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Richard W. Kaeuper

  • Professor of History

PhD, Princeton University, 1967

441 Rush Rhees Library
(585) 275-7878
richard.kaeuper@rochester.edu


Field

European History

Research Overview

My teaching and research interests concentrate on Western Europe between the eleventh and fifteenth centuries and more specifically focus on both sides of the Channel. I maintain a special interest in English history and my early publications were centered there; but I have expanded my scope across the Channel and into topical rather than geographical subjects: justice and public order (War, Justice and Public Order and, in preparation, a book of essays from a conference on law, justice and governance held at UR in May, 2009); chivalry and religion in NW Europe generally (The Book of ChivalryA Knight's Own Book of ChivalryChivalry and Violence and Holy Warrior). I am writing a general book on chivalry for Cambridge University Press.In these works I have made major use of literary evidence as essential insight into mentalite.

Graduate Fields

I offer the following fields for the PhD qualifying examination. For explanations of fields, see the "Graduate Overview" page in the Graduate Handbook.

Teaching Field:
Medieval European History

Research Field:
Medieval European History

I will not be accepting students for admission.

Courses Offered (subject to change)

  • HIS 230  History from Myth: King Arthur and Robin Hood, Syllabus
  • HIS 234  Knights, Criminals, and the Crown: Research in Medieval England, Syllabus
  • HIS 331W/431  Europe in 1215, Syllabus

Selected Publications

  • Holy Warriors: The Religious Ideology of Chivalry (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2009).
  • "The Tension Between Vengeance and Mercy in Chivalric Mentalite" forthcoming in David Rollason, ed., Peace and Reconciliation (Durham Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies).
  • "Social Ideals and Social Disruption," Cambridge Companion to Post-Conquest England(forthcoming).
  • "Chivalry and War," Blackwell Companion to Medieval Literature and Culture (2007) written with Monte Bohna.
  • A Knight's Own Book of Chivalry (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2005) written with Elspeth Kennedy. (A new book based on the Charny text, for which I wrote a new historical study as introduction to this text).
  • "Chivalric Violence and Religious Valorization." Courtiers and Warriors (Kyoto, 2003; published in both Japanese and English).
  • "The King and the Fox: Reactions to Kingship in Tales of Reynard the Fox," Expectations of the Law in the Middle Ages (Boydell & Brewer, 2001).
  • Chivalry and Violence in Medieval Europe (Clarendon, Oxford, 1999, paperback 2001).
  • Violence in Medieval Society (edited, with introduction; Boydell and Brewer, 2000).
  • "The Social Meaning of Chivalry in Romance," Cambridge Companion to Medieval Romance(Cambridge University Press, 2000).
  • "Chivalry: Fantasy and Fear," Writing & Fantasy (Longman, London, 1999) eds., B. White and C. Sullivan.
  • The Book of Chivalry of Geoffroi de Charny: Text, Context and Translation (written with Elspeth Kennedy), (University of Pennsylvania Press, 1996).
  • War, Justice and Public Order: England and France in the Later Middle Ages (Clarendon, Oxford, 1988); translated as Guerre, justice et ordre publique (Editions Aubier Paris, 1994).
  • "Text and Context: Chaucer's 'Friar's Tale,'" with T.G. Hahn, Studies in the Age of Chaucer(1983).
  • "An Historian's Reading of the Tale of Gamelyn," Medium Aevum LII (1983), 51-62.
  • "Law and Order in Fourteenth-Century England: the Evidence of Special Commissions of Oyer and Terminer," Speculum (1979).
  • Bankers to the Crown: The Riccardi of Lucca and Edward I (Princeton University Press, 1973).
  • "The Frescobaldi of Florence and the English Crown," Studies in Medieval and Renaissance History, 10 (1973), 41-95.

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