Ian Stone (King’s College London) Isobel Thornley Fellow

The book of Arnold fitz Thedmar

Ian Stone is a PhD candidate at King’s College London, where he completed his undergraduate and MA degrees. For his doctoral thesis, he is preparing a new edition of the book of Arnold fitz Thedmar. Arnold fitz Thedmar was a 13th-century alderman of London who compiled and wrote the first British town chronicle. This chronicle provides an extraordinary account of the period between Magna Carta and the parliamentary state, when civil war devastated England and communal revolution tore London apart. Ian’s edition will, for the first time, print Arnold’s book in its entirety, complete with a detailed introduction and commentary to the text.

As well as being the first of its kind in the British Isles, Arnold’s book was one of the earliest such manuscripts produced in Europe. Ian will use his IHR fellowship to explore the subject of European urban chronicle writing, placing Arnold’s work alongside that of his contemporaries Gottfried Hagen in Cologne and Jacopo Doria in Genoa.

Ian’s work has been published in English Historical Review, and he has contributed to the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. He teaches Latin, as well as courses on the Roman Empire and medieval Britain.

 

 

Research and publications

 

Articles

  • I. Stone, ‘The rebel barons of 1264 and the commune of London: an oath of mutual aid’, English Historical Review, cxxix, (Feb. 2014), 1-18.