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Beyond the Northlands

God's Armies: Crusade and Jihad: Origins, History, Aftermath

by Malcolm Lambert

With ramifications on geopolitics today, a vivid chronicle of the Christian and Islamic struggle to control the sacred places of Palestine and the Middle East between the seventh and thirteenth centuries. Crusade...

The Penguin Book of the Undead: Fifteen Hundred Years of Supernatural Encounters

by Scott G. Bruce

The dead live again in this haunting compendium of ghostly visitations through the ages, exploring the history of our fascination with zombies and other restless souls.


Since ancient times, accounts of supernatural...


by John Haywood

From Finland to Newfoundland and Jelling to Jerusalem, follow in the wake of the Vikings—a transformative story of a people that begins with paganism and ends in Christendom.

In AD 800, the Scandinavians were...

The Vikings

by Rene Chartrand, Keith Durham, Mark Harrison & Ian Heath

The history of the Vikings is bloody and eventful, and Viking warriors capture the popular imagination to this day. They made history, establishing the dukedom of Normandy, providing the Byzantine Emperors'...

On Being and Cognition

The High History of the Holy Grail

by Sebastian Evans

The original Book of the Grail was written early in the 13th century, but only fragments of the manuscript survive. Originally titled The High History of the Holy Graal, this book was compiled in 1866 from a...

Warriors, Warlords and Saints: The Anglo-Saxon Kingdom of Mercia

by John Hunt

Anglo-Saxon Mercia was a great power in its day, although many aspects of it have been shrouded in myth and mystery. However, recent discoveries, such as the Staffordshire Hoard and the Lichfield Angel, have...

The Fifth Crusade in Context: The Crusading Movement in the Early Thirteenth Century

by E.J. Mylod, Guy Perry & Thomas W. Smith

The Fifth Crusade represented a cardinal event in early thirteenth-century history, occurring during what was probably the most intensive period of crusading in both Europe and the Holy Land. Following the controversial...

Crusading at the Edges of Europe: Denmark and Portugal c.1000 - c.1250

by Kurt Villads Jensen

This book is the first to compare Denmark and Portugal systematically in the High Middle Ages and demonstrates how the two countries became strong kingdoms and important powers internationally by their participation...

Anna Komnene

An Anglo-Saxon Cemetry at Collingbourne Ducis, Wiltshire

by Kirsten Egging Dinwiddy & Nick Stoodley

Excavations at Collingbourne Ducis revealed almost the full extent of a late 5th-7th century cemetery first recorded in 1974, providing one of the largest samples of burial remains from Anglo-Saxon Wiltshire....

Rome Seizes the Trident: The Defeat of Carthaginian Seapower and the Forging of the Roman Empire

by Marc G DeSantis

Seapower played a greater part in ancient empire building than is often appreciated. The Punic Wars, especially the first, were characterized by massive naval battles. The Romans did not even possess a navy...

The Gempei War 1180–85

by Stephen Turnbull & Giuseppe Rava

Internationally renowned samurai expert Dr Stephen Turnbull delves into a pivotal era of Japanese history in this highly illustrated account of The Gempei War a conflict that defined the age and the ethos of...

The Age of Charles Martel

by Paul Fouracre

First glorified as the Saviour of Christendom and then vilified as an enemy of the Church, Charles Martel's career has been written and rewritten from the time of his descendents. This important new study draws...

The Crusader States and their Neighbours: 1098-1291

by P.M. Holt

The book will be welcome for tackling the Crusades from a fresh but important angle; the relations of the Crusader states with their neighbours, both Christian (the Byzantines) and, especially, Islamic â€"...

A History of the Muslim World since 1260: The Making of a Global Community

by Vernon O. Egger

The history of the predominantly Muslim world is examined within the context of world history. It examines political, economic, and broad cultural developments, as well as specifically religious ones. The themes...

Magna Carta

by Ralph Turner

This new history is the first to tell the story of Magna Carta 'through the ages'. No other general work traces its continuing importance in England's political consciousness.  Many books have examined the...

Hospitaller Piety and Crusader Propaganda: Guillaume Caoursin's Description of the Ottoman Siege of Rhodes, 1480

by Theresa M. Vann & Donald J. Kagay

Guillaume Caoursin, the Vice-chancellor of the Order of the Hospital, wrote the Obsidionis Rhodiae urbis descriptio (Description of the Siege of Rhodes) as the official record of the Ottoman siege of the Knights...

Identities and Allegiances in the Eastern Mediterranean after 1204

by Guillaume Saint-Guillain & Judith Herrin

This volume of studies explores a particularly complex period in Byzantine history, the thirteenth century, from the Fourth Crusade to the recapture of Constantinople by exiled leaders from Nicaea. During this...