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Illuminating the Border of French and Flemish Manuscripts, 1270-1310

by Lisa Moore Hunt

This study first examines the marginal repertoire in two well-known manuscripts, the Psalter of Guy de Dampierre and an Arthurian Romance, within their material and codicological contexts. This repertoire then...


Nothing Natural Is Shameful: Sodomy and Science in Late Medieval Europe

by Joan Cadden

In medieval Europe, where theologians saw sin, some natural philosophers saw a phenomenon in need of explanation. They believed some men were born with homosexual inclinations and others acquired them as habits...


From Norman Conquest to Magna Carta: England 1066 1215

by Christopher Daniell

Using a combination of original sources and sharp analysis, this book is sheds new light on a crucial period in England's development. From Norman Conquest to Magna Carta is a wide-ranging history of England...


Debating the Roman de La Rose: A Critical Anthology

by Christine McWebb

Around the year 1400, the poet Christine de Pizan initiated a public debate in France over the literary "truth" and merit of the Roman of the Rose, perhaps the most renowned work of the French Middle Ages. She...


Through the Daemon's Gate: Kepler's Somnium Medieval Dream Narratives and the Polysemy of Allegorical Motifs: Kepler's Somnium, Medieval Dream Narrati

by Dean Swinford

This book tells the story of the early modern astronomer Johannes Kepler's Somnium, which has been regarded by science historians and literary critics alike as the first true example of science fiction. Kepler...


Medieval Tailor's Assistant: Making Common Garments 1200-1500

by Sarah Thursfield

A comprehensive guide to making period clothes for re-enactment, living history or theatre. From establishing the date of your outfit, defining the wearer and selecting garments, to measurements, patterns, materials,...


Bannockburn 1314: A New History

by Chris Brown

Bannockburn 1314 is a history of the most celebrated battle between Scotland and England, in which a mere 7,000 followers of Robert the Bruce defeated more than 15,000 of Edward II's troops. The Battle of Bannockburn,...


The Woodvilles: The Wars of the Roses and England's Most Infamous Family

by Susan Higginbotham

In 1464, the most eligible bachelor in England, Edward IV, stunned the nation by revealing his secret marriage to Elizabeth Woodville, a beautiful, impoverished widow whose father and brother Edward himself...


Armies of the Volga Bulgars & Khanate of Kazan: 9th-16th centuries

by Viacheslav Shpakovsky & Gerry Embleton

Facing off against Byzantines, Arabs, Vikings, Turks, Mongols, and Russians, this steppe culture dominated Black Sea and Caucasus trade during Medieval times.

The Bulgars were a Turkic people who established...


Approaches to the Byzantine Family

by Leslie Brubaker & Shaun Tougher

The study of the family is one of the major lacunas in Byzantine Studies. Angeliki Laiou remarked in 1989 that 'the study of the Byzantine family is still in its infancy', and this assertion remains true today....


Medieval and Renaissance Lactations: Images, Rhetorics, Practices

by Jutta Gisela Sperling

The premise of this volume is that the ubiquity of lactation imagery in early modern visual culture and the discourse on breastfeeding in humanist, religious, medical, and literary writings is a distinct cultural...


Middle-Class Writing in Late Medieval London

by Malcolm Richardson

Richardson explores how a powerful culture of writing was created in late medieval London, even though initially few inhabitants could actually write themselves. Whilst previous studies have tended to focus...


In the Steps of the Black Prince: The Road to Poitiers, 1355-1356

by Peter Hoskins

In 1355 the Black Prince took an army to Bordeaux and embarked on two chevauchées (mounted military expeditions, generally characterised by the devastation of the surrounding towns and countryside), which culminated...


Heresy and the Making of European Culture: Medieval and Modern Perspectives

by Andrew P. Roach & James R. Simpson

Scholars and analysts looking for the roots of the extraordinary creativity and innovation found in Europe from the Middle Ages have thus far neglected the important role of religious heresy. The papers collected...


Norman Expansion: Connections, Continuities and Contrasts

by Keith J. Stringer & Andrew Jotischky

In the eleventh and twelfth centuries the Normans had a formative influence on the development of states and societies in the British Isles, southern Italy and the Levant. Their achievements still resonate powerfully...


Caffaro, Genoa and the Twelfth-Century Crusades

by Martin Hall & Jonathan Phillips

This volume is the first comprehensive English translation, with a substantial introduction and notes, of the writings of Caffaro of Genoa, as well as related texts and documents on Genoa and the crusades. The...


The Concise History of the Crusades

by Thomas F. Madden

What is the relationship between the medieval crusades and the problems of the modern Middle East? Were the crusades the Christian equivalent of Muslim jihad? In this sweeping yet crisp history, Thomas F. Madden...


Medieval Memories: Men, Women and the Past, 700-1300

by Elizabeth Van-Houts

Who, exactly, was responsible for the preservation of knowledge about the past? How did people preserve their recollections and pass them on to the next generation? Did they write them down or did they hand...


The Medieval World

by Peter Linehan & Janet L. Nelson

This groundbreaking collection brings the Middle Ages to life and conveys the distinctiveness of this diverse, constantly changing period. Thirty-eight scholars bring together one medieval world from many disparate...


Cultural Difference and Material Culture in Middle English Romance: Normans and Saxons

by Dominique Battles

This book explores how the cultural distinctions and conflicts between Anglo-Saxons and Normans originating with the Norman Conquest of 1066 prevailed well into the fourteenth century and are manifest in a significant...