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Rodrigo Borgia’s Rose

by Michela Martignoni & Elena Martignoni

A woman lies waiting for a new lover. Covered with nothing but rose petals, her body is exposed for pleasure: his and hers. The woman is Vannozza Cattanei, long-time mistress of a pope, matriarch of the Borgias,...


Constantius II: Usurpers, Eunuchs and the Antichrist

by Peter Crawford

The reign of Constantius II has been overshadowed by that of his titanic father, Constantine the Great, and his cousin and successor, the pagan Julian. However, as Peter Crawford shows, Constantius deserves...


Medievalia et Humanistica, No. 42: Studies in Medieval and Renaissance Culture: New Series

by Nina Tomaszewski, Reinhold F. Glei & Maik Goth

Since its founding, Medievalia et Humanistica has won worldwide recognition as the first scholarly publication in America to devote itself entirely to medieval and Renaissance studies. Volume 42 showcases the...


Europe After Wyclif

The Vikings: The Story of a People

by Njord Kane

The story of the Norse is a Viking adventure in history. 

The Norse saga began with the first ancient tribes of Norsemen during the Early Nordic Stone Age. The beginning of the Nordic Ax Culture when primitive...


Beyond the Northlands

Aethelred: The Unready

by Levi Roach

An imaginative reassessment of Æthelred "the Unready," one of medieval England’s most maligned kings and a major Anglo-Saxon figure

The Anglo-Saxon king Æthelred "the Unready" (978–1016) has


The Vikings: The Story of a People

by Njord Kane

The story of the Norse is a Viking adventure in history.

The Norse saga began with the first ancient tribes of Norsemen during the Early Nordic Stone Age. The beginning of the Nordic Ax Culture when primitive...


William the Conqueror

by David Bates

Fifteen years in the making, a landmark reinterpretation of the life of a pivotal figure in British and European history

In this magisterial addition to the Yale English Monarchs series, David Bates combines...


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 walking dead from 15 centuries haunt this compendium of ghostly visitations through the ages, exploring the history of our fascination with zombies and other restless souls.

 

Since ancient times, accounts...


Northmen

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....