William Chester Jordan

Dayton-Stockton Professor of History<br />Chair, Department of History

Affiliated Faculty

 232 Dickinson Hall




William Chester Jordan is Professor of History and Director of the Program in Medieval Studies. He has been Director of the Shelby Cullom Davis Center for Historical Studies, from 1994 to 1999. He is the author of several books: Louis IX and the Challenge of the Crusade: A Study in Rulership; From Servitude to Freedom: Manumission in the Senonais in the Thirteenth Century; The French Monarchy and the Jews from Philip Augustus to the Last Capetians; Women and Credit in Pre-Industrial and Developing Societies; The Great Famine: Northern Europe in the Early Fourteenth Century (awarded the Haskins Medal of the Medieval Academy of America); Europe in the High Middle Ages; Unceasing Strife, Unending Fear:  Jacques de Therines and the Freedom of the Church in the Age of the Last Capetians; and A Tale of Two Monasteries:  Westminster and Saint-Denis in the Thirteenth Century. He has edited a one-volume encyclopedia of the Middle Ages for elementary school pupils and a four-volume version for middle school students. He is the editor in chief of the first supplemental volume of the Dictionary of the Middle Ages. His current research focuses on judicial exile in the thirteenth century.