Peterhouse historians such as Herbert Butterfield, Maurice Cowling, David Knowles, Hugh Trevor-Roper and Tony Wrigley have played a prominent role in the intellectual development of the modern historical profession. The College currently has four Fellows in History and allied subjects who cover, between them, ancient, medieval, early modern, and modern history, and who teach a number of papers in British and European history, and the history of political thought. As a result, many supervisions in your first and second year, and some in your final year, will take place in College.
Sophie Lunn-Rockliffe specializes in late Roman history, with a focus on early Christian life and thought; Magnus Ryan works on the history of political ideas, especially in the Middle Ages, and the relationship between law and politics between roughly 1100 and 1600; Scott Mandelbrote’s interests range across early modern British and European intellectual history, in particular the history of scholarship and the history of science; Brendan Simms works on modern European history, with interests in the German Question, Britain and Europe, humanitarian intervention and state construction.
The Peterhouse History Society meets regularly and is organized by our undergraduates. It invites distinguished speakers from outside Cambridge to talk about their work in an informal setting. The Ward Library – named after one of the editors of The Cambridge Modern History – houses one of the most complete collections of modern historical literature in the University, tailored to the needs of undergraduate historians.