Peter Partner

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Peter David Partner (15 July 1924 – 17 January 2015) was a British historian, particularly of medieval Rome and the Middle East.[1]


Peter Partner was born 15 July 1924 to David and Bertha Partridge Partner in Little Heath, Hertfordshire. His father was with the Metropolitan Police and his mother ran a café in Barnet. During World War II, he served on minesweepers. After the war, he attended Magdalene College, Oxford to read law, but switched to history. In 1953, he married Leila May Fadil (d. 1990), niece of historian Albert Hourani. Partner worked as a journalist many years with The Observer,[1] writing the lead article the first week of the Suez Crisis. He also wrote for The Economist and broadcast frequently for the BBC on Arab topics.

In 1955, Partner accepted a position to teach history at Winchester College,[1] where he remained for thirty years.

Partner wrote a number of reviews for The New York Review of Books,[2] as well as articles for History Today,[3][4] and the Journal of Ecclesiastical History.[5]

He died on January 17, 2015 at the age of 90.


Partner was a historian of medieval and Renaissance Rome as well as the Middle East, and was known for his studies of papal administration and diplomacy during the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries.

  • A Short Political Guide to the Arab World
  • The Lands of St. Peter (1972)
  • Renaissance Rome 1500 - 1559 (1980)
  • Murdered Magicians (1982)
  • The Knights Templar and Their Myth
  • The Pope's Men
  • God of Battles: Holy Wars of Christianity and Islam
  • The Story of Christianity (2005)


  1. ^ a b c John Nightingale. "Peter Partner obituary | Books". Retrieved 2015-04-23. 
  2. ^ The New York Review of Books
  3. ^ Partner, Peter. "Guelf and Ghibelline in Italy", History Today, Volume 21 Issue 8 August 1971
  4. ^ Partner, Peter. "Papal Finance and the Papal State", History Today, Volume 7 Issue 10 November 1957
  5. ^ Partner, Peter. "Camera Papae: Problems of Papal finance in the Later Middle Ages", Journal of Ecclesiastical History, 1958, pp. 55-68

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