Nora Kershaw Chadwick

Nora Kershaw Chadwick

Nora Kershaw Chadwick (1891– 24 April 1972), CBE, was a noted medievalist.



Chadwick was born in Lancashire in 1891. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of Cambridge and lectured at St Andrews during World War I. She returned to Cambridge in 1919 to study Anglo-Saxon and Old Norse under Professor Hector Munro Chadwick. They were married in 1922.[1] The Chadwicks turned their home into a literary salon, a tradition which Chadwick maintained after the death of her husband in 1947.[1] Most of her life was spent on research, mainly into the Celts.[2] Chadwick received honorary degrees from the University of Wales, the National University of Ireland and the University of St Andrews, and she was a respected scholar in her own right. She was made Commander of the Order of the British Empire in 1961.[1]


  • The Growth of Literature was published in 1932. She published a series on Russian literature:
I: The Ancient Literatures of Europe (1932)
II: Russian Oral Literature, Yugoslav Oral Poetry, Early Indian Literature, Early Hebrew Literature (1936)
III: The Oral Literature of the Tatars and Polynesia, etc. (1940)

She also wrote The Beginnings of Russian History, an enquiry into sources (1946).

  • Chadwick collaborated with V. M. Zhirmunsky on a revision of the part of volume III that deals with epic poetry in Central Asian languages. The revised text was published separately in 1969 as Oral Epics of Central Asia.
In 1955 she wrote Poetry and Letters in early Christian Gaul.
In 1949 she wrote Early Scotland.
In 1954 she published Studies in Early British History.
In 1963 she wrote Celtic Britain (ancient people and places).
In 1964 she wrote The Age of Saints in the Celtic Church.
In 1965 she published The colonization of Brittany from Celtic Britain.
in 1966 she wrote The Druids
In 1967 she wrote Celtic Realms with Myles Dillon.
In 1970 she wrote The Celts with an introductory chapter by Dr. J.X.W.P.Corcoran: The Origins of the Celts: The Archaeological Evidence.[2]
  • Nora Chadwick also wrote about the Anglo-Saxon language:
In 1955 she published The Study of Anglo-Saxon with her husband.

A list of the publications of Hector and Nora Chadwick was printed for her 80th birthday in 1971.


  1. ^ a b c 'Nora Kershaw Chadwick'. By H. R. Ellis Davidson. Folklore, Vol. 83, No. 3 (Autumn, 1972), pp. 254-255
  2. ^ a b 'Nora Chadwick' The Celts 1970


  • Chadwick, Nora K. "The Monsters and Beowulf." The Anglo-Saxons: Studies in Some Aspects of Their History. Ed. Peter ed Clemoes. London: Bowes & Bowes, 1959. 171-203.
  • Chadwick, Nora "The Celts" with an introductory chapter by J.X.W.P.Corcoran.. Penguin Books 1970.

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