Biography and History

Sir Stephen Runciman was an eminent British medievalist. Born in Northumberland, England, he showed a talent for learning languages at an early age. He was a King's Scholar at Eton College, where he became a close friend of George Orwell. In 1921, he entered Trinity College (Cambridge) as a history scholar and earned a fellowship there in 1927 for his work on the Byzantine Empire. After receiving a large inheritance from his grandfather in 1938, Runciman resigned his position at Trinity and began travelling widely. From 1942 to 1945 he was Professor of Byzantine Art and History at Istanbul University, in Turkey, where he began the research on the Crusades which would lead to his best known work, The History of the Crusades (3 vols., 1951-1953). He was knighted in 1958. Runciman died in Radway, Warwickshire, on November 1, 2000.

Source: From the finding aid for C1236

  • Steven Runciman Letters to Jeffrey Schaire. 1983-1991 (inclusive).

    Call Number: C1236

    Consists of letters by British medieval historian and Byzantine art scholar Stephen Runciman to his friend Jeffrey Schaire, editor of Arts and Antiques magazine.

  • Nikos Stangos Papers. 1953-2009 (inclusive).

    Call Number: C1375

    Consists of personal papers of Nikos Stangos, a prolific Modern Greek poet and one of the most influential figures in British art publishing. For more than 30 years he was responsible for some of the most important art books of the late 20th century. As a result, in his modest way, he helped shape the discipline of art history in Britain and the United States.