Prof Graham A. Loud

Prof Graham A. Loud


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.

Research interests

I am currently enjoying tenure of a Leverhulme Major Research Fellowship, working on a project entitled 'The Social World of the Abbey of Cava, c. 1020-1300'. This will eventually result in a monograph with that title, to be published by Boydell and Brewer, due for delivery in May 2020. This project uses 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 the project will entail publication of an edition of selected twelfth-century charters from the abbey, which I have recently completed. (Pergamene scelte della badia di Cava, 1097-1200, to be published by the 'Centro europeano di studi normanni' of Ariano Irpino). This, it is hoped, will appear during 2019.

My subsidiary interest is in German history during the Staufen period. I have recently completed an English translation of the Chronicle of Arnold of Lübeck, to appear in the Routledge Crusader Texts in Translation series, publication of which is scheduled for May 2019. I have also recently published two edited collections, The Making of Medieval History, edited with Martial Staub (York Medieval Press 2017), and The Origins of the German Principalities 1100-1350, edited with Jochen Schenck (Routledge 2017).

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  • BA University of Oxford 1974
  • MA University of Oxford 1977
  • D.Phil. University of Oxford 1978

Professional memberships

  • 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

Student education

I am currently on study leave.

Research groups and institutes

  • Medieval Studies

Current postgraduate researchers

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