Patrick Wormald was born in 1947 and educated at Eton (King's scholar) and Balliol College, Oxford. He was a Prize Fellow of All Souls College, Oxford, from 1969 to 1973 and an external fellow from 1974 to 1984. He was Lecturer in Medieval History at the University of Glasgow from 1974 to 1989 and has been Tutor and Lecturer in History at Christ Church College, Oxford, since 1990. He was a British Academy Research Reader in the Humanities from 1987 to 1989. Much of his work has concerned Bede and the conversion of the Anglo-Saxons, seen in its European setting; he edited Ideal and Reality in Frankish and Anglo-Saxon Society (1983). He has since been working on Anglo-Saxon law and its place in English and European legal history. His book The Making of English Law: King Alfred to the Norman Conquest is forthcoming. He is married to the historian Jenny Wormald and they have two sons.