[This review was published in the September 1990 issue of Universitas, the national newsletter of University Professors for Academic Order.]


Book Review


Medieval Kingship

Henry A. Myers in cooperation with Herwig Wolfram

Chicago: Nelson-Hall, 1982


            It has long been a tradition among historians—a special pride—to write well.  Dr. Myers, UPAO’s first vice president and a professor of political science and history at James Madison University, has succeeded at the art.  Assisted by Professor Wolfram, who supplied materials “from the incomparable facilities of medievalists of the Institut fur osterreichische Geschichtsforschung in Vienna,” Dr. Myers has produced a fascinating history of the personalities, the theories, and the sociological forces at work behind the long history of medieval kingship. 

            The pages dance with romantic subjects: Alaric… the Visigoths… Theodoric… Dagobert I… the Carolignian Renaissance… Pippin… Beckett… the Great Schism… and countless others.  Certainly it is good reading for a layman who wants an enjoyable way to review the past 1500 years of Western history in perhaps its most colorful aspect.  It is good, too, for the academic specialist: it carries 80 pages of annotated notes, and a bibliography running 17 pages.  Here, then, is yet another book demonstrating that much solid scholarship is being done today.


                                                                                        Dwight D. Murphey