Biography

Tom Licence attended Westcliff High School for Boys grammar school in Essex and took his degrees at Magdalene College, Cambridge, graduating with a double starred first. Funded by the AHRC through his postgraduate studies, he was elected to a Research Fellowship at Magdalene in 2006, before being appointed Lecturer in Medieval History at UEA in 2009, and Senior Lecturer in 2013. He is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society, a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries, and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. 

Academic Background

M.A. History; University of Cambridge (2002)

M.Phil. Medieval History; University of Cambridge (2003)

Ph.D. History; University of Cambridge (2006)

All Publications

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Gregory, D., Licence, T.

(2017)

Historic Global Commodity Networks: the Research Potential of Rubbish Dumps for the Study of Rural Household Market Access during the late Nineteenth and Early Twentieth Centuries,

in Rural History

28

(2)

pp. 161-175

Full Text UEA Repository

(Article)

(Published)


Licence, T.

(2017)

Edward the Confessor and the Succession Question: A Fresh Look at the Sources,

in Anglo-Norman Studies XXXIX : Proceedings of the Battle Conference 2016.

Boydell & Brewer

ISBN 9781783272211

Full Text UEA Repository

(Conference contribution)

(Published)


Licence, T.

(2016)

The date and authorship of the Vita Ædwardi regis,

in Anglo-Saxon England

44

pp. 259-285

Full Text UEA Repository

(Article)

(Published)


Licence, T.

(2015)

What the Victorians Threw Away,

Oxbow Books

ISBN 9781782978756

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(Book)

(Published)


Licence, T.

(2014)

Herman the Archdeacon and Goscelin of Saint-Bertin, Miracles of St Edmund,

Oxford University Press

ISBN 978-0-19-968919-4

UEA Repository

(Book)

(Published)


Licence, T. (ed.)

(2014)

Bury St Edmunds and the Norman Conquest,

Boydell Press

ISBN 978-1-84383-931-6

UEA Repository

(Book)

(Published)


Licence, T.

(2014)

New Light on the Life and Work of Herman the Archdeacon,

in Bury St Edmunds and the Norman Conquest.

Boydell Press

pp. 94-103

UEA Repository

(Chapter)

(Published)


Licence, T.

(2014)

The Cult of St Edmund,

in Bury St Edmunds and the Norman Conquest.

Boydell Press

pp. 104-130

ISBN 978-1-84383-931-6

UEA Repository

(Conference contribution)

(Published)


Licence, T.

(2013)

Robert of Jumièges, Archbishop in Exile,

in Anglo-Saxon England

42

pp. 311-324

Full Text UEA Repository

(Article)

(Published)


Stoddart, S., Barone, P., Ferrara, C., Pettinelli, E., Bennett, J., Malone, C., Ceccarelli, L., Fulminante, F., Cifani, G., Clackson, J., Della Giovampaola, I., Licence, T., Matacchioni, L., Mullen, A., Nomi, F., Redhouse, D., Whitehead, N.

(2012)

Opening the frontier: The Gubbio-Perugia frontier in the course of history,

in Papers of the British School at Rome

80

pp. 257-294

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(Article)

(Published)


Licence, T.

(2012)

Herbert Losinga's Trip to Rome and the Bishopric of Bury St Edmunds,

in Anglo Norman Studies

32

pp. 151-68

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(Article)

(Published)


Licence, T.

(2012)

'Religious Devotion in the Diocese, 900-1200',

in Walsingham: Richeldis 950, Pilgrimage and History.

R. C. National Shrine, Walsingham

pp. 20-45

UEA Repository

(Chapter)

(Published)


Licence, T.

(2011)

Hermits and Recluses in English Society, 950-1250,

Oxford University Press

UEA Repository

(Book)

(Published)


Licence, T.

(2011)

Public Spectacle,

in A Social History of England, 900-1200.

Cambridge University Press

UEA Repository

(Chapter)

(Published)


Licence, T.

(2009)

History and Hagiography in the Late Eleventh Century: The Life and Work of Herman the Archdeacon, Monk of Bury St Edmunds,

in English Historical Review

24(508)

UEA Repository

(Article)

(Published)


Licence, T.

(2007)

'‘Evidence of recluses in eleventh-century England’',

in Anglo-Saxon England

36

UEA Repository

(Article)

(Published)


Licence, T.

(2007)

'‘Goscelin of Saint-Bertin and the hagiography of St Eadwold of Cerne’',

in Journal of Medieval Latin

16

UEA Repository

(Article)

(Published)


Licence, T.

(2007)

'‘The Norwich narrative and the East Anglian bishopric’',

in Norfolk Archaeology

45

UEA Repository

(Article)

(Published)


Licence, T.

(2006)

'‘The Life and Miracles of Godric of Throckenholt’',

in Analecta Bollandiana

124

UEA Repository

(Article)

(Published)


Licence, T.

(2006)

Military orders as monastic orders’, Society for the Study of the Crusades & the Latin East Journal',

in Crusades

5

UEA Repository

(Article)

(Published)


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Key Research Interests

Dr Licence specializes in the period 950-1200, with interests in religious history, historical writing, and the Norman Conquest. He has published on topics ranging from episcopal politics to the Knights Templar and Hospitaller, Cistercian spirituality, saints' cults, historical writing, and the role of hermits and recluses in society. He edits and translates Latin hagiography, and is currently working on a new biography of Edward the Confessor commissioned for the acclaimed series Yale English Monarchs. An additional interest takes him into the world of Victorian waste and consumption, which he is also researching at present.

 

Books:

What the Victorians Threw Away (Oxbow, 2015)

 

(Ed.) Herman the Archdeacon and Goscelin of Saint-Bertin, Miracles of St Edmund, Oxford Medieval Texts (Oxford, 2014).

 

(Ed.) Bury St Edmunds and the Norman Conquest (Woodbridge, 2014). 

 

Hermits and Recluses in English Society 950-1200 (Oxford, 2011).

 

Articles and chapters:

Robert of Jumiéges, Archbishop in Exile (1052-55), Anglo-Saxon England 42 (2013), 311-29.

 

'Herbert Losinga's Trip to Rome and the Bishopric of Bury St Edmunds', Anglo-Norman Studies 34 (2012), 151-68.

 

'Religious Devotion in the Diocese, 900-1200', in Walsingham, Richeldis 950: Pilgrimage and History (Walsingham, 2012), 29-45.

 

‘Public Spectacle’, a chapter in A Social History of England, 900-1200, ed. Elizabeth van Houts and Julia Crick (Cambridge, 2011).

 

‘History and Hagiography in the Late Eleventh Century: the Life and Work of Herman the Archdeacon, Monk of Bury St Edmunds’, English Historical Review 124 (2009), 1-29.

 

‘The Norwich Narrative and the East Anglian Bishopric’, Norfolk Archaeology 45 (2007), 198-204.

 

‘Evidence of Recluses in Eleventh-Century England’, Anglo-Saxon England 36 (2007), 221-34.

 

‘Goscelin of Saint-Bertin and the Hagiography of St Eadwold of Cerne’, Journal of Medieval Latin 16 (2007), 182-207.

 

‘Military Orders as Monastic Orders’, Society for the Study of the Crusades and the Latin East Journal, Crusades Vol. 5 (2006), 39-53.

 

‘The Origins of the Monastic Communities of St Benedict at Holme and Bury St Edmunds’, Revue bénédictine 116 (2006), 42-61.

 

‘The Life and Miracles of Godric of Throckenholt’, Analecta Bollandiana 124 (2006), 15-43.

 

‘The Templars and the Hospitallers, Christ and the Saints’, Society for the Study of the Crusades and the Latin East Journal, Crusades Vol. 4 (2005), 39-57.

 

‘Suneman and Wulfric: Two Forgotten Saints of St Benedict’s Abbey at Holme in Norfolk’, Analecta Bollandiana 122 (2004), 361-72.

 

‘The Gift of Seeing Demons in Early Cistercian Spirituality’, Cistercian Studies Quarterly 39 (2004), 49-65.

 

‘The Benedictines, the Cistercians and the Acquisition of a Hermitage in Twelfth-Century Durham’, Journal of Medieval History 29 (2003), 315-29.

Teaching Interests

Anglo-Saxon England

Anglo-Norman England

Ecclesiastical History

Latin Texts

Administrative Posts

Director of the Centre of East Anglian Studies

Senior Adviser