Canon Professor Nicholas Orme was born in Bristol and read History at Oxford where his teachers included W. G. Hoskins.
He is Emeritus Professor at the University of Exeter and during his 43 years’ service he developed a keen interest in the local area. He was appointed an honorary lay canon of Truro Cathedral in recognition of his work in Cornwall. Now retired, he has returned to live in Oxford but continues to visit Devon and Cornwall on a regular basis.
Below is a selection of his previous publications:
(1973) English Schools in the Middle Ages, Routledge
(1976) Education in the West of England, 1066-1548, University of Exeter Press
(1980) The Minor Clergy of Exeter Cathedral: 1300-1548 — a list of the minor officers, vicars choral, annuellars, secondaries and choristers, University of Exeter Press
(1983) Early British Swimming, 55 B.C.-1719 A.D: with the first swimming treatise in English, 1595, University of Exeter Press
(1984) From Childhood to Chivalry: Education of the English Kings and Aristocracy, Routledge
(1987) Exeter Cathedral as It Was, 1050-1550, Devon Books
(1988) Education in Early Tudor England: Magdalen College Oxford and Its School, 1480-1540, Magdalen College
(1989) Education and Society in Mediaeval and Renaissance England, Hambledon Continuum
(1989) Table Manners for Children, by John Lydgate; with translation and introduction by Nicholas Orme
(1991) Unity and Variety: a History of the Church in Devon and Cornwall
(1996) English Church Dedications: With a Survey of Cornwall and Devon, University of Exeter Press
(2000) The Saints of Cornwall, Oxford University Press
(2001) Medieval Children, New Haven: Yale University Press
(2006) Medieval Schools: From Roman Britain to Tudor England, New Haven: Yale University Press
(2018) Medieval Pilgrimage: With a Survey of Cornwall, Devon, Dorset, Somerset and Bristol, Impress Books
He recently featured in the BBC Four documentary Too Much, Too Young: The Children of the Middle Ages.