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Out of the East: Spices and the Medieval Imagination

by Paul Freedman

The demand for spices in medieval Europe was extravagant and was reflected in the pursuit of fashion, the formation of taste, and the growth of luxury trade. It inspired geographical and commercial exploration...


An Atlas of Northamptonshire: The Medieval and Early-Modern Landscape

by Tracey Partida, David Hall & Glenn Foard

An Atlas of Northamptonshire presents an historical atlas of the greater part of Northamptonshire (the first quarter having been published as An Atlas of Rockingham Forest). It presents in map form the results...


Wounds in the Middle Ages

by Anne Kirkham & Cordelia Warr

This book focuses on the representation, perception and treatment of wounds in the Middle Ages. Contributors situate wounds within the context of religious belief before turning to theory, symbolism, and more...


Forces of the Hanseatic League: 13th-15th Centuries

by David Nicolle & Gerry Embleton

The famous but largely unchronicled Hanseatic League (or simple "the Hanse/Hansa") was a Tuetonic German commercial and defensive federation of merchant guilds based in harbor towns along the North Sea and Baltic...


The Knight Who Saved England: William Marshal and the French Invasion, 1217

by Richard Brooks

This is the fascinating story William Marshal who negotiated the brutal realities of medieval warfare and the conflicting demands of chivalric ideals, and who against the odds defeated the joint French and...


Liturgy and Society in Early Medieval Rome

by John F. Romano

The liturgy, the public worship of the Catholic Church, was crucial in forging the society of early medieval Rome, in that it oriented Roman society to God and fostered the dominance of the clergy. This study...


Communities of Violence: Persecution of Minorities in the Middle Ages

by David Nirenberg

In the wake of modern genocide, we tend to think of violence against minorities as a sign of intolerance, or, even worse, a prelude to extermination. Violence in the Middle Ages, however, functioned differently,...


Medieval Jewish Civilization: An Encyclopedia

by Norman Roth

This is the first encyclopedic work to focus exclusively on medieval Jewish civilization, from the fall of the Roman Empire to about 1492. The more than 150 alphabetically organized entries, written by scholars...


Crop Protection in Medieval Agriculture: Studies in pre-modern organic agriculture

by Jan C. Zadoks

Mediterranean and West European pre-modern agriculture (agriculture before 1600) was by necessity 'organic agriculture'. Crop protection is part and parcel of this agriculture, with weed control in the forefront....


Byzantine Matters

by Averil Cameron

For many of us, Byzantium remains “byzantine”—obscure, marginal, difficult. Despite the efforts of some recent historians, prejudices still deform popular and scholarly understanding of the Byzantine civilization,...


Thomas Aquinas's "Summa theologiae": A Biography

by Bernard McGinn

This concise book tells the story of the most important theological work of the Middle Ages, the vast Summa theologiae of Thomas Aquinas, which holds a unique place in Western religion and philosophy. Written...


The Muslim Discovery of Europe

by Bernard Lewis

"Full of rare and exact information.... A distinguished work."—New York Review of Books The eleventh-century Muslim world was a great civilization while Europe lay slumbering in the Dark Ages. Slowly, inevitably,...


Cross and Scepter: The Rise of the Scandinavian Kingdoms from the Vikings to the Reformation

by Sverre Bagge

Christianity and European-style monarchy—the cross and the scepter—were introduced to Scandinavia in the tenth century, a development that was to have profound implications for all of Europe. Cross and Scepter...


People of the First Crusade: The Truth About the Christian-Muslim War Revealed

by Michael Foss

Near the end of the eleventh century, Western Europe was in turmoil, beset by invasions from both north and south, by the breakdown of law and order, and by the laxity and ignorance of the clergy. Searching...


By Sword and Fire: Cruelty And Atrocity In Medieval Warfare

by Sean McGlynn

Sean McGlynn investigates the reality of medieval warfare. For all the talk of chivalry, medieval warfare routinely involved acts which we would consider war crimes. Lands laid waste, civilians slaughtered,...


Poetry and Identity in Quattrocento Naples

by Matteo Soranzo

Using five case studies set in fifteenth-century Naples, Poetry and Identity in Quattrocento Naples investigates how early modern poets used poetry to negotiate their cultural identity in a field of options...


Religion, Politics and Society in Britain, 800-1066

by A E Redgate

Using a comparative and broad perspective, Religion, Politics and Society in Britain 800-1066 draws on archaeology, art history, material culture, texts from charms to chronicles, from royal law-codes to sermons...


The Normans in South Wales, 1070-1171

by Lynn H. Nelson

A frontier has been called "an area inviting entrance." For the Norman invaders of England the Welsh peninsula was such an area. Fertile forested lowlands invited agricultural occupation; a fierce but primitive...


Illuminated Manuscripts

by Jp. A. Calosse, Jp. A. Calosse, Tamara Waronowa & Andrej Sterligow

Those who have had the chance to hold a medieval manuscript in their hands cannot fail to have been impressed by the feeling of being in touch with a long-passed epoch. Back when a book was a true handicraft...


Blood Royal: A True Tale of Crime and Detection in Medieval Paris

by Eric Jager

A riveting true story of murder and detection in 15th-century Paris, by one of the most brilliant medievalists of his generation.

On a chilly November night in 1407, Louis of Orleans was murdered by a band of...