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.
Publication Information & Recommended Citation
Hudson, John G. H. and d'Avray, David L. "Susan Reynolds." In vol. 20 of Biographical Memoirs of Fellows of the British Academy, 139-164. Oxford University Press, 2022.