Martyn Rady

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Martyn Rady (born 1955) is Professor of Central European History at the School of Slavonic and East European Studies (SSEES), University College London. He was from 1995 to 2009 Warden of Hughes Parry Hall, an intercollegiate hall of the University of London.[1] After leaving Hughes Parry he moved to Ramsgate, Kent.


While a teacher at Mill Hill School in the 1980s Rady wrote several books for sixth-formers, including Emperor Charles V (Longman, 1987). He moved to SSEES in 1990, where he had previously completed his PhD, publishing books and articles primarily on the history of Romania and Hungary. His principal interest is Hungarian legal history [2] and the translation of texts,[3] most recently of the Gesta Hungarorum. In 1996, he was elected chair of SSEES Academic Assembly. Between 2003 and 2008 he was Head of the History Department at SSEES. In 2004 he was made an Honorary Life Member of the Modern Humanities Research Association. He was appointed Professor of Central European History in 2004 and awarded the established Masaryk Chair in 2015.


Rady's publications include:

  • Medieval Buda: A Study of Municipal Government and Jurisdiction in the Kingdom of Hungary (East European Monographs, 1985).
  • Emperor Charles V (Longman, 1988)
  • Romania in Turmoil: A Contemporary History (IB Tauris, 1992)
  • (ed. with Peter J.S. Duncan) Towards a New Community: Culture and Politics in Post- Totalitarian Europe (SSEES and LitVerlag, 1993)
  • (joint author) Cultural Atlas of the Renaissance (Prentice-Hall/Time-Life, 1993)
  • Nobility, Land and Service in Medieval Hungary (Palgrave, 2000)
  • Customary Law in Hungary: Courts, Texts and the Tripartitum (OUP, 2015)
  • (ed. with László Péter and P. Sherwood) 'Lajos Kossuth Sent Word...' Papers delivered on the occasion of the bicentenary of Kossuth's Birth (SSEES, 2003)
  • (ed.) Custom and Law in Central Europe (Cambridge Centre for European Law, 2003)
  • (ed. with László Péter) British-Hungarian Relations Since 1848 (SSEES, 2004)
  • (ed. & trans with J. Bak and P. Banyo): Werbőczy, The Customary Law of the Renowned Kingdom of Hungary: A Work in Three Parts (the Tripartitum) (CEU and Schlacks, Budapest and Idyllwild, 2005).
  • (ed. with László Péter): Resistance, Rebellion and Revolution in Hungary and Central Europe: Commemorating 1956, London, 2008.