Department of History

Usilton_IrelandLarry W. Usilton, Professor


  • Ph.D., Mississippi State University
  • M.A., Mississippi State University
  • B.A. Mississippi State University

Academic Interests

As a medievalist, my research emphasis through the years has been the interaction of monks with lay society in thirteenth, fourteenth, and fifteenth-century England. Throughout the Middle Ages, the monks of medieval England, paradoxically, while seeking a contemplative life apart from the outside world, became very dependent upon the nobility, villagers, and peasantry of the era for their physical structures of their environment and the other material necessities of life. The laity, on the other hand, looked to the monks for spiritual guidance, clerical assistance, education, and employment. My research through the years has focused on this symbiotic relationship.

Courses Taught

  • HST 101: Western Civ I
  • HST 102: Western Civ II
  • HST 290: The Practice of History
  • HST 305: The Ancient Near East
  • HST 306: Ancient Greece and Rome
  • HST 311:History of England to 1485
  • HST 408/548: Seminar: Medieval Europe

Significant Publications

  • The Kings of Medieval England, C. 560-1485: A Survey and Research Guide (Lanham, MD: Scarecrow Press, 1996).
  • Conduits of History: Select Sources for the Study of Western Civilization to 1650 (Dubuque, IA: Kendall Hunt, 2015).
  • "Edward I's Exploitation of the Corrody System," The American Benedictine Review 31 (June 1980): 222-236.
  • "Edward II's Indigent Army: A Study of Royal Corrodies," in Death, Sickness and Health in Medieval Society and Culture, Sewanee Mediaeval Studies, Vol. 10 edited by Susan Ridyard (University of the South Press, 2000): 203-246.