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The Book of Peace

by Christine de Pizan Penn State University Press (January 30, 2018)

Christine de Pizan, one of the earliest known women authors, wrote the Livre de paix (Book of Peace) between 1412 and 1414, a period of severe corruption and civil unrest in her native France. The book offered...

The Continuity of the Conquest

by Wendy Marie Hoofnagle Penn State University Press (August 29, 2016)

The Norman conquerors of Anglo-Saxon England have traditionally been seen both as rapacious colonizers and as the harbingers of a more civilized culture, replacing a tribal Germanic society and its customs with...

Texts in Transit in the Medieval Mediterranean

by Y. Tzvi Langermann & Robert G. Morrison Penn State University Press (July 28, 2016)

This collection of essays studies the movement of texts in the Mediterranean basin in the medieval period from historical and philological perspectives. Rejecting the presumption that texts simply travel without...

The Noisy Renaissance

by Niall Atkinson Penn State University Press (August 09, 2016)

From the strictly regimented church bells to the freewheeling chatter of civic life, Renaissance Florence was a city built not just of stone but of sound as well. An evocative alternative to the dominant visual...

Alchemical Belief

by Bruce Janacek Penn State University Press (October 04, 2011)

What did it mean to believe in alchemy in early modern England? In this book, Bruce Janacek considers alchemical beliefs in the context of the writings of Thomas Tymme, Robert Fludd, Francis Bacon, Sir Kenelm...

The Chankas and the Priest

by Sabine Hyland Penn State University Press (April 25, 2016)

How does society deal with a serial killer in its midst? What if the murderer is a Catholic priest living among native villagers in colonial Peru? In The Chankas and the Priest, Sabine Hyland chronicles the...

The Arras Witch Treatises

by Andrew Colin Gow, Robert B. Desjardins & François V. Pageau Penn State University Press (April 25, 2016)

This is the first complete and accessible English translation of two major source texts—Tinctor’s Invectives and the anonymous Recollectio—that arose from the notorious Arras witch hunts and trials in...

Supernatural Entertainments

by Simone Natale Penn State University Press (February 03, 2016)

In Supernatural Entertainments, Simone Natale vividly depicts spiritualism’s rise as a religious and cultural phenomenon and explores its strong connection to the growth of the media entertainment industry...

Measuring Shadows

by Raz Chen-Morris Penn State University Press (January 29, 2016)

In Measuring Shadows, Raz Chen-Morris demonstrates that a close study of Kepler’s Optics is essential to understanding his astronomical work and his scientific epistemology. He explores Kepler’s radical...

The Wanton Jesuit and the Wayward Saint

by Mita Choudhury Penn State University Press (December 09, 2015)

This microhistory investigates the famous and scandalous 1731 trial in which Catherine Cadière, a young woman in the south of France, accused her Jesuit confessor, Jean-Baptiste Girard, of seduction, heresy,...

Framing Majismo

by Tara Zanardi Penn State University Press (March 08, 2016)

Majismo, a cultural phenomenon that embodied the popular aesthetic in Spain from the second half of the eighteenth century, served as a vehicle to “regain” Spanish heritage. As expressed in visual representations...

Toledo Cathedral

by Tom Nickson Penn State University Press (November 18, 2015)

Medieval Toledo is famous as a center of Arabic learning and as a home to sizable Jewish, Muslim, and Christian communities. Yet its cathedral—one of the largest, richest, and best preserved in all of Europe—is...

The Prose Literature of the Gaelic Revival, 1881–1921

by Philip O'Leary Penn State University Press (April 27, 1994)

The Gaelic Revival has long fascinated scholars of political history, nationalism, literature, and theater history, yet studies of the period have neglected a significant dimension of Ireland's evolution into...

The Profane, the Civil, and the Godly

by Richard P. Gildrie Penn State University Press (November 24, 1993)

In this prize-winning study of the sacred and profane in Puritan New England, Richard P. Gildrie seeks to understand not only the fears, aspirations, and moral theories of Puritan reformers but also the customs...

Pietas from Vergil to Dryden

by James Garrison Penn State University Press (March 02, 1992)

For centuries the most revered poem in the Western literary canon, Vergil's Aeneid celebrates the Roman virtue of pietas. In the preface to his English translation of the poem, John Dryden attempts to explain...

Terms of Response

by Robert Montgomery Penn State University Press (October 15, 1991)

This book takes a new look at the place occupied by medieval Spanish epic within European folk and literary tradition. Thomas Montgomery traces the origins of key parts of most known medieval Spanish epics to...

Rhetorical Style and Bourgeois Virtue

by Mark Garrett Longaker Penn State University Press (September 04, 2015)

During the British Enlightenment, the correlation between effective communication and moral excellence was undisputed—so much so that rhetoric was taught as a means of instilling desirable values in students....

The Shame of Survival

by Ursula Mahlendorf Penn State University Press (February 19, 2009)

While we now have a great number of testimonials to the horrors of the Holocaust from survivors of that dark episode of twentieth-century history, rare are the accounts of what growing up in Nazi Germany was...

Warfare and the Miraculous in the Chronicles of the First Crusade

by Elizabeth Lapina Penn State University Press (July 31, 2015)

In Warfare and the Miraculous in the Chronicles of the First Crusade, Elizabeth Lapina examines a variety of these chronicles, written both by participants in the crusade and by those who stayed behind. Her...

Rage and Denials

by Branko Mitrovic Penn State University Press (August 21, 2015)

In Rage and Denials, philosopher and architectural historian Branko Mitrović examines in detail the historiography of art and architecture in the twentieth century, with a focus on the debate between the understanding...

Vision, the Gaze, and the Function of the Senses in “Celestina”

by James F. Burke Penn State University Press (December 02, 2000)

The plot of the late-medieval Spanish work Celestina (1499) centers on the ill-fated love of Calisto and Melibea and the fascinating character of their intermediary, Celestina. In this ground-breaking rereading...

Kafka's Narrative Theater

by James Rolleston Penn State University Press (October 01, 1990)

Can one speak of Kafka's heroes as "characters"? If so, why is it so hard to define their characteristics? If not, how is the reader persuaded to accompany them on their existential journeys, accepting their...

Literary Translation in Russia

by Maurice Friedberg Penn State University Press (January 07, 1997)

In this rich historical study, Maurice Friedberg recounts the impact of translation on the Russian literary process. In tracing the explosion of literary translation in nineteenth-century Russia, Friedberg determines...

Religious Routes to Gladstonian Liberalism

by Jacob Ellens Penn State University Press (August 30, 1994)

This book, covering the period 1832 to 1868, describes how the so-called "church rates" controversy contributed to the rise of a secular liberal state in England and Wales. The church rate was an ancient tax...

Gothic Feminism

by Diane Long Hoeveler Penn State University Press (October 09, 1998)

As British women writers in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries sought to define how they experienced their era's social and economic upheaval, they helped popularize a new style of bourgeois...

In a Defiant Stance

by John P. Reid Penn State University Press (October 01, 1990)

The minimum of violence accompanying the success of the American Revolution resulted in large part, argues this book, from the conditions of law the British allowed in the American colonies. By contrast, Ireland's...

Rewriting Magic

by Claire Fanger Penn State University Press (April 13, 2015)

In Rewriting Magic, Claire Fanger explores a fourteenth-century text called The Flowers of Heavenly Teaching. Written by a Benedictine monk named John of Morigny, the work all but disappeared from the historical...

Swedish Mentality

by Åke Daun Penn State University Press (December 20, 1995)

Is there a distinctly Swedish national character? Are Swedes truly shy, unemotional, conflict-avoiding, melancholy, and dour? Swedish Mentality, the English translation of the hugely successful book published...

The Soviet Scholar-Bureaucrat

by George M. Enteen Penn State University Press (January 01, 1978)

Mikhail Nikolaevich bridges 19th- and 20th-century Russian culture as well as Leninism and Stalinism, and later became an instrument in Khrushchev's effort at de-Stalinization. Pokrovskii was born in Moscow...

The Tempietto del Clitunno near Spoleto

by Judson Emerick Penn State University Press (October 23, 1998)

This is the first full-length study of the enigmatic Early Medieval chapel near the river Clitunno in central Umbria. Judson Emerick makes the Tempietto del Clitunno, a celebrated art-historical test case, the...

Killing Detente

by Anne Cahn Penn State University Press (August 21, 1998)

Killing Detente tells the story of a major episode of intelligence intervention in politics in the mid-1970s that led to the derailing of detente between the Soviet Union and the United States and to the resurgence...

Forbidden Rites

by Richard Kieckhefer Penn State University Press (February 27, 1998)

Preserved in the Bavarian State Library in Munich is a manuscript that few scholars have noticed and that no one in modern times has treated with the seriousness it deserves. Forbidden Rites consists of an edition...

Friendship and Politics in Post-Revolutionary France

by Sarah Horowitz Penn State University Press (January 02, 2014)

In Friendship and Politics in Post-Revolutionary France, Sarah Horowitz brings together the political and cultural history of post-revolutionary France to illuminate how French society responded to and recovered...

Remarks on Architecture

by Ignacy Potocki & Carolyn C. Guile Penn State University Press (May 26, 2015)

At the end of the eighteenth century, the authors of Poland’s 3 May 1791 Constitution became the heirs to a defunct state whose territory had been partitioned by Russia, Prussia, and Austria. At this moment...

Status, Power, and Identity in Early Modern France

by Jonathan Dewald Penn State University Press (March 31, 2015)

In Status, Power, and Identity in Early Modern France, Jonathan Dewald explores European aristocratic society by looking closely at one of its most prominent families. The Rohan were rich, powerful, and respected,...

A Time of Sifting

by Paul Peucker Penn State University Press (May 19, 2015)

At the end of the 1740s, the Moravians, a young and rapidly expanding radical-Pietist movement, experienced a crisis soon labeled the Sifting Time. As Moravian leaders attempted to lead the church away from...

Sacred Plunder

by David M. Perry Penn State University Press (February 13, 2015)

In Sacred Plunder, David Perry argues that plundered relics, and narratives about them, played a central role in shaping the memorial legacy of the Fourth Crusade and the development of Venice’s civic identity...

Animal Companions

by Ingrid H. Tague Penn State University Press (April 20, 2015)

Although pets existed in Europe long before the eighteenth century, the dominant belief was that pet keeping was at best frivolous and at worst downright dangerous. In Animal Companions, Ingrid Tague explores...

Kant and the Promise of Rhetoric

by Scott R. Stroud Penn State University Press (August 28, 2014)

Immanuel Kant is rarely connected to rhetoric by those who study philosophy or the rhetorical tradition. If anything, Kant is said to see rhetoric as mere manipulation and as not worthy of attention. In Kant...

Priests of the French Revolution

by Joseph F. Byrnes Penn State University Press (August 08, 2014)

The 115,000 priests on French territory in 1789 belonged to an evolving tradition of priesthood. The challenge of making sense of the Christian tradition can be formidable in any era, but this was especially...

The Bernward Gospels

by Jennifer P. Kingsley Penn State University Press (January 10, 2014)

Few works of art better illustrate the splendor of eleventh-century painting than the manuscript often referred to as the “precious gospels” of Bishop Bernward of Hildesheim, with its peculiar combination...

Portraiture and Politics in Revolutionary France

by Amy Freund Penn State University Press (June 24, 2014)

Portraiture and Politics in Revolutionary France challenges widely held assumptions about both the genre of portraiture and the political and cultural role of images in France at the beginning of the nineteenth...

Religion Around Shakespeare

by Peter Iver Kaufman Penn State University Press (November 04, 2013)

For years scholars and others have been trying to out Shakespeare as an ardent Calvinist, a crypto-Catholic, a Puritan-baiter, a secularist, or a devotee of some hybrid faith. In Religion Around Shakespeare,...

The Sacrament of Penance and Religious Life in Golden Age Spain

by Patrick J. O'Banion Penn State University Press (October 26, 2012)

The Sacrament of Penance and Religious Life in Golden Age Spain explores the practice of sacramental confession in Spain between roughly 1500 and 1700. One of the most significant points of contact between the...

Magic in the Cloister

by Sophie Page Penn State University Press (October 21, 2013)

During the late thirteenth and early fourteenth centuries a group of monks with occult interests donated what became a remarkable collection of more than thirty magic texts to the library of the Benedictine...

The Transformations of Magic

by Frank Klaassen Penn State University Press (January 02, 2013)

In this original, provocative, well-reasoned, and thoroughly documented book, Frank Klaassen proposes that two principal genres of illicit learned magic occur in late medieval manuscripts: image magic, which...

The Politics of the Provisional

by Richard Taws Penn State University Press (April 08, 2013)

In revolutionary France the life of things could not be assured. War, shortage of materials, and frequent changes in political authority meant that few large-scale artworks or permanent monuments to the Revolution’s...

Melusine; or, The Noble History of Lusignan

by Jean d'Arras, Donald Maddox & Sara Sturm-Maddox Penn State University Press (August 11, 2012)

Jean d’Arras’s splendid prose romance of Melusine, written for Jean de Berry, the brother of King Charles V of France, is one of the most significant and complex literary works of the later Middle Ages....

Neoliberalism, Accountability, and Reform Failures in Emerging Markets

by Luigi Manzetti Penn State University Press (April 02, 2010)

The agenda of neoliberal market reform known as the Washington Consensus, which was meant to turn around the economies of developing and postcommunist countries and provide the bedrock of economic success on...

David Hume

by Mark G. Spencer Penn State University Press (November 15, 2013)

This volume provides a new and nuanced appreciation of David Hume as a historian. Gone for good are the days when one can offhandedly assert, as R. G. Collingwood once did, that Hume “deserted philosophical...