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Hastings, Margaret (1910–1979) - Medieval English Legal History

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Margaret Hastings was born in Springfield, Massachusetts, on May 23, 1910, to William Walter Hastings, a teacher and clergyman, and Elizabeth (Fairbank) Hastings. She graduated from Mount Holyoke College in 1931 and received an M.A. in English medieval history in 1932 and a Ph.D. degree from Bryn Mawr in 1939. She taught in private schools in Waterbury, Connecticut, and Boston, Massachusetts, from 1935 to 1944, and was a research analyst with the army during the war. She was a lecturer in history at Douglass College, New Brunswick, New Jersey, in 1946. The next year she wrote a book that became an instant classic, The Court of Common Pleas in Fifteenth Century England . She became an instructor from 1946 to 1949; assistant professor, 1949–1952; associate professor, 1952–1960; and professor of history, 1960–1975. She was a contributer to Changing Views on British History , edited by Elizabeth C. Furber (1966), and wrote Medieval European Society in 1971. Hastings was a fellow of the Royal Historical Society, and held Guggenheim and Fulbright fellowships. When the Helen Maud Cam visiting fellowship was established at Girton College, Cambridge, Hastings was the first recipient. She was also the first Douglass College faculty member to receive a Lindback Award for distinguished research, and in 1976 Mount Holyoke gave her an honorary degree.

Hastings died in an automobile accident on October 20, 1979, while on a visit to England.

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