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Dr Patrick Lantschner


Patrick Lantschner has been a lecturer at UCL since 2015. He works and teaches on Europe and the Islamic world in the late Middle Ages, and is especially interested in comparative and transnational approaches to medieval history. Before coming to UCL, he was a Junior Research Fellow at Merton College, Oxford, and taught at Cambridge. He has received the 2016 Bronisław Geremek Prize for an outstanding first book for his book The Logic of Political Conflict in Medieval Cities. He is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society.

Patrick has worked on the phenomenon of revolt in the heavily urbanised regions of later medieval Italy, the Southern Low Countries and the Near East, with a particular interest in the degree to which such conflicts were a departure from, or rooted in, ordinary politics. His current project investigates the foundations of Mediterranean politics in the Age of Crusades. This period is often portrayed as one of clashes between Christian and Islamic states, but many polities across this region also experienced another type of political crisis: they were often fragile, prone to civil war and particular regimes could be short-lived. The project analyses the underlying causes of this volatile political order in Christian and Islamic societies and studies the multiple Mediterranean centres of power beyond governments. 

PhD supervision

Patrick currently co-supervises Emma Zurcher's PhD project on territorial loss in the Middle Ages. Patrick always welcomes proposals from students interested in areas related to his research.

Major publications

  • The Logic of Political Conflict in Medieval Cities: Italy and the Southern Low Countries, 1370-1440 (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2015)
  • Contact and Exchange in Later Medieval Europe, co-editor with Hannah Skoda and Robert Shaw (Woodbridge: Boydell, 2012)
  • 'Revolts and the Political Order of Cities in the Late Middle Ages', Past & Present, 225 (2014), 3-46
  • 'Fragmented Cities in the Later Middle Ages: Italy and the Near East Compared', The English Historical Review, 130 (2015), 546-582
  • 'Invoking and Constructing Legitimacy: Rebels in the Late Medieval European and Islamic Worlds', in J. Firnhaber-Baker and D. Schoenaers (eds.), The Routledge History Handbook of Medieval Revolt (London and New York, 2017), 168-188

For a full list of publications, see Patrick's Iris profile.

Teaching