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Description - History and Historians: Selected Papers of R. W. Southern by Richard J. Bartlett

R. W. Southern (1912 - 2001) is widely regarded as one of the greatest medieval historians. His first book, The Making of the Middle Ages (1953), translated into many languages and never out of print, is recognized as a classic. This volume contains the series of reflections on medieval historical writing that Southern produced during his tenure as President of the Royal Historical Society, supplemented by his occasional pieces on two related subjects: the nature of academic history and appreciations of other medievalists, both his teachers and his contemporaries. Their publication here in book format makes these writings by a master medievalist accessible to the wider audience they deserve. The material is introduced by R. J. Bartlett, himself a prominent medievalist, who sheds light on Southern's outlook and the importance of his work.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781405123877
ISBN-10: 1405123877
Format: Hardback
(236mm x 157mm x 26mm)
Pages: 288
Imprint: Blackwell Publishing Ltd
Publisher: John Wiley and Sons Ltd
Publish Date: 17-Aug-2004
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Richard J. Bartlett

Sir Richard Southern was born in Newcastle-upon-Tyne in 1912 and educated at the Royal Grammar School there and at Balliol College, Oxford. He was a Fellow of Balliol from 1937-61, Chichele Professor of History at Oxford from 1961-9, and President of St John's College, Oxford from 1969-81. He was knighted in 1974. He died in Oxford in 2001. Robert Bartlett is Bishop Wardlaw Professor of Medieval History at the University of St Andrew's in Scotland and a Fellow of the British Academy. He has also taught at the Universities of Edinburgh and Chicago and has held Fellowships at the Universities of Michigan, Princeton and Gottingen. His book, The Making of Europe (1993) won the Wolfson Literary Prize for History.