March 2, 2007
Director of Media Relations
AMHERST, Mass.—Fredric Cheyette, a professor emeritus of history at Amherst College, has been elected a fellow of the Mediaeval Academy of America, and will be inducted at the organization’s annual meeting in Toronto on April 14.
Cheyette is the author of the award-winning Ermengard of Narbonneand the World of the Troubadours (2001), the story of a 12th-century warrior princess best known “among the poets and songsmiths.” In earlier work Cheyette explored royal justice in France, the place of law in the origins of the state and the history of the European landscape from late Roman to medieval times.
Cheyette, who had taught at Amherst since 1963, retired in 2005. He received an A.B. from Princeton University and M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from Harvard University. He was the history book review editor at Speculum, the journal of the Mediaeval Academy of America, from 1978 through 2000.
The Mediaeval Academy of America, founded in 1925, is the largest organization in the world devoted to mediaeval studies. Its goal is the support of research, publication and teaching in mediaeval art, archaeology, history, law, literature, music, philosophy, religion, science, social and economic institutions, and all aspects of the Middle Ages.