He is married to Brazilian historian Maria Lúcia Garcia Pallares-Burke. Peter Burke is a British historian and professor.

He was educated by the Jesuits and at St John’s College, Oxford, and was a doctoral candidate at St Antony’s College. From 1962 to 1979, he was part of the School of European Studies at Sussex University, before moving to the University of Cambridge, where he holds the title of Professor Emeritus of Cultural History and Fellow of Emmanuel College.

Books in order of publication:

The Italian Renaissance (1972)

Popular Culture in Early Modern Europe (1978)

Sociology and History (1980)

The Renaissance (1987)

The French Historical Revolution: The Annales School 1929-89 (1990)

History and Social Theory (1991)

New Perspectives on Historical Writing (1991) (editor and contributor)

The Fabrication of Louis XIV (1992)

The Art of Conversation (1993)

“The Fortunes of The Courtier: The European Reception of Castiglione’s Cortegiano” (1995)

Varieties of Cultural history (1997)

The European Renaissance: Centres and Peripheries (1998)

A Social History of Knowledge (2000)

Eyewitnessing (2000)

A Social History of the Media: From Gutenberg to the Internet (2002) (with Asa Briggs)

What is Cultural History? (2004)

Languages and Communities in Early Modern Europe (2004)

Gilberto Freyre: Social Theory in the Tropics (2008) (with Maria Lúcia Garcia Pallares-Burke)

Cultural Hybridity (2009)

A Social History of Knowledge Volume II: From the Encyclopedie to Wikipedia (2012)

What is the History of Knowledge? (2015)

The Polymath: A Cultural History from Leonardo da Vinci to Susan Sontag (2020)