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Prof. Duby was born into a Provençal family in Paris. He became one of the 20th century’s most prolific and influential historians of the Middle Ages. He held the chair in medieval history at the Collège de France from 1970 to 1993, and was elected to the French Academy. He is considered a member of the Annales school of history, which emphasized the importance of the daily lives of people in historical inquiry.
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