About this Fellow
My career has been spent partly as a curator of historical material, partly as a university teacher of medieval history: Warwickshire County Record Office 1954-6; Department of Manuscripts, British Museum, 1957-66; Department of History, University of Southampton, 1966-78; Department of History, University of Durham, 1978-85. My professional interests are (1) the social and economic history of medieval England, which has recently included an interest in documents' seals; (2) the history of cartography in general, though recently concentrated on medieval maps; (3) archives and record keeping. I have published articles in all three fields, books in 1 and 2. I have a personal interest in collecting locally produced guidebooks from Great Britain and Ireland before 1914, and tourist picture books from the copper engravings of the early 19th century to the coloured half-tones of the mid-20th, when the genre died out.
- Emeritus Professor of Medieval History, University of Durham
- Assistant Keeper, Department of Manuscripts, British Museum, Other Institutions, 1957 - 1966
- Lecturer/Senior Lecturer in Medieval, Social and Economic History, University of Southampton, 1966 - 1978
- Professor of Medieval History, University of Durham, 1978 - 1985
- Professor of Medieval History, University of Durham, University of Durham, 1978
- Warwick County Record Office, Other Institutions, 1954 - 1956
- Emeritus Professor of Medieval History, University of Durham, University of Durham, 1978
Law Private Law (Contract, Restitution, Tort) Legal History Intellectual Property and Information Law Scots Law Private Law (Property, Equity, Trusts) Private Law (Family, Persons)
Western European art and architecture 1100-1400; royal and ecclesiastical patronage; the art of liturgy and death; hagiography; wall, panel and manuscript painting; Cambridge illuminated manuscripts; international artistic relations.
Medieval history: narrative sources, primarily in north-western Europe in the 11th to 13th centuries, as evidence for the perceptions and values that shaped war and politics.
Islamic history 1050-1250, especially Iran and Syria; Muslim perspectives of the crusades, the scholar al-Ghazali and the caliphate.