On the Spot: Levi Roach

‘I used to doubt that the changes undergone in western Europe’s “feudal revolution” were substantial; now, I’m inclined to accept that they were.’

An 1898 illustration of Arthur of Brittany as he appears in the stained glass window of Chartres Cathedral. Bibliothèque nationale de France. Public Domain.

Why are you a historian of medieval Europe? 

The Middle Ages are the goldilocks period: enough sources that discoveries remain possible, but not so many that you lose perspective.

What’s the most important lesson history has taught you? 

That people at any given time are unlikely to be good judges of what’s really going on (and why).

Which history book has had the greatest influence on you? 

Geoff Koziol’s Politics of Memory and Identity in Carolingian Royal Diplomas 

What book in your field should everyone read? 

Janet L. Nelson’s Charlemagne: King and Emperor.

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