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Georges Duby was a French historian specializing in the social and
economic history of the Middle Ages. He ranks among the most
influential medieval historians of the twentieth century and was
one of France's most prominent public intellectuals from the 1970s
until his death in 1996. Born in 1919 to a family of Proven al
craftsmen living in Paris, Duby was initially educated in the field
of historical geography before moving into history. He earned an
undergraduate degree at Lyon in 1942 and completed his graduate
thesis at the Sorbonne under Charles-Edmond Perrin in 1952. He
taught first at Besan on, and then at the University of
Aix-en-Provence before being appointed in 1970 to the Chair of the
History of Medieval Society in the Coll ge de France. He remained
attached to the Coll ge until his retirement in 1991. Duby was
elected to the Acad mie fran aise in 1987
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