|About the Book|
Jacques Heers, born July 6, 1924 in Paris and died on January 10, 2013 in Angers, was a French historian specializing in the history of the Middle Ages, Professor at the Faculty of Humanities of Paris-Nanterre and Director of Medieval Studies at Paris IV.Although a student of Braudel, he is not related to any historical school.Born in Paris, Jacques Heers was raised in La Ferte-Bernard in the Sarthe, where his parents ran a business. After a good academic career, he became a teacher in 1945. While performing this function, he prepared for a degree in history at the Sorbonne. He aggregated in history in 1948 and 1949. Between 1949 and 1951, he became a professor at Le Mans and Alencon, and finally at the national military academy.From 1951 he was attached to the CNRS. There he met Fernand Braudel who sent him to Italy to prepare a state doctorate dedicated to Genoa in the fifteenth century. He defended his thesis at the Sorbonne in 1958. Upon his return to Italy, he became assistant to Georges Duby in the Faculty of Arts in Aix-en-Provence. In 1957 he was appointed professor at the University of Algiers a function he held for five years until 1962. Thereafter, he worked as a professor at Caen, Rouen, Paris X University and the Sorbonne.Honorary Professor of the University of Paris IV, where he held many years the chair of medieval history, he was vice president of the SHMESP (Society of Medievalists of Public Education) from 1971 to 1973. In retirement, Jacques Heers, outside of writing and research, was often present in radio programs.