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Richard Sharpe

Richard Sharpe, Professorial Fellow (1954-2020)

We are sad to announce the death of Richard Sharpe on 21 March 2020.

A cremation ceremony for Richard will take place on Wednesday 29 April at 3.30pm, attended by immediate family only and officiated by Wadham Chaplain Dr Jane Baun. His friends and colleagues are invited to remember him privately at that time. Cards addressed to Michael Clarke can be sent c/o Wadham College. Memorial service details will follow as soon as possible.

  • Richard Sharpe, Professorial Fellow, Wadham College

    Richard Sharpe, Professorial Fellow, Wadham College

Richard Sharpe, Professorial Fellow, Wadham College

Professor Richard Sharpe has been a Fellow of Wadham College since 1990.

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Richard's teaching role is entirely in the University of Oxford Faculty of History, where he teaches postgraduates in the skills necessary for research on unpublished primary sources in manuscript collections and archives. His research interests include medieval books and libraries over an extended period; medieval Latin texts; medieval charters and deeds; various aspects of medieval English, Irish, Scottish, and Welsh history; antiquarian learning in England in the seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries; Irish manuscripts.

An undergraduate at Trinity College, Cambridge, he read Classics followed by Anglo Saxon, Norse and Celtic. His Phd thesis was submitted in the department of Anglo-Saxon, Norse, and Celtic. It dealt with Latin Lives of Irish saints and their manuscript transmission from the seventh century to the seventeenth century. The resulting book was called Medieval Irish Saints' Lives. An Introduction to Vitae Sanctorum Hiberniae (Oxford, 1991). Richard is a Fellow of the British Academy.