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Clerical Celibacy in the West: c.1100-1700

by Helen Parish

The issue of clerical celibacy has played a long and profound role in the history of the Christian church. From the first Christian centuries to the present day, the question of whether clergy should be allowed...


Feud, Violence and Practice: Essays in Medieval Studies in Honor of Stephen D. White

by Belle S. Tuten & Tracey L. Billado

This collection presents an innovative series of essays about the medieval culture of feud and violence. Featuring both prominent senior and younger scholars from the United States and Europe, the contributions...


Vengeance in the Middle Ages: Emotion, Religion and Feud

by Susanna A. Throop & Paul R. Hyams

Incorporating tools borrowed from anthropology, the study of emotion, and modern social and literary theories, these studies balance the traditional literature available on medieval feuding with an exploration...


Christian Mysticism: An Introduction to Contemporary Theoretical Approaches

by Louise Nelstrop & with Kevin Magill

This book introduces students to Christian mysticism and modern critical responses to it. Christianity has a rich tradition of mystical theology that first emerged in the writings of the early church fathers,...


Outlaws in Medieval and Early Modern England: Crime, Government and Society, c.1066-c.1600

by John C. Appleby & Paul Dalton

With some notable exceptions the subject of outlawry in medieval and early modern English history has attracted relatively little scholarly attention. This volume helps to address this significant gap in scholarship,...


The Medieval Account Books of the Mercers of London: An Edition and Translation

by Lisa Jefferson

As the premier livery company, the Mercers Company in medieval England enjoyed a prominent role in London's governance and exercised much influence over England's overseas trade and political interests. This...


Dreambooks in Byzantium: Six Oneirocritica in Translation, with Commentary and Introduction

by Steven M. Oberhelman

Dreambooks in Byzantium offers the first English translation with commentary of six of the seven extant Byzantine oneirocritica-manuals on the interpretation of dreams. Dreams permeated all aspects of Byzantine...


Mozarabs in Medieval and Early Modern Spain: Identities and Influences

by Richard Hitchcock

This volume explores the co-existence of Christianity and Islam on the Iberian Peninsula during the Middle Ages- the official religions of Muslim al-Andalus on the one hand, and the Christian kingdoms in the...


The Hospitallers, the Mediterranean and Europe: Festschrift for Anthony Luttrell

by Karl Borchardt & Nikolas Jaspert

Modern study of the Hospitallers, of other military-religious orders and of their activities both in the Mediterranean and in Europe has been deeply influenced by Anthony Luttrell. To mark his 75th birthday...


The Chronicle of Hugh of Flavigny: Reform and the Investiture Contest in the Late Eleventh Century

by Patrick Healy

This book is a detailed study of Hugh of Flavigny and his chronicle, which is widely recognised as one of the most important narratives of a crucial period of European history, the Investiture Contest. Hugh's...


Burgesses and Burgess Law in the Latin Kingdoms of Jerusalem and Cyprus (1099-1325)

by Marwan Nader

This is the first book devoted to the study of burgesses in the Latin Kingdoms of Jerusalem and Cyprus (1099-1325). It offers a comprehensive assessment of the contributions made by the non-feudal class to the...


Plenitude of Power: The Doctrines and Exercise of Authority in the Middle Ages: Essays in Memory of Robert Louis Benson

by Robert C. Figueira

'I study power' - so Robert Louis Benson described his work as a scholar of medieval history. This volume unites papers by a number of his students dealing with matters central to Benson's historical interests...


The Gesta Tancredi of Ralph of Caen: A History of the Normans on the First Crusade

by Bernard S. Bachrach & David S. Bachrach

This is the first translation into English of Ralph of Caen's Gesta Tancredi. The text provides an important narrative of the First Crusade and its immediate aftermath, covering the period 1096-1105. The work...


Day of Reckoning: Power and Accountability in Medieval France

by Robert F. Berkhofer III

Day of Reckoning: Power and Accountability in Medieval France applies recent approaches to literacy, legal studies, memory, ritual, and the manorial economy to reexamine the transformation of medieval power....


The Saint and the Sultan: The Crusades, Islam, and Francis of Assisi's Mission of Peace

by Paul Moses

An intriguing examination of the extraordinary–and little known meeting between St. Francis of Assisi and Islamic leader Sultan Malik Al-Kamil that has strong resonance in today's divided world.

For many of...


Florence and Its Church in the Age of Dante

by George W. Dameron

Reveals the role of the church in Florence's rise to wealth and power in the fourteenth century.


Righteous Persecution: Inquisition, Dominicans, and Christianity in the Middle Ages

by Christine Caldwell Ames

Inquisitors from the Order of Preachers, or Dominicans, crafted and promoted Christian meanings for their persecution of heresy in medieval Europe. With a mixture of existing religious beliefs, new interpretations,...


Mediaeval Islamic Historiography and Political Legitimacy: Bal'ami's Tarikhnamah

by Andrew Peacock

The Tarikhnamah is a history of the world and the oldest surviving work of Persian prose. This book examines it as a political and cultural document and why it became such an influential work in the Islamic...


On the Medieval Origins of the Modern State

by Joseph R. Strayer, William Chester Jordan & Charles Tilly

The modern state, however we conceive of it today, is based on a pattern that emerged in Europe in the period from 1100 to 1600. Written from the experience of a lifetime of teaching and research in the field,...


The Cistercians in the Middle Ages

by Janet Burton & Julie Kerr

The Cistercians (White Monks) were the most successful monastic experiment to emerge from the tumultuous intellectual and religious fervour of the eleventh and twelfth centuries. By around 1150 they had established...