"Richard William Barber" FRSL Society of Antiquaries of London/FSA FRHistS (born 1941) is a United Kingdom/British historian who has published several books about medieval history and literature. His book, The Knight and Chivalry, about the interplay between history and literature, won the Somerset Maugham Award, a well-known British literary prize, in 1971. A similarly-themed 2004 book, The Holy Grail: Imagination and Belief, was widely praised in the UK press, and received major reviews in The New York Times and The New Republic.

Barber has long specialised in King Arthur/Arthurian legend, beginning with the general survey, Arthur of Albion (1961). His other major interest is historical biography: he has published Henry Plantagenet (1964) and a biography of Edward, the Black Prince, Edward Prince of Wales and Aquitaine (1978). His most recent book is Edward III and the Triumph of England: The Battle of Crécy and the Order of the Garter (2013).

In 1969 Barber founded The Boydell Press, which later became Boydell & Brewer/Boydell & Brewer Ltd, a publisher in medieval studies, and acted as group managing director until 2009. In 1989, Boydell & Brewer Ltd, in association with the University of Rochester, started the University of Rochester Press in upstate New York.

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They don't pile up too much oxygen, carbon dioxide, nitrate or phosphate. Those are kept under some kind of biological control. That's how the past has been. The big issue is, will the future work that way?

It's a valuable new piece of information. Understanding why carbon dioxide varied in the last glacial maximum is the most important question facing us. If we can't explain the recent past 18,000 to 20,000 years ago, then we can't be confident of our ability to predict the future.

I said, 'Ritchie, we're just messengers here. This is from Jesus.'

He just lit up like you wouldn't believe.

My colleagues and I want to start people thinking about the phytoplankton in the ocean and the carbon dioxide in the atmosphere as an evolutionary problem in the context of the organisms that are doing the cycling. We think that's a big factor in climate regulation.

Everybody just praised the Lord, ... It was a pretty moving experience that evening.

We decided to pray for something we could do to make their life easier.

You can amend this. I just take a conservative approach and say bring it back (next meeting) with a bid.