The great medievalist Robert fossier passed away on May 25, 2012. Heir to Marc Bloch and the Ecole des Annales, he was a student at the Lycée Henri IV, then at the Ecole des Chartes. Agrégé in history, he devoted his state thesis to The Land of Men in Picardy until the end of the 13the century.
Professor at the University of Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne from 1971 to 1993, then professor emeritus, Robert Fossier was a specialist in rural societies in the medieval West, and he notably developed the concept of cells (which is still debated), in the extension of the incastellamento of Pierre Toubert.
His main publications :
-The Earth and men in Picardy until the end of the 13th century, 1968
-Social history of the medieval West, 1970
-The Middle Ages in Picardy, 1975
-Les polyptiques et censiers, 1978
-The village and the house in the Middle Ages, 1981
-Childhood of Europe (X-XII centuries). Economic and social aspects, 1982
-The Middle Ages, 1982-1983
-The society and economy of Picardy in the Middle Ages, 1983
-Peasants of the West (11th-14th centuries), 1984
-The Western Peasant in the Middle Ages, 1989
-Medieval society, 1992
-Villages and villagers in the Middle Ages, 1995
-Economic and social history of the Western Middle Ages: questions, sources, commented documents, 1999
-The work in the Middle Ages, 2000
-The Medieval West, (5th-13th centuries), 2006
-These people of the Middle Ages, 2007
Interviews with Robert Fossier here. HPT will publish testimonials in tribute to Robert Fossier in the coming days.
To read also: With Robert Fossier dies a part of the economic and social history.