William Chaney

William Chaney
Colour photograph of William Chaney
William Chaney in 2010
BornWilliam Albert Chaney
(1922-12-23)December 23, 1922
Lodi, California, US
DiedMarch 13, 2013(2013-03-13) (aged 90)
Appleton, Wisconsin
NationalityAmerican
OccupationHistorian
Years active1952–2013
Notable workThe Cult of Kingship in Anglo-Saxon England (1970)

William Albert "Bill" Chaney (December 23, 1922 – March 13, 2013) was an American historian of Anglo-Saxon England who spent his career, from 1952 until his death, teaching at Lawrence University. At various times, he held the George McKendree Steele endowed chair (1962–99) and the chair of the history department (1968–71).

Early life

Chaney was born in Lodi, California, on December 23, 1922.[1] He descended from what one colleague said to be "southerners who had consistently backed the wrong horse in the great conflicts of American history", and he would pretend to shiver and look the other way whenever he walked by a statue of General Sherman on the Lawrence campus.[2] After matriculating at the College of the Pacific he transferred to the University of California, Berkeley.[1] There he completed both his bachelor of arts, and, in 1952 and under Ernst Kantorowicz's advisement, his Ph.D.[1] He was made a fellow in the Harvard Society of Fellows early in the 1950s, and in 1966–1967 a grantee in the American Council of Learned Societies.[1]

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