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 Southerns 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 Southerns appreciations of other medievalists. Brings together texts that would otherwise be difficult to locate. Makes these writings accessible to the wider audience they deserve.