Tom Licence attended Westcliff High School for Boys grammar school in Essex and took his degrees at Magdalene College, Cambridge, graduating with a double starred first. Funded by the AHRC through his postgraduate studies, he was elected to a Research Fellowship at Magdalene in 2006, before being appointed Lecturer in Medieval History at UEA in 2009, and Senior Lecturer in 2013. He is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society, a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries, and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.
Tom specialises in the period 950-1200, with interests in religious history, historical writing, and the Norman Conquest. He has published on topics ranging from episcopal politics to the Knights Templar and Hospitaller, Cistercian spirituality, saints' cults, historical writing, and the role of hermits and recluses in society. He edits and translates Latin hagiography, and is currently working on a new biography of Edward the Confessor commissioned for the acclaimed series Yale English Monarchs. An additional interest takes him into the world of Victorian waste and consumption, which he is also researching at present.