Thomas Frederick Tout (1855–1929): refashioning history for the twentieth century

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Edited By Joel T. Rosenthal, Caroline M. Barron

Synopsis

Thomas Frederick Tout (1855–1929) was arguably the most prolific English medieval historian of the early twentieth century. The son of an unsuccessful publican, he was described at his Oxford scholarship exam as ‘uncouth and untidy’; however he went on to publish hundreds of books throughout his distinguished career with a legacy that extended well beyond the academy. Tout pioneered the use of archival research, welcomed women into academia and augmented the University of Manchester’s growing reputation for pioneering research.

This book presents the first full assessment of Tout’s life and work, from his early career at Lampeter to his work in Manchester and his wide-ranging service to the study of history. Selected essays take a fresh and critical look at Tout’s own historical writing and discuss how his research shaped, and continues to shape, our understanding of the middle ages, particularly the fourteenth century. The book concludes with a personal reflection on Tout by his grandson, Tom Sharp.

Published as part of the IHR Conference Series by the Institute of Historical Research.

Table of Contents

  • Introduction
  • I: TOUT AS A TEACHER AND UNIVERSITY STATESMAN
  • 1. The early years and Wales’s history
    Ralph A. Griffiths
  • 2. Thomas Frederick Tout at Lampeter: the making of a historian
    William Gibson
  • 3. Manchester School of History: Tout’s contribution to the pedagogy of academic history
    Peter Slee
  • 4. Tout and Manchester University Press
    Dorothy J. Clayton
  • 5. T. F. Tout and the idea of the university
    H.S. Jones
  • 6. ‘Dear Professor Tout…’: letters from Tout’s students during the First World War
    Christopher Godden
  • II: TOUT AS A POLITICAL HISTORIAN
  • 7. Tout and the reign of Edward II
    Seymour Phillips
  • 8. Tout and the royal favourites of Edward II
    J.S. Hamilton
  • 9. Tout and the middle party
    Paul Dryburgh
  • 10. Tout and the higher nobility under the three Edwards
    Matt Raven
  • III: TOUT AS AN ADMINISTRATATIVE HISTORIAN
  • 11. Tout and the exchequer
    Nick Barrett
  • 12. Tout and seals
    John McEwan
  • 13. Tout's administrators: the case of William Moulsoe
    Elizabeth Biggs
  • IV: TOUT'S WIDER INFLUENCE
  • 14. Institutionalizing history: T.F. Tout's involvement with the Royal Historical Society and the Historical Association
    Ian d'Alton
  • 15. T. F. Tout and the Dictionary of National Biography
    Henry Summerson
  • 16. Tout’s work as a reviewer
    John D. Milner†, Dorothy J. Clayton
  • 17. T. F. Tout and literature
    D. Vance Smith
  • 18. The homage volume of 1925 – looking back and looking forward
    Joel T. Rosenthal
  • V: TOUT REMEMBERED
  • 19. Reflections on my grandfather, the historian T. F. Tout
    Tom Sharp

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August 21, 2019

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Date of first publication
2019-09-02
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10.14296/919.9781912702039

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