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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...


Ibn Al-Haytham and Analytical Mathematics: A History of Arabic Sciences and Mathematics Volume 2

by Roshdi Rashed

This volume provides a unique primary source on the history and philosophy of mathematics and the exact sciences in the mediaeval Arab world. The second of five comprehensive volumes, this book offers a detailed...


Gonzalo de Berceo and the Latin Miracles of the Virgin: A Translation and a Study

by Patricia Timmons & Robert Boenig

Accessible and useful to students and scholars of medieval and Spanish studies, this is the first English translation of a twelfth-century Latin collection of miracles that Gonzalo de Berceo likely used as the...


Crusader Castles in Cyprus, Greece and the Aegean 1191-1571

by David Nicolle & Adam Hook

Crusader castles and other fortifications in Cyprus, the south-western coast of Turkey, and Greece are among the best examples of late medieval military architecture to be seen in Europe. These important fortifications,...


Perspectives on Public Space in Rome, from Antiquity to the Present Day

by Gregory Smith & Jan Gadeyne

Divided into five chronological sections (Antiquity, Middle Ages, Renaissance, Baroque, Modern and Contemporary) this volume provides readers interested in urban history with a collection of essays on the evolution...


With reference to the sources and relevant secondary literature examine the reasons for the success of the First Crusade.

by Michael Gärtner

Before we can consider the reasons for the success of the First Crusade, we have to first ask

some initial questions that should be kept in mind throughout my essay. To begin with, we

have to raise the question...


Marriage, Sex, and Civic Culture in Late Medieval London

by Shannon McSheffrey

Using extensive evidence from archival documents from both the ecclesiastical court system and the records of city and royal government, as well as advice manuals, chronicles, moral tales, and liturgical texts,...


A Knight's Own Book of Chivalry

by Geoffroi de Charny, Elspeth Kennedy & Richard W. Kaeuper

Composed at the height of the Hundred Years War by Geoffroi de Charny, one of the most respected knights of his age, A Knight's Own Book of Chivalry is an invaluable guide to fourteenth-century knighthood.


A Brief History of King Arthur

by Mike Ashley

Who was the real King Arthur? What do the historical documents tell us about the Knight of the Round Temple? It is just a chivalric fantasy? The story of Arthur has been handed down to us by Medieval poets and...


A Brief History of the Samurai

by Jonathan Clements

From a leading expert in Japanese history, this is one of the first full histories of the art and culture of the Samurai warrior. The Samurai emerged as a warrior caste in Medieval Japan and would have a powerful...