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Varieties of Monastic Experience in Byzantium, 800-1453

by Alice-Mary Talbot University of Notre Dame Press (April 30, 2019)

In this unprecedented introduction to Byzantine monasticism, based on the Conway Lectures she delivered at the University of Notre Dame in 2014, Alice-Mary Talbot surveys the various forms of monastic life in...


Rivalrous Masculinities

by Ann Marie Rasmussen University of Notre Dame Press (April 30, 2019)

Bringing together the work of both leading and emerging scholars in the field of medieval gender studies, the essays in Rivalrous Masculinities advance our understanding of medieval masculinity as a pluralized...


Performance and Religion in Early Modern England

by Matthew J. Smith University of Notre Dame Press (December 15, 2018)

In Performance and Religion in Early Modern England, Matthew J. Smith seeks to expand our view of “the theatrical.” By revealing the creative and phenomenal ways that performances reshaped religious material...


Rituals for the Dead

by William J. Courtenay University of Notre Dame Press (December 15, 2018)

In his fascinating new book, based on the Conway Lectures he delivered at Notre Dame in 2016, William Courtenay examines aspects of the religious life of one medieval institution, the University of Paris, in...


The City Lament

by Tamar M. Boyadjian Cornell University Press (December 15, 2018)

Poetic elegies for lost or fallen cities are seemingly as old as cities themselves. In the Judeo-Christian tradition, this genre finds its purest expression in the Book of Lamentations, which mourns the destruction...


The Avars

by Walter Pohl Cornell University Press (December 15, 2018)

The Avars arrived in Europe from the Central Asian steppes in the mid-sixth century CE and dominated much of Central and Eastern Europe for almost 250 years. Fierce warriors and canny power brokers, the Avars...


Burning Bodies

by Michael D. Barbezat Cornell University Press (December 15, 2018)

Burning Bodies interrogates the ideas that the authors of historical and theological texts in the medieval West associated with the burning alive of Christian heretics. Michael Barbezat traces these instances...


A Narrow Sea

by Jonathan Bardon Gill Books (October 26, 2018)

Based on the popular BBC Radio Ulster series of the same name, A Narrow Sea traces the epic sweep of Ireland’s relationship with Scotland, exploring the myriad connections, correlations, personalities and...


Punishment and Medieval Education

by Ben Parsons D. S. Brewer (October 19, 2018)

"What meanys shall I use to lurne withoute betynge?", asks a pupil in a translation exercise compiled at Oxford in 1460s. One of the most conspicuous features of medieval education is its reliance onflogging....


Orthodox Cyprus under the Latins, 1191–1571

by Chrysovalantis Kyriacou Lexington Books (October 15, 2018)

Medieval and Renaissance Cyprus was a fascinating place of ethnic, cultural, and religious encounters. Following almost nine centuries of Byzantine rule, Cyprus was conquered by the Crusaders in 1191, becoming...


Blood Roses

by Kathryn Warner The History Press (October 01, 2018)

In 1453, Richard, Duke of York, claimed the throne of England from his Lancastrian kinsman Henry VI, and set off a series of conflicts between rival branches of the English royal family, better known as the...


Medieval Pilgrimage

by Nicholas Orme Impress Books (September 01, 2018)

Pilgrimage was popular throughout medieval England until it was suppressed at the Refor-mation. This book explains how it originated, what it involved, and what it meant to those who practised it. Normally it...


Spirituality and Reform

by Calvin Lane Fortress Academic (August 15, 2018)

In colorful detail, Calvin Lane explores the dynamic intersection between reform movements and everyday Christian practice from ca. 1000 to ca. 1800. Lowering the artificial boundaries between “the Middle...


The Eucharistic Debate in Tudor England

by Amanda Wrenn Allen Lexington Books (August 15, 2018)

In 1550–51, English Archbishop of Canterbury Thomas Cranmer engaged in a debate with Bishop Stephen Gardiner. Archbishop Cranmer was asserting a new Reformed view for England's Eucharist theology, but he faced...


Warfare, Raiding and Defence in Early Medieval Britain

by Erik Grigg Robert Hale Non-Fiction (May 21, 2018)

Warfare, Raiding and Defence in early medieval Britain is an examination of warfare in the period AD400-850, often called the Dark Ages, which is roughly the period between the end of Roman rule and the arrival...


After the Black Death

by Susan L. Einbinder University of Pennsylvania Press (May 18, 2018)

The Black Death of 1348-50 devastated Europe. With mortality estimates ranging from thirty to sixty percent of the population, it was arguably the most significant event of the fourteenth century. Nonetheless,...


Dark Age Nunneries

by Steven Vanderputten Cornell University Press (May 15, 2018)

In Dark Age Nunneries, Steven Vanderputten dismantles the common view of women religious between 800 and 1050 as disempowered or even disinterested witnesses to their own lives. It is based on a study of primary...


Kingdoms of Faith

by Brian A. Catlos Basic Books (May 01, 2018)

A magisterial, myth-dispelling history of Islamic Spain spanning the millennium between the founding of Islam in the seventh century and the final expulsion of Spain's Muslims in the seventeenth

In Kingdoms of...


Paths of Innovation in Warfare

by Nicholas Michael Sambaluk, Nathan A. Jennings, Brian Drohan & Mark Ehlers et al. Lexington Books (April 20, 2018)

Innovation shapes wars, and twelve studies by former faculty members of West Point’s United States Military Academy examine specific cases of past and present military innovation. The complex, competitive,...


The Medieval Military Engineer

by Peter Purton Boydell Press (April 20, 2018)

The results of medieval engineering still surround us - cathedrals, castles, stone bridges, irrigation systems. However, the siege artillery, siege towers, temporary bridges, earthwork emplacements and underground...


Follow the Old Road

by Jo Kerrigan & Richard Mills The O'Brien Press (April 19, 2018)

By turning off the main highway and discovering old routes, some of which have been travelled for thousands of years, you will see Ireland in an entirely different way. Follow the Old Road will take you on a...


Conflict, Bargaining, and Kinship Networks in Medieval Eastern Europe

by Christian Raffensperger Lexington Books (April 15, 2018)

Conflict, Bargaining, and Kinship Networks in Medieval Eastern Europe takes the familiar view of Eastern Europe, families, and conflicts and stands it on its head. Instead of a world rife with civil war and...


City of Saints

by Maya Maskarinec University of Pennsylvania Press (February 23, 2018)

It was far from inevitable that Rome would emerge as the spiritual center of Western Christianity in the early Middle Ages. After the move of the Empire's capital to Constantinople in the fourth century and...


Stratton Churchwardens' Accounts, 1512-1578

by Joanna Mattingly Devon and Cornwall Record Society (February 16, 2018)

Spanning the period 1512-78, the High Cross churchwardens' accounts of Stratton, in Cornwall, are unusually complete and informative. Written mostly in English, they are among only eighteen survivingsets of...


Pietro Monte's Collectanea

by Jeffrey L. Forgeng Boydell Press (February 16, 2018)

Pietro Monte's Collectanea is a wide-ranging treatise on the arts of knighthood, focusing on martial arts, athletics, arms and armour, and military practice, but touching on subjects as diverseas diet, zoology...


Mythical Battle

by Ashley Hern Robert Hale Non-Fiction (November 29, 2017)

The Battle of Hastings is one of the key events in the history of the British Isles. This book is not merely another attempt to describe what happened at Hastings - that has already been done supremely well...


The Influence of the Greek Mind on Modern Life

by Richard C. Jebb Literature and Knowledge Publishing (November 22, 2017)

This book treats of the Influence of the Greek Mind on Modern Life.

“The vital power of the Greek spirit was indeed not fully disclosed until, after suffering a partial eclipse in the Macedonian age, it emerged...


The Resurrection of the Body in Western Christianity, 200–1336

by Caroline Walker Bynum Columbia University Press (November 21, 2017)

A classic of medieval studies, The Resurrection of the Body in Western Christianity, 200–1336 traces ideas of death and resurrection in early and medieval Christianity. Caroline Walker Bynum explores problems...


Mary and the Art of Prayer

by Rachel Fulton Brown Columbia University Press (November 21, 2017)

Would you like to learn to pray like a medieval Christian? In Mary and the Art of Prayer, Rachel Fulton Brown traces the history of the medieval practice of praising Mary through the complex of prayers known...


The Welsh Law of Women

by Dafydd Jenkins & Morfydd E. Owen University of Wales Press (November 15, 2017)

Professor Daniel A. Binchy’s Corpus Iuris Hibernici, published in 1979, set the seal on a lifetime’s work which had made him the acknowledged leader in Celtic law studies. At an earlier stage in his career,...


Her Father’s Daughter

by Lucy K. Pick Cornell University Press (November 15, 2017)

"In Her Father’s Daughter, Lucy K. Pick looks to a much-neglected aspect of the history of the Spanish kingdoms in the eleventh and twelfth centuries. Her book is novel and original."—Teofilo Ruiz, author...


Visions of Sainthood in Medieval Rome

by Larry Field, Sean L. Field & Lezlie S. Knox University of Notre Dame Press (October 30, 2017)

Margherita Colonna (1255–1280) was born into one of the great baronial families that dominated Rome politically and culturally in the thirteenth century. After the death of her father and mother, Margherita...


Medievalia et Humanistica, No. 43

by Nina Tomaszewski, Reinhold F. Glei & Maik Goth Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (October 27, 2017)

Since its founding in 1943, Medievalia et Humanistica has won worldwide recognition as the first scholarly publication in America to devote itself entirely to medieval and Renaissance studies. Since 1970, a...


Henry III

by Darren Baker The History Press (October 26, 2017)

Henry III (1207-72) reigned for 56 years, the longest-serving English monarch until the modern era. Admired for his building projects like Westminster Abbey, he is nevertheless dismissed by scholars as weak...


Byzantine Christianity

by Averil Cameron SPCK (October 19, 2017)

‘. . . I have sailed the seas and come

To the holy city of Byzantium.’

W. B. Yeats

From the foundation of Constantinople in 330 to its fall in 1453, this brief history explores the key components of Byzantine...


Mother and Sons, Inc.

by Kathryn L. Reyerson University of Pennsylvania Press (September 22, 2017)

In the late 1320s, Martha de Cabanis was widowed with three young sons, eleven, eight, and four years of age. Her challenges would be many: to raise and train her children to carry on their father's business;...


Hidden Interests in Credit and Finance

by James B. Greenberg & Thomas K. Park Lexington Books (September 20, 2017)

In this book, James B. Greenberg and Thomas K. Park take an anthropological approach to the economic history of the past one thousand years and define credit as a potentially transformative force involving inequalties,...


The Survival of the Princes in the Tower

by Matthew Lewis The History Press (September 01, 2017)

The murder of the Princes in the Tower is the most famous cold case in English or British history. Traditionally considered victims of a ruthless uncle, there are other suspects too often and too easily discounted....


Encyclopedia of Martin Luther and the Reformation

by Mark A. Lamport, Martin E. Marty & Bruce Gordon Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (August 10, 2017)

The Encyclopedia of Martin Luther and the Reformation is a comprehensive global study of the life and work of Martin Luther and the movements that followed him—in history and through today. Organized by a...


Saxons vs. Vikings

by Ed West Skyhorse (August 08, 2017)

A witty and concise look at the beginnings of English history, when the nation consolidated after clashes between the Saxons and invading Vikings.

In 871, three of England's four kingdoms were overrun by Vikings,...


Spiritual Grammar

by F. Dominic Longo Fordham University Press (July 11, 2017)

Spiritual Grammar identifies a genre of religious literature that until now has not been recognized as such. In this surprising and theoretically nuanced study, F. Dominic Longo reveals how grammatical structures...


Rosslyn Treasury

by P.L. Snow Floris Books (July 05, 2017)

A collection of stories represented by the carvings at Rosslyn Chapel, drawn from the beginnings of the world, Ancient Egypt, the Holy Land, Celtic myth and Scottish history.


Ingratiation from the Renaissance to the Present

by Jeff Diamond Lexington Books (June 21, 2017)

Ingratiation from the Renaissance to the Present explores a common ethical problem for intellectuals of the Renaissance: How does one win the favor and patronage of the wealthy and powerful and yet maintain...


The Roots of Western Finance

by Thomas K. Park & James B. Greenberg Lexington Books (May 24, 2017)

In The Roots of Western Finance: Power, Ethics, and Social Capital in the Ancient World, Thomas K. Park and James B. Greenberg take an anthropological approach to credit. They suggest that financial activities...


Joan of Arc

by 50MINUTES.Com 50Minutes.com (May 23, 2017)

Keen to learn but short on time? Get to grips with the life of Joan of Arc in next to no time with this concise guide.

50Minutes.com provides a clear and engaging analysis of Joan of Arc. As the Hundred Years’...


The Monstrous Middle Ages

by Bettina Bildhauer & Robert Mills University of Wales Press (May 15, 2017)

The figure of the monster in medieval culture functions as a vehicle for a range of intellectual and spiritual inquiries, from questions of language and representation to issues of moral, theological and cultural...


Where Three Worlds Met

by Sarah Davis-Secord Cornell University Press (May 15, 2017)

Sicily is a lush and culturally rich island at the center of the Mediterranean Sea. Throughout its history, the island has been conquered and colonized by successive waves of peoples from across the Mediterranean...


Hell and Its Rivals

by Alan E. Bernstein Cornell University Press (May 15, 2017)

The idea of punishment after death—whereby the souls of the wicked are consigned to Hell (Gehenna, Gehinnom, or Jahannam)—emerged out of beliefs found across the Mediterranean, from ancient Egypt to Zoroastrian...


After Lavinia

by John Watkins Cornell University Press (May 09, 2017)

The Renaissance jurist Alberico Gentili once quipped that, just like comedies, all wars end in a marriage. In medieval and early modern Europe, marriage treaties were a perennial feature of the diplomatic landscape....


The Mirror of the Medieval

by K. Patrick Fazioli Berghahn Books (May 01, 2017)

Since its invention by Renaissance humanists, the myth of the "Middle Ages" has held a uniquely important place in the Western historical imagination. Whether envisioned as an era of lost simplicity or a barbaric...