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Peter Spufford, FSA, FRHistS, FBA (1934 - 2017)

last modified Nov 22, 2017 10:46 AM


It with sadness that I write with the news of the passing of Professor Peter Spufford, FSA, FBA, Professor Emeritus of European History, on Sunday 19 November.  Peter came to Cambridge and to Queens’ College in 1979 from the University of Keele.  During his years in the Faculty, he developed pioneering research on merchants, finance and exchange in late medieval Europe, upon which he drew for his enthusiastic supervision teaching and popular undergraduate papers on medieval and early renaissance Florence and other themes.  This culminated in a major study, Power and Profit: The Merchant in Medieval Europe (2002), since translated into a number of European languages.  After his retirement in 2001, he continued to write and to publish.  He was honoured earlier this year by the Royal Numismatic Society in the publication of a collection of essays to celebrate the 30-year anniversary of his ground-breaking Money and its Use in Medieval Europe (1988).  This is a reflection of breadth of his impact as a scholar and teacher, and a colleague who will be greatly missed.

Details of the funeral are given below at the request of Peter's family.


Tim Harper

Chair, Faculty of History


Dear Family & Friends,

Peter was very clear that he wanted to be buried in Whittlesford Parish
Church and that he wanted it to happen quickly, so his funeral is only
in four days time.

It will be held at 11am on Friday 24th November in St Mary & St Andrew's
Church, Church Lane, Whittlesford CB22 4NX.  Please do come if you can
and please come back to the Guildhall afterwards for refreshments.  The
funeral arrangements are in the hands of Peasgood and Skeates of 45
Moorfield Road, Duxford, CB22 4PP and flowers can be sent, c/o them, by
Thursday at 5pm. There will be a collection during the service in
support of the church, as he wished, or it is possible to donate online
at the funeral directors website.

Also in accordance with his wishes, his body will be returned from the
undertakers to the Guildhall late on Thursday morning.  If you would
like to come and pay your last respects to him, in his scarlet
waistcoat, or say a prayer, or just sit quietly, the house will be open
all that day.

There will also be a memorial service in Queens' College in due course. 
Academic friends, who cannot easily make it to England at such short
notice, might want to come to that instead.

We hope to see as many as possible of you on Friday, when we will be
singing Peter's deliberately cheerful choice of hymns.

Best wishes,
Francis Spufford