Prof Graham A. Loud
- Position: Emeritus Professor of Medieval History
- Areas of expertise: The Norman Kingdom of Sicily, and more generally south Italian history from the tenth to the thirteenth centuries; papal history; the Crusades; Germany in the twelfth and thirteenth centuries
- Email: G.A.Loud@leeds.ac.uk
- Location: Room 336, Michael Sadler Arts Building
- Website: The Social World of the Abbey of Cava
Open Exhibitioner, Merton College, Oxford 1971-4
BA University of Oxford 1974
Senior Scholar Christ Church, Oxford 1975-8
D. Phil. 1978; Lecturer in Medieval History at the University of Leeds 1978-92
Senior Lecturer 1992-9
Reader in Medieval Italian History 1999-2003
Professor of Medieval Italian History 2003-10
Professor of Medieval History 2010-.
Director of the Institute for Medieval Studies 2011-12
Head of the School of History 2012-15
Leverhulme Major Research Fellow 2017-19.
Since retiring in October 2019 I have been busy writing a monograph, The Social World of the Abbey of Cava, c. 1020-1300, research for which was made possible by a Leverhulme Major Research Fellowship, held 2017-19. I finished writing this book just before Christmas 2020, and it is currently going through the production process at Boydell and Brewer, with publication expected in November 2021. I have used the huge archive of the monastery of S. Trinità di Cava, near Salerno (the largest surviving medieval archive in southern Italy) to write a social and economic history of the principality of Salerno, focussing especially on the period 1050-1250, but continuing aspects of the study through to c. 1300. Cava was a major patrimonial landowner in the principality, and much of that region's social history can be written through a discussion of the abbey's benefactors, tenants and dependents. The first stage of that project was an edition of selected twelfth-century charters from the abbey. Publication of this was delayed by the pandemic, but it has now recently appeared: Pergamene scelte della badia di Cava, 1097-1200, a cura di G.A. Loud (Centro europeano di studi normanni: Ariano Irpino, Collana medievale 10, 2021). 405 pp. [ISBN 978-88-98028-146, 25 Euros]. My next project, on which I have already started work, will be an English translation of the Montecassino Chronicle by Leo Marsicanus and his continuators, one of the most important narrative sources from Norman Italy and also a key text for the history of monasticism in the Central Middle Ages. As part of this project, I shall return to study a figure whom I first investigated while writing my doctoral thesis over forty years ago: Peter the Deacon, archivist and chronicler of Montecassino in the 1130s and 1140s, perhaps the most prolific, and certainly one of the most shameless, forgers of the Middle Ages.
My subsidiary interest is in German history during the Staufen period. The Chronicle of Arnold of Lübeck, was published in the Routledge Crusader Texts in Translation series in 2019, and The Origins of the German Principalities 1100-1350, edited with Jochen Schenck, appeared with the same publisher in 2017. I hope to return to this field at some point soon with a study of the murder of bishops in medieval Germany (an all too frequent phenomenon in that violent society).<h4>Research projects</h4> <p>Any research projects I'm currently working on will be listed below. Our list of all <a href="https://ahc.leeds.ac.uk/dir/research-projects">research projects</a> allows you to view and search the full list of projects in the faculty.</p>
- BA University of Oxford 1974
- MA University of Oxford 1977
- D.Phil. University of Oxford 1978
- Fellow of the Royal Historical Society 1982-
- British Society for Byzantine Studies
- Ecclesiastical History Society
- Pipe Roll Society
- Society for the Study of the Crusades
I have now retired and cannot now accept further research students.
Research groups and institutes
- Medieval Studies