Bagnell Bury was an eminent Irish historian, classical scholar,
Bury was born and raised in County Monaghan,
educated first by his parents, then at Foyle College in Londonderry
and Trinity College in Dublin, where he graduated in 1882 and
was made a fellow in 1885, at the age of 24. In 1893 he gained
a chair in modern history at Trinity College, which he held for
nine years, thereafter joining the Cambridge University faculty.
He remained at Cambridge, as Regius Professor of Modern History
from 1902, until his death at the age of 65 in Rome.
writings, on subjects ranging from ancient Greece to the 19th-century
papacy, are at once scholarly and accessible to the layman. His
two works on the philosophy of history elucidated the Victorian
ideals of progress and rationality which undergirded his more
specific histories. He also led a revival of Byzantine history,
which English-speaking historians, following Edward Gibbon, had
largely neglected. He contributed, and was himself the subject
of, an article in the 1911 Encyclopædia Britannica.