1987 Balzan Prize for Medieval History
Richard William Southern was born at Newcastle-upon-Tyne on February 8, 1912 (†2001); he is a British citizen;
fellow of Balliol College, Oxford and Tutor in Medieval History (1937-61); Chichele Professor of Modem History, and fellow of All Souls College, Oxford (1961-69), President of St. John’s College, Oxford (1969-8 1);
prizes: Alexander Prize of the Royal Historical Society (1933), Royal Society of Literature Prize for “Medieval Humanism and other Studies” (1970);
honorary doctorates of the universities of Glasgow (1964), of Durham (1969), of Cambridge (1971), of Bristol (1974), of Harvard (1977), of Warwick (1978), of Newcastle-upon-Tyne (1979), of Columbia (1982);
fellow of the British Academy since 1962; president of the Royal Historical Society (1968- 72), corresponding fellow of the Medieval Academy of America (1965), foreign honorary member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (1972); member of the directorate of the Monumenta Germaniae Historica (1982); knighted (1974) for services to medieval history.
His works include numerous papers, lectures and conferences. Some of his most important books are:
— The Making of the Middie Ages, Hutchinson, Londra 1953;
— Western Views of Islam in the Middle Ages, Harvard University Press, 1962;
— The Life of St. Anselm by Eadmer ( = Eadmeri Vita Anselmi), edito con introduzione, note e traduzione di R.W. Southern, Nelson Medieval Texts, Londra-Edimburgo 1962;
— St. Anselm and his Biographer: a study of monastic life and thought, c. 1059- c 1130, The Birbeck Lectures, Trinity College, Cambridge 1959, Cambridge University Press 1963;
— Memorials of St. Anselm, edito con F.S. Schmidt, O.S.B., Auctores Britannici Medii Aevi, i. Oxford 1969;
— Western Society and the Church in the Middle Ages, Pelican History o/ the Church, ii. Harmondsworth 1970;
— Medieval Humanism and other Studies, Blackwell, Oxford 1970;
— Robert Grosseteste: the Growth of an English Mind in Medieval Europe, Oxford 1986.