'Thomas Frederick Tout: refashioning history', eds. Joel T. Rosenthal and Caroline M. Barron



Edited by Joel T. Rosenthal and Caroline M. Barron


Thomas Frederick Tout (1855–1929) was arguably the most prolific English medieval historian of the early twentieth century. The son of an unsuccessful publican, he was described at his Oxford scholarship exam as ‘uncouth and untidy’; however, he went on to publish hundreds of books throughout his distinguished career with a legacy that extended well beyond the academy. Tout pioneered the use of archival research, welcomed women into academia and augmented the University of Manchester’s growing reputation for pioneering research.

This edited collection of  presents the first full assessment of Tout’s life and work, from his early career at Lampeter, to his work in Manchester and his wide-ranging service to the study of history. Selected essays take a fresh and critical look at Tout’s own historical writing and discuss how his research shaped, and continues to shape, our understanding of the middle ages, particularly the fourteenth century. 

Published in 2019, by University of London Press, as part of the IHR Conference Series.

Individual chapters are available Open Access via JSTOR Open Access Books

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Table of contents

Caroline M. Barron
I. Tout as a teacher and university statesman
Ralph A. Griffiths
William Gibson
Peter Slee
Dorothy J. Clayton
H. S. Jones
Christopher Godden
II. Tout as a political historian
Seymour Phillips
J. S. Hamilton
Paul Dryburgh
Matt Raven
III. Tout as an administrative historian
Nick Barratt
John McEwan
Elizabeth Biggs
IV. Tout’s wider influence
Ian d’Alton
Henry Summerson
John D. Milner† and Dorothy J. Clayton
D. Vance Smith
Joel T. Rosenthal
V. Tout remembered
Tom Sharp