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Thomas Hodgkin (historian)

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Thomas Hodgkin
Thomas Hodgkin

Thomas Hodgkin, FBA (29 July 1831 – 2 March 1913)[1] was a British historian and biographer.

A Quaker minister and banker, Hodgkin, as an amateur historian produced his magnum opus, a history of the wars of the late Roman Empire. [2]


Hodgkin was son of John Hodgkin,[3] barrister and Quaker minister, and Elizabeth Howard (daughter of Luke Howard).

In 1861 he married Lucy Ann (1841–1934) (daughter of Alfred Fox who created Glendurgan Garden and Sarah, born Lloyd, his wife). They had three sons and three daughters

Having been educated as a member of the Society of Friends and taken the degree of B.A. at the University of London, he became a partner in the banking house of Hodgkin, Barnett, Pease and Spence, Newcastle-on-Tyne, a firm afterwards amalgamated with Lloyds Bank.

While continuing in business as a banker, Hodgkin devoted a good deal of time to historical study, and soon became a leading authority on the history of the early Middle Ages, his books. His magnum opus became Italy and her Invaders, published in eight volumes. He died at Falmouth[4] on 2 March 1913. His and the Hodgkin family papers are held at the Wellcome Library in London.[5]


The family of Thomas and Lucy Hodgkin is listed as:[6]

Lucy Violet Hodgkin, later Holdsworth, (1869–1954) was a writer and gave the 1919 Swarthmore Lecture under the title Silent Worship: The way of wonder. L.V. Hodgkin assembled her father's letters and wrote a memorial to her brother, George, published in 1923 [8]

Their daughter, Ellen Sophia Bosanquet wrote an autobiography, published by her daughter, Diana Hardman, as Late Harvest: Memories, letters poems.


His chief works are:

  • Italy and her Invaders (8 vols., Oxford, 1880–1899; vols. I, II, 1890, (revised 1892), vols. III, IV, 1892 (rev 1896), vols. V, VI, 1895, vols. VII, VIII, 1899); republished as The Barbarian Invasions of the Roman Empire, (8 vols., The Folio Society, 2001) [2]
  • The Dynasty of Theodosius (Oxford, 1889);
  • Theodoric the Goth (London, 1891);[9]
  • An introduction to the Letters of Cassiodorus: being a condensed translation of the Variae Epistolae of Magnus Aurelius Cassiodorus, Senator (London, 1886).[10]

He also wrote a Life of Charles the Great (London, 1897); Life of George Fox (Boston, 1896); and the opening volume of Longman's Political History of England (London, 1906).


  1. ^ Martin, G. H. (2004) "Hodgkin, Thomas (1831–1913), historian" in Oxford Dictionary of National Biography
  2. ^ a b Hodgkin, Thomas (2001). The Barbarian Invasions of the Roman Empire. The Folio Society. pp. General Introduction. ASIN B001UHAOK8.
  3. ^ Hilton, Christopher (2004) "Hodgkin, John (1800–1875)" in Oxford Dictionary of National Biography
  4. ^ Quaker profiles by Sir George Newman, Bannisdale Press, 1946, pp.48-62
  5. ^ Wellcome Library catalogue entry forn the Hodgkin Family papers.
  6. ^ Bosanquet, Ellen Sophie (1970) Late Harvest – Memories, Letters and Poems. p. 7.
  7. ^ "Mr R. H. Hodgkin". Nature. 140 (3546): 676. 16 October 1937. doi:10.1038/140676a0.
  8. ^ George Lloyd Hodgkin 1880 - 1918 available online at Internet Archive 
  9. ^ Theodoric the Goth by Thomas Hodgkin. Project Gutenberg
  10. ^ Letters of Cassiodorus. Project Gutenberg


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