silverwhistle (silverwhistle) wrote in oltramar,

A few notes on historians...

Sad to note that Jonathan Riley-Smith died a little while ago.
However, there is a new biography out of Steven Runciman, Outlandish Knight, by Minoo Dinshaw. The famous Beaton portrait of him with his parakeet Benedict is on the cover. I met Runciman briefly in his later years, when he lectured to the Scottish Hellenic Society in St Andrews: he was honorary President of the History Society at St Andrews, and bequeathed the university his library. I think he'd dialled down his campness for the occasion, unfortunately. His real failing as a historian was his preference for romance over accurate handling of sources.
Tags: historians, historiography
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