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story.lead_photo.caption Dr. Craig Nakashian

A Texas A&M University-Texarkana professor has released a book designed to celebrate the career of one of the world's leading Middle Ages historians.

"Prowess, Piety, and Public Order in Medieval Society," co-edited by Dr. Craig M. Nakashian, associate professor of history at A&M-Texarkana, and Dr. Daniel P. Franke, assistant professor of history at Richard Bland College of William and Mary, honors the life and work of their doctoral adviser, Dr. Richard W. Kaeuper of the University of Rochester.

Dr. Nakashian, writing in the volume's preface, says of Kaeuper, "If I had to summarize Dick's approach to mentorship, it would be that he cares. I do not mean, necessarily, that he cares in a purely emotive sense, or that he is empathetic (though both are the case), but rather that he takes a true and organic interest in people, most especially his students. Such selflessness comes naturally to him, and it is a model that I try to emulate in my life and career."

In the world of academia, this type of book is known as a festschrift—a celebratory publication honoring a respected person and presented during his or her lifetime. The volume represents the latest in a list of honors for Professor Kaeuper.

He received his PhD from Princeton University in 1967 and has received a wide variety of awards including the Verbruggen Prize from "De Re Militari: The Society for Medieval Military History," as well as numerous awards from the University of Rochester for his excellence in teaching. Kaeuper is an elected fellow of the Royal Historical Society in the United Kingdom and the Medieval Academy of America.

Kaeuper's works examine three concerns of medieval society—knightly prowess and violence, lay and religious piety and public order and government. He recently published "Medieval Chivalry," a research tool and classroom text, with Cambridge University Press.

"Dr. Kaeuper has spent his career working to untangle the various threads holding together cultural constructs such as chivalry, licit violence and lay piety," Nakashian says. "This particular festschrift in his honor brings together luminaries from across disciplines, many of them former students, to engage with those same concerns in medieval society from a variety of perspectives."

The book has five sections—War and Chivalry, Chivalric Identities, Religion and Violence, Kingship, Public Order and the State, and Literature and Culture in Medieval and Early Modern Europe—and 19 chapters.

The book is available at

For more information, contact Dr. Craig Nakashian at [email protected] or 903-223-3136.

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