Professor David Abulafia FBA

  • College positions:
    Life Fellow
    Papathomas Professorial Fellow
    Former Fellow Librarian
  • University positions:
    Professor of Mediterranean History
  • Subjects: History


MA in History (Cambridge), PhD in History (Cambridge), LittD (Cambridge)

Awards and prizes

British Academy Medal (2013)
Commendatore dell’Ordine della Stella della Solidarietà Italiana (Italian Republic, 2004)
Elected to Academia Europaea (2002)

Research interests

The Mediterranean at all periods but especially in the Middle Ages and Renaissance, and above all Italy and Spain; attitudes to non-Christians in medieval Europe and the early Atlantic world. Books include Frederick II (1988), The Mediterranean in History (2003), Italy in the central Middle Ages (2004), The Discovery of Mankind: Atlantic encounters in the age of Columbus (2008) and The Great Sea: a human history of the Mediterranean (2011).

Teaching interests

Part II paper on The Jewish Presence in Medieval Society; Special Subject on King René of Anjou: chivalry, patronage and power in fifteenth-century Europe (starting in 2011)

Other interests