Books about Malmesbury

  • Dorothy Barnes: Malmesbury from The Archive Photographs series published by The Chalford Publishing Company Ltd. 0 7524 0177 7.
  • John Bowen : The Story of Malmesbury an authoritative history of the town from the earliest times to 1600, published locally in 2000. 0-95397 15-0-3.
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  • David N. Dumville: Wessex and England from Alfred to Edgar. Published by Boydell & Brewer. 0 85115 308 9.
  • Mike Fenton: The Malmesbury Branch published by Wild Swan Publications Ltd. "A railway history which is also a social document and will be of interest to railway enthusiasts, historians and Wiltshire folk." 0 906867 88 6.
  • Stan Hudson: A Hill Top Town. This is a personal account of the history of the town written in 1977 when the author was in his 80th year. Available from the Abbey.
  • Tony Hunt: Anglo-Norman Medicine:II. Shorter Treatises. Published by Boydell & Brewer. Gives an interesting insight into what conditions would have been like at Malmesbury. 0 85991 523 9.
  • Richard Luce: The History of the Abbey and Town of Malmesbury. Published by The Friends of Malmesbury Abbey. An authoritative work by a distinguished amateur local historian who lived from 1867 to 1952.
  • Tony McAleavy: Life in a Medieval Abbey. Published by English Heritage.
  • John Morris(ed): Domesday Book:Wiltshire. Published by Phillimore & Co. Ltd. Lib. ed. 0 85033 159 5, limp 0 85033 160 9.
  • Ben Nilson: Cathedral Shrines of Medieval England. Published by Boydell & Brewer. 0 85115 540 5.
  • Rodney Thomson: William of Malmesbury. Published by Boydell & Brewer. "A series of studies that give a vividly detailed understanding of his interests, work habits and outlook." 0 85115 451 4.
  • Charles Vernon: Malmesbury Then And Now, a portrait of the town in the years 1000, 1900 and 2000. A limited edition produced by the Malmesbury Civic Trust.
  • Bruce W. Watkin: A History of Wiltshire. Published by Phillimore & Co. Ltd. 0 85033 692 9.
  • Michael Watson: Curiosities of Wiltshire. Published by SB Publications. "A wideranging popular history's about how people have lived in the county in the past five thousand years." 1 85770 061 9.
  • William of Malmesbury's Life of Saint Wulstan, trans. J.H.F.Peile, published by LLanerch Publishers. 1 86143 025 6.
  • A Wilson: Castle Combe to Malmesbury from the series Britain in Old Photographs, published by Sutton Publishing Ltd.. 0 7509 0101 2.

In addition The Friends of Malmesbury Abbey have produced a Malmesbury Abbey Popular History Series available from the Abbey Bookshop at 1 each. These include:

  • Aldhelm, first Abbot of Malmesbury, first Bishop of Sherborne
  • Athelstan, the first king of all England
  • Eilmer, Malmesbury's 11th Century flying monk
  • William of Malmesbury
  • Malmesbury Abbey, the dissolution and William Stumpe
  • Translation of letters patent transferring lands and Abbey to William Stumpe dated 1544

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