Kate Norgate

Kate Norgate (1853–1935) was a British historian. She was one of the first women to achieve academic success in this sphere.[1] She is best known for her history of England under the Angevin kings and for coining the name Angevin Empire to describe their domains. She was self-educated in the Victorian era when higher education was generally denied to women. Her obituary in The Times described her as "the most learned woman historian of the pre-academic period."[2]

Norgate contributed 44 entries to the Dictionary of National Biography. In 1929 she was elected an honorary fellow of Somerville College, Oxford.[1]


  • Kate Norgate England Under The Angevin Kings, In Two Volumes- Originally Published: London (1887).[3] At Questia
  • J.R. Green, M. A. Edited by Mrs. J.R. Green and Miss Kate Norgate. Green's "Short History," Illustrated; A Short History Of The English People. In four volumes. Vol. IV. New-York: Harper & Brothers. (1895).
  • Kate Norgate, The Alleged Condemnation of King John by the Court of France in 1202 Transactions of the Royal Historical Society, New Series, Vol. 14, (1900), pp. 53-67
  • Kate Norgate, John Lackland (1902) Macmillan[4] (See John, King of England.)
  • Kate Norgate, The Minority of Henry the Third (1912)[5]
  • Kate Norgate, Richard the Lion Heart (1924).
  • Kate Norgate, Philip of France Wins the French Domains of the English Kings (1202-1204) Research paper(1912).


  1. ^ a b Woolf, D. R., ed. (3 June 2014). "Norgate, Kate by Ellen Jacobs". A Global Encyclopedia of Historical Writing. vol. II K–Z. Routledge. p. 663. ISBN 978-1-134-81998-0.
  2. ^ Peterson, Linda H., ed. (2015). The Cambridge Companion to Victorian Women's Writing. Cambridge University Press. p. 378. ISBN 978-1-316-39034-4.
  3. ^ Freeman, Edward A. (October 1887). "Review of England under the Angevin Kings (2 vols.) by Kate Norgate". The English Historical Review: 774–780.
  4. ^ Adams, George B. (1904). "Review of John Lackland by Kate Norgate". The American Historical Review. doi:10.1086/ahr/9.2.352. ISSN 1937-5239.
  5. ^ Powicke, F. M. (1913). "Review of The Minority of Henry the Third by Kate Norgate". The Scottish Historical Review. 10: 403–405.