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History and Historians: Selected Papers of R. W. Southern

ISBN: 978-1-4051-2387-7
288 pages
October 2004, Wiley-Blackwell
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This book makes a selection of writings by the great medieval historian, Sir Richard Southern, available to the wider audience they deserve.

  • A collection of writings by the great medieval historian, Sir Richard Southern.
  • Offers a fascinating insight into the beliefs and ideas that underpinned Southern’s work.
  • Contains the series of reflections on medieval historical writing that Southern produced during his tenure as President of the Royal Historical Society.
  • Also includes pieces on the nature of academic history, as well as Southern’s appreciations of other medievalists.
  • Brings together texts that would otherwise be difficult to locate.
  • Makes these writings accessible to the wider audience they deserve.
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Table of Contents

Abbreviations.

Place of First Publication.

Preface by Janet Nelson.

Introduction.

Part I: Aspects of the European Tradition of Historical Writing.

1 The Classical Tradition from Einhard to Geoffrey of Monmouth.

2 Hugh of St Victor and the Idea of Historical Development.

3 History as Prophecy.

4 The Sense of the Past.

Part II: History.

5 The Shape and Substance of Academic History.

6 The Historical Experience.

7 The Truth about the Past.

Part III: Historians.

8 Review of The Letters of Frederic William Maitland.

9 Sir Maurice Powicke (1879–1963).

10 Vivian Hunter Galbraith (1889–1976).

11 Richard William Hunt (1908–1979).

12 Marjorie Reeves as an Historian.

13 Beryl Smalley (1905–1984)Bibliography of the Publications of R. W. Southern.

Notes.

Bibliography of the Publications of R. W. Southern.

Index

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Author Information

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 Göttingen. His book, The Making of Europe (1993) won the Wolfson Literary Prize for History.

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  • A collection of writings by the great medieval historian, Sir Richard Southern.

  • Offers a fascinating insight into the beliefs and ideas that underpinned Southern’s work.

  • Contains the series of reflections on medieval historical writing that Southern produced during his tenure as President of the Royal Historical Society.

  • Also includes pieces on the nature of academic history, as well as Southern’s appreciations of other medievalists.

  • Brings together texts that would otherwise be difficult to locate.

  • Makes these writings accessible to the wider audience they deserve.
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"This collection of selected papers by one of Britain's finest historians, edited and introduced with distinction by R. J. Bartlett, captures the essence of Southern's meditative insights into the nature of the historical experience and the methodologies of historians of tboth the medieval and modern era." History
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