The Info List - Maurice Keen

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(30 October 1933 – 11 September 2012) was a British historian specializing in the Middle Ages
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
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 Maurice 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.

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 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


* (1965) The Laws of War in the Late Middle Ages, Routledge & K. Paul * (1968) The Pelican History of Medieval Europe, Routledge Kegan ">

* ^ "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,