John Law is a graduate of the universities of St Andrews (MA) and Oxford (DPhil); he is currently Reader in the Department of History and Classics. His principal teaching and research interests lie in the late medieval and early Renaissance periods, more particularly in Italian history and its interpretation in the ‘long’ nineteenth century. His more recent publications include studies of the Venetian state in the early Renaissance and of the early Medici ‘regime’ in Florence. He has also contributed to a collection of documents on Italian late medieval diplomacy.

John Law is a fellow of the Royal Historical Society and of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland; he is also a ‘corresponding’ member of the Deputazione Veneta di Storia Patria. He has twice been a visiting Professor at the Harvard University for the Study of the Italian Renaissance (the Villa I Tatti), and has held scholarships and fellowships at the British School at Rome, UCLA and the Pius XII Memorial Library (St Louis). He has been associate editor and then editor of Renaissance Studies, and served on the council of the Society for Renaissance Studies, becoming its chair. He is currently on the editorial board of Societa e Storia. He is chair of the Swansea and South West Wales branch of the Historical Association, which has around one hundred members and which is closely associated with other societies and institutions in the region.