In the spring of 2022, only a few months after the death of James J. Murphy (henceforth Jerry, as he would have preferred), I was approached to organize and guest edit the special issue of Journal for the History of Rhetoric that you now hold in your hands (or, as the case may likely be, have displayed on your computer screen). As a scholar of the rhetorical traditions of medieval Europe, I was quite familiar with Jerry’s work—I had drawn from a number of his essays and books while writing my dissertation on medieval rhetoric and civic identity at Arizona State University. I also had the pleasure of meeting him at several conferences, the first time being at the American Society for the History of Rhetoric symposium in San Antonio in 2014. In all my interactions with him, I found Jerry to be a welcoming, supportive, and inquisitive scholar...

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