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Professor Graeme Small

Professor (Late Medieval History)

Professor (Late Medieval History) in the Department of History
Member of the Institute of Medieval and Early Modern Studies


I came to Durham in 2012 after a long spell at Glasgow University, and before that I held posts at Keele, Newcastle uponTyne and Edinburgh, where I was also an undergraduate and postgraduate. I studied French with European History for my first degree, spending my year abroad in Aix-en-Provence, and a gap year before the PhD as a lecteur d’anglais in the English department at Caen. During my doctoral work I enjoyed lengthy periods of research in northern France and Belgium, and although I continue to go back there for my research, I also get the chance to work further afield in France and the Low Countries.

I have supervised doctoral students in a wide range of fields in the later medieval period, including material culture in the Burgundian Netherlands, literary and manuscript sources from the Low Countries, cross-Channel relations during the Hundred Years’ War (using legal and diplomatic sources, among other things), urban history in France and the Burgundian dominions (drawing on town accounts and other municipal records), the history of the court (using Scottish as well as Burgundian sources) and more obviously biographical studies. I also have experience as a secondary supervisor of working with municipal and manuscript sources from other parts of Europe. I have worked with prospective PhD students to write successful grant applications for funding in open competition, winning full awards from the Students Award Agency Scotland, the AHRB/AHRC, the ESRC and the Carnegie Institute for the Universities of Scotland. These experiences stood me in good stead for setting up internal arrangements in my last job to run the AHRC’s Block Grant Partnership awards. Not everyone is interested in an academic job once they have finished the PhD, but for those that are I look to develop a profile that enhances their prospects of success in the market. Five of my PhD students hold or have held university lectureships in History. If you are interested in finding out more about doing doctoral research with me, get in touch using the contact details on this page.

My own research continues to focus on historical and political culture in the Burgundian Low Countries with a particular emphasis on city and court, but I am working increasingly on French material, especially since my last book, and I am interested in urban sources, in particular town council minutes.

Research interests

  • French and Anglo-Norman Vernacular historography 12th-15th centuries
  • Town council minutes 13th-16th centuries (France, Low Countries, British Isles)
  • The historical writings of Johan Huizinga
  • The Valois Burgundian court
  • French political life, 1300-1500


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