Professor Peter Spufford

Professor Peter Spufford, Professor Emeritus of European History, Fellow of the British Academy, Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries.

Born in 1934 and from 1962 to 2014 married to Margaret Spufford, a distiguished historian of 16th and 17th century England. They have had two children. Their son Francis is now a well known writer and broadcaster.  Undergraduate, research student and research fellow at Jesus College, 1953 to 1960. University of Keele, 1960 to 1979, from Assistant Lecturer to Acting Head of History Department. Visiting Fellow, Clare Hall, Cambridge 1969-70. Queens' College Fellow from 1979. Faculty of History, 1979 to 2001, successively Reader in Economic History and Professor of European History.  Emeritus since 2001.  Have twice been Visiting Professor at the Unviersity of Leuven, once with the Chair of Burgundian Studies. Visiting Fellow, Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study, 1992-3 and Guest of the Rector, 2005. Guest of Japan Academy, 2003

Key publications include:
Money and its use in Medieval Europe
Handbook of Medieval Exchange
Power and Profit: The Merchant in Medieval Europe (many translations)

Other books:
The Origins of the English Parliament
Monetary Problems and Policies in the Burgundian Netherlands
Later Medieval Mints: Organisation, Administration and Techniques
Other Books include: The Records of the Nation
Index to the Probate Accounts of England and Wales
How Rarely did Medieval Merchants use Coin
Also 76 articles in journals and chapters in edited books, including the Cambridge Economic History of Europe and the New Cambridge Medieval History.

Research
The economic history of late medieval Western Europe, particularly finance, trade and the use of money, especially focussed on the most commercially advanced areas of late medieval Europe, Northern Italy and the Southern Netherlands. From Venice to London, the financial centres of Europe, from 13th to 21st centuries. Medieval European Coinage, volumes on the Low Countries. Comparative monetary developments in Western Europe and Japan. Effects of monetary changes on trade.
College
01223 335511
Position
  • Life Fellow