I don’t know what others think of Richmond as a historian. My own opinion is certainly positive, but it isn’t his scholarship I want to mention; it’s his way with words. Reading a paper by Peter Coss gave me this quote that was just too good to keep to myself. This is in reference to the debate about ‘bastard feudalism.’
“Drs Walker and Payling tackle that old, senile adversary, Bastard Feudalism. It is dealt a knock-out blow; it may hereafter be resurrected only as an Aunt Sally … we are left in no doubt: Bastard Feudalism is dead: I don’t think I ever believed it was alive.”
He also adds, in a note, a reference to something Richmond hid in one of his own notes (ah, the deep mines of sub-sub-referencing) that gives some idea of his methodology. This is called a “fundamentally empathetic, approach” and is justified by J. Namier, used here by Richmond, with this quote: “Attempts to write biographies without empathy for the subject of the work … are schoolboys’ jokes or exercises in sleights of hand.”
I like that.
 Peter Coss, ‘Hilton, Lordship and the Culture of the Gentry’, in Christopher Dyer, ed., Rodney Hilton’s Middle Ages: An Exploration of Historical Themes, 2 (Oxford University Press: Oxford, 2007): 34-52.
 Coss quotes from C. Richmond, ‘An English Mafia?’, Nottingham Medieval Studies 36 (1992), 240.
 I will simply give the start of this particular ball of unwraveled yarn as I found it in Coss, 43.