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Philip Grierson 1910–2006

Christopher Brooke and Lord Stewartby

in Proceedings of the British Academy, Volume 150 Biographical Memoirs of Fellows, VI

Published by British Academy

Published in print March 2008 | ISBN: 9780197264232
Published online February 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191734243 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5871/bacad/9780197264232.003.0004

Series: Proceedings of the British Academy

Philip Grierson 1910–2006

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Philip Grierson, historian and numismatist, was for seventy years a Fellow of Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge, and for over sixty of them he lived in the same set of rooms. His work on the Cambridge Medieval History, culminating in his production of the Shorter History in 1952, brought him an encyclopaedic knowledge of the political structures of medieval Europe. This gave Grierson a much broader historical background than most historians or numismatists can command. He was equally at home in the fifth century and the fifteenth, in western Europe or the Byzantine east.

Keywords: historian; numismatist; medieval Europe; biography; obituary

Chapter.  11474 words. 

Subjects: Methods and Historiography

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