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The Archaeology of Early Medieval Ireland

by Nancy Edwards

In the first major work on the subject for over 30 years, Nancy Edwards provides a critical survey of the archaeological evidence in Ireland (c. 400-1200), introducing material from many recently discovered...


Fifty Key Medieval Thinkers

by G.R. Evans

Focusing on individuals whose ideas shaped intellectual life between 400 and 1500, this book is an accessible guide to those religious, philosophical and political concepts central to the medieval worldview....


A Social History of Disability in the Middle Ages: Cultural Considerations of Physical Impairment

by Irina Metzler

What was it like to be disabled in the Middle Ages? How did people become disabled? Did welfare support exist? This book discusses social and cultural factors affecting the lives of medieval crippled, deaf,...


Divorce in Medieval England: From One to Two Persons in Law

by Sara M. Butler

Divorce in Medieval England is intended to reorient scholarly perceptions concerning divorce in the medieval period. Divorce, as we think of it today, is usually considered to be a modern invention. This book...


Dungeon, Fire and Sword: The Knights Templar in the Crusades

by John J. Robinson

Dungeon, Fire and Sword is a good book for all who enjoy a well-written, well-researched story of stupidity, greed, barbarity, unspeakable cruelty, deception, fraud, treachery and sanctimony... John J. Robinson...


Lost Letters of Medieval Life: English Society, 1200-1250

by Martha Carlin & David Crouch

Drawn from two medieval collections of form letters for all manner of business and personal affairs, Lost Letters of Medieval Life depicts early thirteenth-century England through the everyday correspondence...


Dragonslayers: From Beowulf to St. George

by Joseph Mccullough & Peter Dennis

From legend and mythology to The Hobbit and A Game of Thrones, the dragon is a perennial favorite in the fantasy genre.

With its fiery breath, scaly armour, and baleful, malevolent stare, the dragon became the...


Unrivalled Influence: Women and Empire in Byzantium

by Judith Herrin

Unrivalled Influence explores the exceptional roles that women played in the vibrant cultural and political life of medieval Byzantium. Written by one of the world's foremost historians of the Byzantine millennium,...


Margins and Metropolis: Authority across the Byzantine Empire

by Judith Herrin

This volume explores the political, cultural, and ecclesiastical forces that linked the metropolis of Byzantium to the margins of its far-flung empire. Focusing on the provincial region of Hellas and Peloponnesos...


Entering a Clerical Career at the Roman Curia, 1458-1471

by Kirsi Salonen & Jussi Hanska

Building on recent revisionist histories of the quality and ability of the late medieval clergy, this is a comprehensive survey of the ordinations of priests at the Roman curia during the pontificates of Pius...


Bridging the Medieval-Modern Divide: Medieval Themes in the World of the Reformation

by James Muldoon

Covering a broad range of topics - encompassing legal, social, cultural, theological and political history - the volume asks fundamental questions about how we regard history, and what historians can learn from...


The Good Women of the Parish: Gender and Religion After the Black Death

by Katherine L. French

French argues that medieval laywomen both coped with the chaotic changes following the plague and justified their own changing behavior by participating in local religion. Through active engagement in the parish...


The History of the Conquest of Mexico: (A Modern Library E-Book)

by William H. Prescott & James Lockhart

"It is a magnificent epic," said William H. Prescott after the publication of History of the Conquest of Mexico in 1843. Since then, his sweeping account of Cortés's subjugation of the Aztec people has endured...


The A to Z of the Crusades

by Corliss K. Slack

This one-volume overview provides an accessible reference work for scholars, students, and general readers on the period with numerous entries on key persons, places, events, battles and sieges, use of weapons...


Saracen Strongholds Ad 630-1050: The Middle East and Central Asia

by David Nicolle & Adam Hook

The Islamic world developed its own highly sophisticated, effective and varied style of fortification. It drew upon pre-existing Romano-Byzantine, Iranian, Central Asian and Indian traditions of military architecture,...


Scottish Baronial Castles 1250-1450

by Michael Brown & Adam Hook

Devastated by the civil wars of the 17th century or by the neglect and deliberate destruction of their owners who saw them as archaic and barbaric, the vast majority of Scottish baronial castles built between...


English Castles 1200-1300

by Christopher Gravett & Adam Hook

The simple castles raised after the Norman conquest had been developed throughout 11th and 12th centuries, whilst the introduction of Islamic and Byzantine fortification techniques from the late 12th century...


Tannenberg 1410: Disaster for the Teutonic Knights

by Stephen Turnbull & Richard Hook

By 1400 the long running conflict between the Order of Teutonic Knights and Poland and Lithuania was coming to a head, partly as a result of the Order’s meddling in the internal politics of its neighbours....


William Wallace

by James Mackay

Sir William Wallace of Ellerslie is one of history's greatest heroes, but also one of its greatest enigmas - a shadowy figure whose edges have been blurred by myth and legend. Even the date and place of his...


Mary Queen of Scots

by James Mackay

In My End Is My Beginning is the story of Mary Queen of Scots (1542-87), the tragic heroine par excellence. Queen of an unfamiliar and troubled nation when she was a week old, it was her misfortune to be a pawn...