On August 24, 2011, Michael Costeloe, emeritus professor of Hispanic and Latin American studies at the University of Bristol, passed away, the victim of pancreatic cancer. He was born in Bishop Auckland, Durham, and received his BA in 1962 from Durham University and his PhD from the University of Newcastle in 1965. He is survived by his wife Eleanor (née Bonney) and a daughter, Sarah.

Costeloe taught at the University of Bristol from 1965 to 1999 with a one-year appointment as visiting professor at the University of Texas in 1976. He served as dean of arts at the University of Bristol between 1993 and 1996 and became emeritus professor of Latin American studies and senior research fellow in 1999. He became a fellow of the Royal Historical Society in 1976 and of the Mexican Academy of History in 1997.

Michael Costeloe was an accomplished historian of nineteenth-century Mexico and earned...

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