Remembering Susan Reynolds

Date / time: 19 April, 2:00 pm - 6:30 pm

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Bookings for this event will close on Friday 14 April 2023.

Susan Reynolds (1929-2021) was one of the leading figures in medieval history over the past forty years.

Susan changed the way historians think about the middle ages. She believed the typical description taught in primary schools – a vertical diagram descending from king to barons to knights to peasants – was misleading.

This symposium event will bring together a diverse range of scholars to reflect upon Susan’s career as a historian, her impact upon medieval history. Her most famous book, Fiefs and Vassals: the Medieval Evidence Reinterpreted (1994) influenced the teaching of medieval history, and academic discussions of ‘Feudalism’ (or the ‘F’ word, as her colleagues came to call it), punctuated a varied career. This career began with the Victoria County History of Middlesex and encompassed secondary school teaching, research and teaching at Oxford, as well as a key role in the life of the Institute of Historical Research following her early retirement from Oxford in 1986.

This symposium will celebrate Susan’s life and career by reflecting on her life as teacher, colleague, and friend; the role of London in her work and her legacy, followed by a reception.

Speakers will include: Pauline Stafford, David Bates, Alice Taylor – and a special guest appearance (from the archive) by Susan Reynolds (with others TBC).

The conference will be followed by a reception beginning at 6.30 pm.

Please note that this is an in-person event only – venue:

IHR Wolfson Conference Suite, NB01/NB02, Basement
Senate House
Malet Street

All welcome – This event is free to attend, but booking is required.