Professor Carole Rawcliffe BA, PhD, FSA, FRHistS


Carole Rawcliffe is Professor of Medieval History and a former Director of the Centre of East Anglian Studies at the University of East Anglia.  She specialises in the history of medicine, and is the author of a number of general studies, including Medicine and Society in Later Medieval England (1995), Leprosy in Medieval England (2006) and, most recently, Public Health in Late Medieval English Towns and Cities, 1250-1530 (2013).  Much of her work draws upon East Anglia’s remarkable medieval archives, which have furnished material for articles on monastic medicine, pilgrimage and urban health, as well as for studies of Norwich’s Great Hospital, Medicine for Soul: The Life, Death and Resurrection of an English Medieval Hospital (1999), and The Hospitals of Medieval Norwich (1995).  Together with Richard Wilson, she edited Medieval Norwich and Norwich since 1550 (2004), which involved a team of thirty-six historians.  Having already produced an edition of the cartulary of St Mary’s hospital, Yarmouth, for the Norfolk Record Society (vol. LXXI), she is currently editing the larger and more challenging Norwich Chamberlains’ Account Book for 1537-1547, which covers the Dissolution of the Monasteries and the transformation of Norwich into a Protestant city.

In order to bring Norwich’s past to a wider public, Carole has collaborated with the Arts and Humanities Research Council and Norwich HEART in the production of websites about the Great Hospital ( and Norwich Blackfrairs (  She is also a member of the Norfolk Records Committee and of the Victoria County History Trust.