Citadel professor changes how scholars study Battle of Crécy

Citadel history professor Michael Livingston recently released a book titled “The Battle of Crécy: A Casebook,” that is changing the way scholars view the centuries-old battle.


Michael Livingston has been an associate professor at the Citadel since 2006.   Contributed photo

Citadel history professor Michael Livingston recently released a book titled “The Battle of Crécy: A Casebook,” that is changing the way scholars view the centuries-old battle.

“Mike Livingston is one of the rare authors who has produced major books in several different genres of English literature,” dean of The Citadel of School Humanities and Social Sciences Bo Moore said in a news release. “The Society of Military History’s recognition of his work on the Battle of Crécy as the most distinguished book in military history during the past year, confirms the status Professor Livingston has earned as an American scholar of the first rank.” 

Livingston, an associate professor at the Citadel since 2006, has received numerous awards for his work. Together with co-editor Kelly Devries, Livingston gathered, edited and translated more than 80 sources from the 14th century that relate to the battle.

“Adding to my own personal excitement, I'm pleased to note that this is the second year in a row a member of the Citadel School of Humanities and Social Sciences has received this award,” Livingston said. “Last year David Preston was similarly honored for his well-deserving book Braddock's Defeat. Having two Society for Military History prize winners is an achievement few institutions in the world can claim." 

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