Robert Peberdy has worked as an editor for the book-packaging company Equinox (Oxford) Ltd and as a researcher and writer for the Oxfordshire office of the Victoria History of the Counties of England, a major research project of London University. He is co-author (with Antonia Catchpole and David Clark) of Burford: Buildings and People in a Cotswold Town, and has written papers on medieval economic history. He is also the Reviews Editor of the journal Oxoniensia. Philip Waller was Fellow and Tutor in History at Merton College, Oxford, from 1971 to 2008, and has been an Emeritus Fellow since then. He also served as Senior Tutor, Sub-Warden, and Acting Warden. Twice a Visiting Professor in the United States, he has lectured there on other occasions and at many British universities. He is a former Editor of the English Historical Review, and his publications include Town, City, & Nation: England 1850 1914 and Writers, Readers, & Reputations: Literary Life in Britain 1870 1918.