The Info List - Maurice Keen

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Maurice Hugh Keen OBE
(30 October 1933 – 11 September 2012) was a British historian specializing in the Middle Ages. His father had been the Oxford University head of finance ('Keeper of the University Chest') and a Fellow of Balliol College, Oxford, and after schooling at Winchester College, Maurice became an undergraduate there in 1954. He was a contemporary and lifelong friend of Tom Bingham, later the Senior Law Lord, as well as of the military historian, Sir John Keegan, whose sister Mary he married. Keen's first success came with the writing of The Outlaws of Medieval Legend while still a Junior Research Fellow at The Queen's College, Oxford 1957 - 1961. He was elected a tutorial Fellow of Balliol in 1961, retaining his fellowship until his retirement in 2000, when he was elected a Fellow Emeritus. He also served as Junior Dean (1963–68), Tutor for Admissions (1974-1978), and Vice-Master (1980–83). In 1984, Keen won the Wolfson History Prize for his book Chivalry. The book redefined in several ways the concept of chivalry, underlining the military aspect of it.[2] Keen was elected a Fellow of the British Academy, a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society, and a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London. He appears in the 1989 fictional novel The Negotiator by Frederick Forsyth. He was an enthusiastic Governor of Blundell's School
Blundell's School
in Tiverton for many years, the school being linked to Balliol by a scholarship and fellowship foundation gift.


1 Selected works 2 See also 3 References 4 External links

Selected works[edit]

(1965) The Laws of War in the Late Middle Ages, Routledge & K. Paul (1968) The Pelican History of Medieval Europe, Routledge Kegan & Paul (1973) England in the Later Middle Ages, London: Methuen, ISBN 0-416-75990-4 (1978) The Outlaws of Medieval Legend Univ of Toronto Press, ISBN 0-8020-1612-X (1984) Chivalry, USA: Yale University Press
Yale University Press
ISBN 0-300-03150-5 (1986) Some Late Mediaeval Views on Nobility, University of London, ISBN 0-7187-0760-5 (1996) Nobles, Knights and Men-at-arms in the Middle Ages, Hambledon Continuum, ISBN 1-85285-087-6 (1999) Medieval Warfare: A History. Oxford University Press (2002) Origins of the English Gentleman, Stroud: Tempus, ISBN 0-7524-2558-7 (2010) Chivalry, London : The Folio Society

See also[edit]

A History of England The Negotiator (novel)


^ "Maurice Hugh KEEN Obituary: View Maurice KEEN's Obituary by The Times". Announcements.thetimes.co.uk. Retrieved 2012-09-14.  ^ Paul Vitello: Maurice H. Keen Dies at 78; Redefined Chivalry
New York Times, September 25, 2012

External links[edit]

Portrait at Balliol web site

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Winners of the Wolfson History Prize


Michael Howard / Keith Thomas (1972) W. L. Warren / Frances Yates
Frances Yates
(1973) Moses Finley / Theodore Zeldin (1974) Frances Donaldson / Olwen Hufton (1975) Nikolaus Pevsner
Nikolaus Pevsner
/ Norman Stone (1976) Denis Mack Smith / Simon Schama
Simon Schama
(1977) Alistair Horne (1978) Richard Cobb
Richard Cobb
/ Quentin Skinner / Mary Soames
Mary Soames


Robert Evans / F. S. L. Lyons (1980) John Wyon Burrow (1981) John McManners (1982) Martin Gilbert
Martin Gilbert
/ Kenneth Rose (1983) Antonia Fraser
Antonia Fraser
/ Maurice Keen (1984) Richard Davenport-Hines / John Grigg (1985) J. H. Elliott / Jonathan Israel (1986) Rees Davies / John Pemble (1987) Richard Evans / Paul Kennedy
Paul Kennedy
(1988) Richard A. Fletcher / Donald Cameron Watt
Donald Cameron Watt


Colin Platt (1990) John Bossy / Allan Bullock
Allan Bullock
(1991) Linda Colley / Robert Skidelsky
Robert Skidelsky
(1992) Robert Bartlett / Barbara Harvey (1993) Fiona MacCarthy / John C. G. Röhl (1994) H. C. G. Matthew (1995) Orlando Figes (1996) John Brewer / Patricia Hollis
Patricia Hollis
(1997) Antony Beevor
Antony Beevor
/ Amanda Vickery (1998) Joanna Bourke / Andrew Roberts (1999)


Ian Kershaw
Ian Kershaw
/ Mark Mazower / Roy Porter (2000) Barry Cunliffe
Barry Cunliffe
/ Jerry White (2001) William Dalrymple / Robert Gildea
Robert Gildea
(2002) Frances Harris / Julian T. Jackson / Diarmaid MacCulloch
Diarmaid MacCulloch
(2003) Richard Overy
Richard Overy
/ David Reynolds (2004) Evelyn Welch / Christopher Wickham (2005) Chris Clark / Vic Gatrell
Vic Gatrell
/ Adam Tooze (2006) John Darwin / Rosemary Hill (2007) Mary Beard / Margaret M. McGowan (2008) Dominic Lieven
Dominic Lieven
/ Jonathan Sumption
Jonathan Sumption


Ruth Harris / Nicholas Thomas (2010) Susie Harries / Alexandra Walsham (2011) Susan Brigden / Christopher Duggan (2012) Cyprian Broodbank / Catherine Merridale
Catherine Merridale
(2013) Richard Vinen / Alexander Watson (2014) Robin Lane Fox
Robin Lane Fox
/ Nikolaus Wachsmann (2015) Christopher de Hamel (2016)

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WorldCat Identities VIAF: 49247520 LCCN: n50046420 ISNI: 0000 0001 1061 3853 GND: 122170261 SELIBR: 193148 SUDOC: 028921399 BNF: cb120657135 (d