Bachelor, Cambridge University, 1957. Master of Arts, Cambridge University, 1960. Doctor of Philosophy, Cambridge University, 1969.
Diploma in education, Oxford University, 1961.
Assistant lecturer French University Aberdeen, Scotland, 1966-1968. Lecturer School Modern Languages and European History, University East Anglia, Norwich, 1968-1974, senior lecturer, since 1974. Reader, 1991; senior fellow, 1996.
Managing editor Norwich Papers Reviews.
Member Society for Seventeenth Century French Studies (treasurer, editor journal. 1978-1992).
Married Margaret Isabella Brown, December 28, 1961. 1 child, Helen Frances Isabella.