Dr. Peter Frankopan is a historian at Oxford University, where he is Senior Research Fellow at Worcester College, Oxford and Director of the Oxford Centre for Byzantine Research. He works on the history of the Mediterranean, the Balkans, the Caucasus, Russia and on relations between Christianity and Islam. Peter has published many articles in academic journals and edited volumes. The First Crusade is one of his most known academic works. In this groundbreaking book, countering nearly a millennium of scholarship, Peter Frankopan reveals the untold history of the First Crusade. Peter’s next book, The Silk Roads: A New History of the World, is a major new book about ideas, trade, communication and exchange between Europe and Asia from antiquity to the present day. It will be published in 2015.


  • Peter studied History at Jesus College, Cambridge, where he was Foundation Scholar, Schiff Scholar and won the History Prize in 1993
  • He is senior Research Fellow at Worcester College since 2000.
  • Peter has lectured at universities all over the world including Cambridge, Harvard, Yale, Princeton, NYU, Notre Dame, King’s London and The Institute of Historical Research
  • He chairs the Frankopan Fund, which has awarded more than a hundred scholarships and awards to outstanding young scholars
  • He is a trustee of the World Monument Fund and Oxford Philomusica


  • Ancient parallels to the current Greek financial crisis
  • Europe and Asia from antiquity to the present day