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 (now The John of Gaunt School), 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)