Professor Jonathan Riley-Smith
MA, LittD, FRHistS
Emeritus Dixie Professor of Ecclesiastical History.
Professor Jonathan Riley-Smith died on Tuesday, 13 September 2016, at the age of 78. Professor Riley-Smith was a distinguished medievalist and for many years the Dixie Professor of Ecclesiastical History and a Fellow of Emmanuel College.
Born on 27 June 1938, he was educated at Eton College and Trinity College Cambridge. He received the BA (1960), MA (1964) and PhD (1964) and in 2001 was honoured with the LittD, all from Cambridge.
After his education, Professor Riley-Smith taught first at the University of St Andrews and then at Cambridge, from 1972 to 1978. From 1978 to 1994, he was professor of history at the University of London and then returned to Cambridge as Dixie Professor of Ecclesiastical History. In the late 1990s, he was Chair of the Faculty of History.
He was a leading figure in the study of the Crusades, producing many works, both academic monographs and works of general interest, from 'The Knights of St John in Jerusalem and Cyprus, c.1050-1310' (1967) and 'The Feudal Nobility and the Kingdom of Jerusalem, 1174-1277' (1973) to 'The Crusades, Christianity, and Islam' (2008) and 'The Knights Hospitaller in the Levant 1070-1309' (2012). He was the editor of 'The Atlas of the Crusades' (1991) and 'The Oxford Illustrated History of the Crusades' (1995). Professor Riley-Smith was a founder and president of the Society for the Study of the Crusades and the Latin East.