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Robert B. Patterson

Department: History
College of Arts and Sciences
Resources: Department of History


  • B.A., St. Bernard's College & Seminary
  • M.A., Trinity College
  • PhD, The Johns Hopkins University


Professor Patterson was the department’s medievalist from 1962 until his retirement in 2001. I have been associated with the Honors Program and College since its inception and continue to offer the Honors Western Civilization course (Hist. 101 [501]). I was the founding editor of the serial, The Haskins Society Journal: Studies in Medieval History, and my own published works have focused on identifying the hands of medieval scribes and describing their administrative and cultural activities for secular and ecclesiastical feudal lords.


I am currently working on several projects relating to scribal activities and baronial society in twelfth and thirteenth-century England and Wales.