John Richard Green
(12 December 1837 – 7 March 1883) was an English historian
Born the son of a tradesman in Oxford
, where he was educated, first at Magdalen College School
, and then at Jesus College
where he is commemorated by the J. R. Green Society, which meets twice a term.
He entered the Church, and served various cures in London, under a constant strain caused by delicate health. Always an enthusiastic student of history
, the little leisure time he had was devoted to research.
Turn to historical writings
In 1869 he finally gave up his work as a clergyman
, and was appointed librarian
at Lambeth. He had been laying plans for various historical works, including a History of the English Church as exhibited in a series of Lives of the Archbishops of Canterbury
, and, what he proposed as his magnum opus
, a history of England under the Angevin
kings. After suffering from failing health he abandoned these projects and instead concentrated his energies on the preparation of his A Short History of the English People
, which appeared in 1874, and at once gave him an assured place in the first rank of historical writers.
Abandoning his proposed history of the Angevins, he confined himself to expanding his Short History
into A History of the English People
in 4 volumes. (1878–80), and writing The Making of England
, of which one volume only, coming down to 828, had appeared when he died at Mentone in March 1883. After his death appeared......