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Inquisition and Power: Catharism and the Confessing Subject in Medieval Languedoc

by John H. Arnold

What should historians do with the words of the dead? Inquisition and Power reformulates the historiography of heresy and the inquisition by focusing on depositions taken from the Cathars, a religious sect that...


Medieval Mysteries: A Guide to History, Lore, Places and Symbolism

by Karen Ralls

Journey into twelve of the world’s favorite medieval mysteries and cross the threshold into the world of the High Middle Ages. From Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales to Umberto Eco’s Name of the Rose to Dan Brown’s...


The Second Barons' War: Simon de Montfort and the Battles of Lewes and Evesham

by John Sadler

For two years in the mid-thirteenth century England was torn by a bloody civil war between the king and his nobles. For a short time, the country came close to unseating the monarchy, and the outcome changed...


1066 - The Battles of York, Stamford Bridge and Hastings

by Peter Marren

If ever there was a year of destiny for the British Isles, 066 must have a strong claim. King Harold faced invasion not just from William and the Normans across the English Channel but from the Dane, King Harald...


St Cuthbert's Corpse: A Life After Death

by David Willem

The miracle of St Cuthbert's incorrupt corpse has been the subject of much fascination since his death over thirteen-hundred years ago, inspiring pilgrims, monks, and even the construction of Durham Cathedral...


Life in a Medieval Monastery: The Monks of Durham Cathedral

by Anne Boyd

A fascinating glimpse into the world of Medieval Monasticism.

Durham Cathedral is one of the most complete sets of monastic buildings in Europe, housing clues to the life of a prominent and thriving medieval...


Cathedral, Forge, and  Waterwheel: Technology and Invention in the Middle Ages

by Joseph Gies & Frances Gies

An illuminating look at the monumental inventions of the Middle Ages, by the authors of Life in a Medieval Castle.


A Medieval Family

by Frances Gies & Joseph Gies

The Pastons family of Norfolk, England, has long been known to medieval scholars for its large collection of personal correspondence, which has survived five centuries. Revealing a wealth of information about...


Three Golden Ages: Discovering the Creative Secrets of Renaissance Florence, Elizabethan England, and America's Founding

by Alf J. Mapp

In this intriguing book, best-selling author Alf Mapp, Jr. explores three periods in Western history that exploded with creativity: Elizabethan England, Renaissance Florence, and America's founding. What enabled...


Letters from the East: Crusaders, Pilgrims and Settlers in the 12th-13th Centuries

by Malcolm Barber & Keith Bate

This volume presents translations of a selection of the letters sent by crusaders and pilgrims from Asia Minor, Syria and Palestine. There are accounts of all the great events from the triumph of the capture...


Life in a Medieval Castle

by Joseph Gies & Frances Gies

"The authors allow medieval man and woman to speak for themselves through selections from past journals, songs, even account books."--Time


The Knight in History

by Frances Gies

"A carefully researched, concise, readable, and entertaining account of an institution that remains a part of the Western imagination."--Los Angeles Times


A Companion & Guide to the Wars of the Roses

by Peter Bramley

The Wars of the Roses (1455-85) saw the end of Plantagenet rule in England and Wales, and the accession of the Tudor dynasty to the throne. It is sometimes seen as the end of the Middle Ages in England, and...


The Military Orders: Volume 5: Politics and Power

by Peter W. Edbury

The thirty-eight papers published here represent a selection of those delivered at the Fifth International Conference on the Military Orders. Three deal with recent archaeological investigations at the Hospitaller...


Envisioning Experience in Late Antiquity and the Middle Ages: Dynamic Patterns in Texts and Images

by Giselle de Nie & Thomas F.X. Noble

These six essays seek to uncover the dynamic patterns in verbal and pictorial images and to evaluate their potentialities and limitations. Thematically ordered, the essays begin with material images and move...


Shipping, Trade and Crusade in the Medieval Mediterranean: Studies in Honour of John Pryor

by Ruthy Gertwagen & Elizabeth Jeffreys

The cutting-edge papers in this collection come from some of the most distinguished practitioners world-wide in the fields of Crusading history and the maritime history of the medieval Mediterranean. Issues...


Pope Alexander III (1159-81): The Art of Survival

by Peter D. Clarke & Anne J. Duggan

Alexander III's papacy marked a significant watershed in the history of the Western Church and society. This book provides a long overdue reassessment of his papacy and his achievements, bringing together thirteen...


Manure Matters: Historical, Archaeological and Ethnographic Perspectives

by Richard Jones

In pre-industrial societies in which the majority of the population lived directly off the land, few issues were more important than the maintenance of soil fertility. Manure really mattered, as without access...


The Hypotyposis of the Monastery of the Theotokos Evergetis, Constantinople (11th-12th Centuries): Introduction, Translation and Commentary

by R. H. Jordan & Rosemary Morris

This book forms part of the Evergetis Project, which aims to investigate all surviving texts associated with the Theotokos Evergetis Monastery near Constantinople (founded 1049). Together with an English translation...


Bede and the End of Time

by Peter Darby

Bede (c. 673-735) was the leading intellectual figure of the Anglo-Saxon Church, and his writings had a profound influence on the development of English Christian thought. Taking account of his beliefs about...