Judith Herrin studied history at the Universities of Cambridge and Birmingham, receiving her doctorate from the latter; she has also worked in Athens, Paris and Munich, and held the post of Stanley J. Seeger Professor in Byzantine History, Princeton University before taking up her appointment as the second Professor of Late Antique and Byzantine Studies at King’s. Upon her retirement in 2008 she became a Research Fellow in the Department.
She is best known for her books, The Formation of Christendom (London 1989), Women in Purple (London, 2000), and Byzantium: the Surprising Life of a Medieval Empire (London, 2007); she has also published widely on Byzantine archaeology and other fields. Her current research interests include women in Byzantium and Byzantium in relation to Islam and the West. In 2002 she was awarded the Golden Cross of Honour by the President of the Hellenic Republic of Greece.
Books in order of publication:
Iconoclasm, edited with Anthony Bryer (Centre for Byzantine Studies, University of Birmingham, 1977)
Constantinople in the Early Eighth Century: The Parastaseis Syntomoi Chronikai, Introduction, Translation and Commentary, edited with Averil Cameron. Columbia Studies in the Classical Tradition, vol. X (Leiden, 1984).
The Formation of Christendom (Princeton University Press and Basil Blackwell, 1987).
A Medieval Miscellany (Weidenfeld and Nicolson, 1999)
Women in Purple. Rulers of Medieval Byzantium (Weidenfeld and Nicolson, 2001, Princeton University Press, 2002)
Personification in the Greek World, eds Emma Stafford and Judith Herrin (Ashgate: Aldershot 2005)
Byzantium: The Surprising Life of a Medieval Empire (Allen Lane, the Penguin Press, London, 2007; Princeton University Press, Princeton, 2008)
Margins and Metropolis: Authority across the Byzantine Empire (Princeton University Press, 2013)
Unrivalled Influence: Women and Empire in Byzantium (Princeton University Press, 2013)
Ravenna: Capital of Empire, Crucible of Europe (2020)