Norman Cantor

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Norman Frank Cantor (November 19, 1929 – September 18, 2004)) was a Canadian-American historian who specialized in the medieval period.


  • Is historical writing to be addressed to a small group of academics or is it to be communicated to the educated world at large? I stand with the latter proposition, that history books are communicable to and accessible by the educated public at large. The ultimate task and obligation of a historian is to bring this kind of illumination to as wide an audience as possible.
    • Cantor, Norman (2002), Inventing Norman Cantor: Confessions of a Medievalist, Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies Occasional Publications 1, Tempe, Arizona: Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, p. 223, ISBN 0-86698-293-0 

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