Sir John Elliott FBA


Elected 1972

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UK Fellow
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Sir John Elliott was a historian of Spain, Europe and the Americas in the early modern period. He graduated in history at Trinity College Cambridge, of which he was a Fellow from 1954-68, and was an Honorary Fellow. Subsequently he was Professor of History at King's College, London, and the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, before being appointed Regius Professor of Modern History at Oxford, a post from which he retired in 1997. He was a winner of the Wolfson Prize and the Balzan Prize for early modern history, and was knighted for his services to history in 1994. A winner of the Prince of Asturias Prize, he was decorated by the Spanish government and was a trustee of the Prado Museum. His honorary doctorates include Cambridge, London, Brown University, and several Spanish universities, and he was an honorary fellow of Oriel College, Oxford. His most recent work, Scots and Catalans (2018) is a comparative history of Scotland and Catalonia from the Middle Ages to the end of 2017.

Last post

Regius Professor Emeritus of Modern History, University of Oxford

Past appointments

University of Oxford Regius Professor of Modern History

1990 - 1997

Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton Professor in the School of Historical Studies

1973 - 1990

King's College London University of London Professor of History

1968 - 1973


Imperial Spain, 1469-1716 1963

History in the Making 2012

Empires of the Atlantic World. Britain and Spain in America, 1492-1830 2006

The revolt of the Catalans 1963

The Old World and the New, 1492-1650 1970

The Count-Duke of Olivares 1986

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