This book makes a selection of writings by the great medieval historian, Sir Richard Southern, available to the wider audience they deserve. It is a collection of writings by the great medieval historian, Sir Richard Southern. It offers a fascinating insight into the beliefs and ideas that underpinned Southern's work. It contains a series of reflections on medieval historical writing that Southern produced during his tenure as President of the Royal Historical Society. It also includes pieces on the nature of academic history, as well as Southern's appreciations of other medievalists. It brings together texts that would otherwise be difficult to locate. It makes these writings accessible to the wider audience they deserve.