Norman H. Baynes

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Norman Hepburn Baynes FBA (1877–1961) was a 20th-century British historian of the Byzantine Empire.


Baynes was Professor of Byzantine History at University College London (UCL) from 1931 until 1942. He was given the title of Emeritus Professor in 1943 and Doctor of Literature honoris causa in 1951.[1] His work included two fully annotated volumes of Hitler's pre-war speeches.[2]

Death and after[edit]

In his will, Baynes made a bequest to UCLm which established 'The Norman Hepburn Baynes Prize' in 1961. The biennial prize is awarded in respect of "an essay on some aspect of history, including art, religion and thought of the Mediterranean lands within the period from 400BC to 1453AD".[1]

Selected published works[edit]

  • Intellectual liberty and totalitarian claim. The Romanes lecture for 1942 (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1942)
  • The Speeches of Adolf Hitler, 1922-1939. Ed. Norman H. Baynes, 2 vols. (Oxford, 1942)
  • Byzantium: An Introduction to East Roman Civilization. Ed. Norman H. Baynes and H. St. L. B. Moss. (Oxford: Clarendon, 1948; Oxfore Paperbacks, 1961). A collection of signed articles by authorities; good bibliography.
  • Constantine the Great and the Christian Church. Norman H Baynes. (1972) Second Edition, with a preface by Henry Chadwick. ISBN 0-19-725672-4


  1. ^ a b "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 10 October 2007. Retrieved 24 May 2009.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  2. ^ Jarndyce Catalogue, Norman H. Baynes: The World Wars: in Fact and Fiction, Bloomsbury, London, 2021, item 5.

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