The Steven Runciman Collection
Steven Runciman (1903–2000) is considered to be one of the most prominent historians of the crusades and “the great authority of Byzantine studies” in the words of Paul Magdalino. The Scottish historian’s three volume A History of the Crusades, published between 1951 and 1954, is still one of the primary reference books for the field. Among his many published works are the Eastern Schism (1955), The Sicilian Vespers (1958), The Fall of Constantinople: 1453 (1965), and The Last Byzantine Renaissance (1970). For more information on his life and works, see this Guardian obituary.
The Sir Steven Runciman Collection is one of the foundation stones of the ANAMED Library collection, thanks to the generous donation of St. Andrews University. Comprised of approximately 3,000 publications in the disciplines of art, archaeology, and architecture, the collection covers the Seljuk, Byzantine, and Ottoman periods.