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Department of History

Staff Profile

Professor Graeme Small

Professor (Late Medieval History) in the Department of History

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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 Groups


Authored book

Chapter in book

  • Published ''Municipal registers of deliberations in the late Middle Ages: cross-Channel comparisons'', in Genet, J.-P. (ed.), Les idées passent-elles La Manche?, Paris: Presses universitaires de la Sorbonne, pp. 37-66
  • Published ''Of Burgundian dukes, counts, saints and kings, 14 C.E. - 1500'', in Boulton, J. & Veenstra, J. (eds.), The ideology of Burgundy, Leiden: Brill, pp. 151-94
  • Published ''When indiciaires meet rederijkers: a contribution to the history of the Burgundian theatre state'', in Oosterman, J. (ed.), Stad van koopmanschap en vrede. Literaire cultuur in Brugge op de grens van Middeleeuwen en rederijkerstijd, Leuven: Peeters, pp. 130-62
  • 2013 '‘The Scottish court in the fifteenth century: a view from Burgundy’', in Paravicini, Werner (ed.), La cour de Bourgogne et l’Europe. Le rayonnement et les limites d’un modèle culturel, Thorbecke Jan Verlag, pp. 456-474
  • 2007 '‘Robert Campin et la “révolution démocratique” de Tournai: contextes politiques, socio-économiques et culturels’', in Nys, L. & Vanwijnsberghe, D. (eds.), Campin in context, Valenciennes-Brussels: Presses universitaires de Valenciennes – Institut royale du patrimoine artistique, pp. 43-50
  • 2006 '‘Local elites and “national” mythologies in the Burgundian dominions in the fifteenth century’', in Suntrup, R. & Veenstra, J. (eds.), Building the past/Konstruktion der eigenen Vergangenheit, Frankfurt: Fritz Lang, pp. 229-45
  • 2000 ''The centre, the periphery and the problem of power distribution in later medieval France'', in Allmand, C. (ed.), War, government and power in later medieval France, Liverpool UP, pp. 145-74
  • 1996 ''Chroniqueurs et culture historique au bas Moyen Âge'', in Nys, L. & Salamagne, A. (eds.), Valenciennes au Moyen Âge (winning volume, Prix Roger van der Weyden, 1997), Presses universitaires de Valenciennes, pp. 271-96
  • 1993 ''Les origines de la ville de Tournai dans les chroniques légendaires du bas moyen âge'', in Pycke, J. & Dumoulin, J. (eds.), Les grands siècles de Tournai (12e-15e siècles), Tournai/Louvain-la-Neuve: Casterman, pp. 81-113

Edited book

  • 2001 (co-edited with Brown, A. & Cauchies, J.-M.) Le héros bourguignon. Épopée et histoire (XIVe-XVIe siècles), Brussels: Centre européen d'études bourguignonnes, xii + 260pp pp.

Journal Article

  • 2012 (co-authored with Dumolyn, Jan) 'Parole d'État et mémoire "collective" dan les pays bourguignons: les discours prononcés devant des assemblées représentatives (XVe - XVIe siècle)', Publications du Centre Européen d'Etudes Bourguignonnes 52, pp. 15-28
  • 2011 '‘For a long “Century of Burgundy”’', Bijdragen en Mededelingen betreffende de Geschiedenis der Nederlanden 26, pp. 54-69
  • 2002 (co-authored with Hindley, Alan) '‘Le Ju du Grand Dominé et du Petit: une moralité tournaisienne inédite du Moyen Âge tardif (fin XVe-début XVIe siècle). Étude et édition’', Revue belge de philologie et d’histoire vol. 80, pp. 413-56
  • 2002 '‘The “Burgundian State” since Richard Vaughan’', The Bulletin of the Society for Renaissance studies 19, pp. 1-9