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Introduction

ByMelodie Harris Eichbauer

James Arthur Brundage began his brilliant career in Nebraska. Writing a thesis under Edgar N. Johnson in 1951 with the title “The Chronicle of Henry of Livonia,” Jim earned his Master of Arts degree from the University of Nebraska. Ten years later he published his thesis with the University of Wisconsin Press. He completed his post graduate studies at Fordham University in 1955, writing the dissertation “The Compoti of Bursars of Whalley Abbey” under the direction of Jeremiah F. O’Sullivan. He began his academic career in 1957 in the History Department of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee where he taught until 1989. In that year he became the Ahmanson-Murphy Professor of History at the University of Kansas. He retired in 2000. Throughout his illustrious career at both universities, Jim has accumulated numerous distinctions: a Guggenheim fellow from 1963 to 1964, a Fulbright Senior Lecturer at the University of Madrid from 1967 to 1968, a National Endowment for the Humanities fellow at the Newberry Library from 1983 to 1984, and a recipient of the John Gilmary Shea prize from the American Catholic Historical Association in 1998. He became a fellow of the Royal Historical Society in 1978, a Life Member of Clare Hall at Cambridge in 1985, and a fellow of the Medieval Academy of America in 1990. He also has served as an associate editor of the Journal of Medieval History since 1974 and as an associate editor of the Journal of the History of Sexuality from 1993 to 1998.