Hugh M Thomas


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Professor Thomas received his B.A. from Yale University in 1982 and stayed on there for his Ph.D., which he received in 1988. He specializes in the history of Medieval Europe and of England. His first book, Vassals, Crusaders, Heiresses, and Thugs: The Gentry of Angevin Yorkshire, was published by the University of Pennsylvania Press in 1993, and his second, The English and the Normans: Ethnic Hostility, Assimilation and Identity after the Norman Conquest, 1066-c. 1220, by Oxford University Press in 2003. His third book, The Norman Conquest: England after William the Conqueror appeared in 2008, and is a textbook on the Norman Conquest and its impact. A fourth book, on the clergy in twelfth-century England, was published by Oxford University Press in 2014.  He has also published a number of articles in various journals, including the English Historical Review, and is now working on a book on the social and cultural history of the court of King John, 1199-1216. He has received research fellowships at the University of Pennsylvania, the National Humanities Center, Oxford University, and the Shelby Cullom Davis Center at Princeton University. He has also received funding from the ACLS and the National Endowment for the Humanities. In fall, 2017 he had a Fulbright in the UK, where he was a visiting professor at King’s College, London. He has given numerous papers throughout the U.S. and abroad. Besides a variety of courses on the Middle Ages, Thomas teaches Western Civilization and a course on Religious War and Tolerance in the Western Religious Traditions.‌ Since fall, 2018, he has been director of The Center for the Humanities at UM.



1988Ph.D. , Yale University
1982 B.A. , Yale University

LIST OF SPECIALTIES: Medieval, England

Research Projects

Selected Articles

“History, Archaeology, and the Norman Conquest.” Forthcoming in Dawn M. Hadley and Christopher C. Dyer, eds., The Archaeology of the Eleventh Century: Continuities and Transformations, 285-300. Abingdon: Routledge, 2017.


“La Normandie, l’Anjou et l’Angleterre dans l’œuvre de Raoul de Dicet.” In D. Bates and P. Bauduin, eds., 911-2011. Penser les mondes normands médiévaux, 357-70. Caen: Presses universitaires de Caen, 2016.


“Turold, Wadard and Vitalis: Why are they on the Bayeux Tapestry?” Anglo-Norman Studies 38 (2016), 181-97.


“Shame, Masculinity, and the Death of Thomas Becket.” Speculum 87 (2012), 1050-88.


“Violence in the Reign of King Stephen: A Maximum View.” In Paul Dalton and Graeme J. White, eds. King Stephen’s Reign (1135-1154), 139-70. Woodbridge: Boydell and Brewer, 2008.


“Lay Piety in England from 1066 to 1215.” Anglo-Norman Studies 29 (2007), 179-92.


“The Significance and Fate of the Native English Landholders of 1086.” English Historical Review 118 (2003), 303-33.


“Subinfeudation and Alienation of Land, Economic Development, and the Wealth of Nobles on the Honor of Richmond, 1066 to c. 1300.” Albion 26 (1994), 397-417.


Hugh M. Thomas The Secular Clergy in England, 1066-1216 (Oxford University Press. 2014). [Link]

Hugh Thomas The Norman Conquest: England after William the Conqueror (Lanham: Rowman & Littlefield. 2008).

Hugh Thomas The English and the Normans: Ethnic Hostility, Assimilation and Identity after the Norman Conquest, 1066-c. 1220 (Oxford University Press. 2003).

Hugh Thomas Vassals, Crusaders, Heiresses, and Thugs: The Gentry of Angevin Yorkshire (University of Pennsylvania Press. 1993).