Ann Williams (historian)

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Ann Williams is an English medievalist, historian and author. Before retiring she worked at the Polytechnic of North London, where she was Senior Lecturer in Medieval History. She is a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries and a Research Fellow at the University of East Anglia. Her numerous works include:

  • A Biographical Dictionary of Dark Age Britain: England, Scotland, and Wales, c.500-c.1050, Routledge (1991), with Alfred P. Smyth and D. P. Kirby. Williams wrote the English entries.
  • The English and the Norman Conquest, (Woodbridge, 1995)
  • Land, Power and Politics: the family estates and patronage of Odda of Deerhurst (Deerhurst, 1997)
  • Kingship and Government in Pre-Conquest England, c. 500–1066 (London, 1999)
  • Æthelred the Unready: the ill-counselled king, (London, 2003)
  • The World Before Domesday: the English aristocracy, 900–1066 (London, 2008)


  • Williams, Ann, Kingship and Government in Pre-Conquest England, c.500–1066 (London, 1999), back cover