Dr. George Beech
Ph.D., Johns Hopkins
Medieval Europe, especially 11th and 12th Century France
Office: (269) 387-4590
4312 Friedmann Hall
Department of History
Western Michigan University
1903 W Michigan Ave
Kalamazoo, MI 49008-5334
"Egbert's England", in History Today, Feb., 2013, pp, 38-43.
"Breton Campaign and the Possibility that the Bayeux Tapestry was produced
in the Loire Valley (St. Florent of Saumur)", in The Bayeux Tapestry: New
Approaches. Proceedings of a Conference at the British Musuem, ed. Michael
J. Lewis, Gale R. W\Owen-Crocker and Dan Terkla, (Oxford, 2011), 10-16.
A Rural Society in Medieval France: The Gatine of Poitou in the 11th and 12th Centuries; Life in a Medieval Village; principle author of Le Conventum d'Aquitaine (vers 1030); percurseur des premieres epopees; and Solving some Enigmas of the Middle Ages: the Historian as a Detective, as well as articles in many different journals and collections.
Dr. Beech is a cofounder and coeditor of the journal Medieval Prosopography (1980) .
Current Research Interests: 11th century Aguitaine; its cultural and religious relations with England, Spain, Italy, and the Crusader East; personal name studies; origins of epic narrative and vernacular poetry; the Muslim kingdom of Zaragoza in Spain; biography of the first troubadour poet, William IX of Aquitaine.