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Summary: The Normans in southern Italy (and more generally south Italian history 10-13th century, especially social and ecclesiastical); papal history and Italian ecclesiastical history,10th-13th centuries.
My major field of research is the Norman Kingdom of Sicily, and more generally southern Italian history from the tenth to the thirteenth centuries. My most recent book about this subject is Roger II and the Creation of the Kingdom of Sicily (Manchester Medieval Translations, 2012), and an article about the concept of tyranny in the Liber de Regno Sicilie of the so-called Hugo Falcandus will shortly be appearing in Nottingham Medieval Studies.
However, I am also developing other areas of research. I am currently working on a series of articles on German history in the Central Middle Ages - an interest which springs directly from my teaching, and which has already given rise to my book on The Crusade of Frederick Barbarossa (Ashgate 2010). The first of these articles, Southern Italy and the Eastern and Western empires, c. 900-c.1050, was published in the Journal of Medieval History 38 (2012), 1-19, and a second, on the German crusade of 1197-8, will appear in the journal Crusades in 2014. I am also preparing a separate study examining the murder of bishops in medieval Germany, and what this phenomenon may tell us about the role of violence in German society during the Middle Ages. This may well contribute to the wider debate about the medieval German Sonderweg (special path). I shall then look to write two further articles: in the first developing my work on the German Emperors and southern Italy 962-1137 (from the imperial coronation of Otto I until the Emperor Lothar's unsuccessful attempt to destroy the Norman kingdom), and a second discussing when Germany became an elective monarchy in the Middle Ages. (This last subject has a vast historiography, but is in need of re-examination by a fresh eye without preconceptions). In addition, I shall be collaborating with my colleague Alan Murray (Institute of Medieval Studies) and Dr. Jochen Schenk of the University of Glasgow to edit a collection of essays on the growth of territorial lordship and princely power in twelfth and thirteenth century Germany.
I hope then when this work is completed to return to southern Italy, and to write a book on the social and economic world of the abbey of S. Trinità di Cava, c. 1020-1300. The abbey of Cava (near Salerno), which still exists today, was one of the wealthiest abbeys of the medieval Mezzogiorno, and has the largest surviving archive of medieval documents in southern Italy - which is a treasure trove of evidence not just about the Church, but for the social history of the medieval south. As a first step in this project I have prepared an edition of Pergamene scelte della badia di Cava, 1080-1200 [Selected Charters of the Abbey of Cava, 1080-1200], which is currently close to completion, and which will eventually contain about 120 of the most interesting documents from this period (provisionally intended for publication by the Centro Europeo di Studi Normanni at Ariano Irpino in Italy).
Church and Society in the Norman Principality of Capua 1058-1197 (Oxford, Clarendon Press, 1985) xv + 283 pp.
Church and Chronicle in the Middle Ages. Essays Presented to John Taylor, edited by G.A. Loud and I.N. Wood (London, Hambledon, 1991) xxvi + 270 pp.
The History of the Tyrants of Sicily by Hugo Falcandus 1154-69 [with Thomas Wiedemann] (Manchester Medieval Translations 1998), xvii + 286 pp.
Conquerors and Churchmen in Norman Italy (Variorum Collected Studies Series, Aldershot 1999), xii + 314 pp.
Montecassino and Benevento in the Middle Ages. Essays in South Italian Church History (Variorum Collected Studies Series, Aldershot 2000), xi + 334 pp.
The Age of Robert Guiscard: Southern Italy and the Norman Conquest ( Harlow : Longman/Pearson Education 2000), xii + 329 pp.
[Hubert Houben, Roger II of Sicily. A Ruler between East and West, translated by G.A. Loud & D.B. Milburn (Cambridge University Press, 2002), xxvi + 231 pp.]
The Society of Norman Italy, edited by G.A. Loud & A. Metcalfe ( Leiden : Brill, 2002), xx + 347 pp.
The History of the Normans, by Amatus of Montecassino, trans. P. Dunbar, revised with introduction and notes by G.A. Loud (Woodbridge: Boydell, 2004), xxi + 220 pp.
The Latin Church in Norman Italy (Cambridge University Press 2007), xviii + 577 pp.
The Crusade of Frederick Barbarossa. The History of the Expedition of the Emperor Frederick and Related Texts (Ashgate: Crusader Texts in Translation 19, 2010), xv + 225 pp.
Roger II and the Creation of the Kingdom of Sicily (Manchester Medieval Sources, 2012), 389 pp.
Current Research Students
- Isabella Bolognese - The foundation and early history of the Benedictine monastery of Montevergine
Amy Devenney, Miracles and Medicine in the Norman Kingdom of Sicily (co-supervised)
Scott LaChance, Origins and Development of the Medieval outlaw Legends (MA by Research)
Hervin Fernandez Aceves, 'Cohesion and conflict in the kingdom of Sicily under the two Williams: In search of a prosopographical approach for the study of the regno's networks of royal courtiers and nobles'
I have recently given invited lectures at the University of Caen (France) and Bamberg (Germany). At Caen I gave a lecture on 'La Problème de Pseudo-Hugo: qui a écrit lHistoire de Houges Falcand?', as part of a day conference about the celebrated twelfth-century historian of Norman Sicily, the so-called 'Hugo Falcandus' (12th April); and at Bamberg (23rd-24th April), I conducted a graduate-class about 'Hugo Falcandus', and gave a guest lecture on the German Crusade of 1197-8.