Joan M. Hussey

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Joan Mervyn Hussey (5 June 1907 Trowbridge, Wiltshire – 20 February 2006 Virginia Water, Surrey), MA PhD FSA FRHistS was a British Byzantine scholar and historian.[1]


Hussey was educated privately at home, at Trowbridge High School for Girls, and at the Lycée Victor Duruy in Paris. She went on to St Hugh's College, Oxford, graduating with a BA and MA in Modern History in 1925. Following a period of supervision under Sir David Ross, she moved to the University of London and in 1935 completed a PhD supervised by Norman H. Baynes.


Personal life[edit]

During her retirement she was received into the Roman Catholic church by the noted Jesuit theologian John Coventry[2] She was unmarried and had no children.


  • Church & Learning in the Byzantine Empire, 867-1185 (1937)
  • The Byzantine Empire in the eleventh century: some different interpretations (1950)
  • The writings of John Mauropous: a bibliographical note (1951)
  • George Ostrogorsky, History of the Byzantine state; tr. Joan Hussey (1956; 2nd ed. 1968; rev. ed. 1969)
  • Nicholas Cabasilas, A commentary on the Divine Liturgy; tr. J.M. Hussey and P.A. McNulty (1960)
  • The Cambridge Medieval History. Vol. IV, The Byzantine Empire; ed. J.M. Hussey (new ed. 1966-7)
  • The Byzantine World (1957; 2nd ed. 1961; 3rd ed. 1967)
  • Proceedings of the XIIIth International Congress of Byzantine Studies, Oxford, 5-10 September 1966;ed. J.M. Hussey, D. Obolensky, and S. Runciman (1967)
  • Ascetics and Humanists in eleventh-century Byzantium (1970)
  • The Finlay papers (1973)
  • Kathegetria: essays presented to Joan Hussey for her 80th birthday (1988)
  • The Orthodox Church in the Byzantine Empire (1990)
  • The journals and letters of George Finlay; ed. J.M. Hussey (1995)