Peter David Partner (15 July 1924 – 17 January 2015) was a British historian, particularly of medieval Rome and the Middle East.
Peter Partner was born 15 July 1924 to David and Bertha Partridge Partner in Little Heath, Hertfordshire. His father was with the Metropolitan Police and his mother ran a café in Barnet. During World War II, he served on minesweepers. After the war, he attended Magdalen College, Oxford to read law, but switched to history. In 1953, he married Leila May Fadil (d. 1990), niece of historian Albert Hourani. Partner worked as a journalist many years with The Observer, writing the lead article the first week of the Suez Crisis. He also wrote for The Economist and broadcast frequently for the BBC on Arab topics.
He died on 17 January 2015 at the age of 90.
Partner was a historian of medieval and Renaissance Rome as well as the Middle East, and was known for his studies of papal administration and diplomacy during the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries.
- A Short Political Guide to the Arab World
- The Lands of St. Peter (1972)
- Renaissance Rome 1500 - 1559 (1980)
- Murdered Magicians (1982)
- The Knights Templar and Their Myth
- The Pope's Men
- God of Battles: Holy Wars of Christianity and Islam
- The Story of Christianity (2005)
- John Nightingale (10 February 2015). "Peter Partner obituary | Books". The Guardian. Theguardian.com. Retrieved 2015-04-23.
- "Peter Partner". The New York Review of Books.
- Guelf and Ghibelline in Italy | History Today Partner, Peter. "Guelf and Ghibelline in Italy", History Today, Volume 21 Issue 8 August 1971]
- "Papal Finance and the Papal State | History Today". www.historytoday.com.
- Partner, Peter. "Camera Papae: Problems of Papal finance in the Later Middle Ages", Journal of Ecclesiastical History, 1958, pp. 55-68
- Nightingale, John (2015). "obituary on The Guardian". The Guardian.