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Susan Reynolds was elected to the British Academy after she had worked out a new framework for the medieval history of England, France, Germany and northern Italy. The breakthrough book was her Kingdoms and Communities in Western Europe 900–1300 (1984); it brought all levels of society together in a synthesis, and was a stunning achievement. Her subsequent Fiefs and Vassals (Oxford, 1994) left a generation reluctant even to use the word ‘feudalism’, and other important contributions continued until not long before she died. In 2001 she was honoured with a Festschrift entitled Law, Laity and Solidarities.


Biographical Memoirs of Fellows of the British Academy, 20 is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License. A printed copy of the whole volume (456 pages; 978-0-19-726744-8) can be purchased through Oxford University Press.