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The Other Friars: The Carmelite, Augustinian, Sack and Pied Friars in the Middle Ages

by Frances Andrews

In 1274 the Council of Lyons decreed the end of various 'new orders' of Mendicants which had emerged during the great push for evangelism and poverty in the thirteenth-century Latin Church. The Franciscans and...


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: 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...


Beatific Enjoyment in Medieval Scholastic Debates: The Complex Legacy of Saint Augustine and Peter Lombard

by Severin Kitanov

Beatific Enjoyment in Medieval Scholastic Debates traces the reception of Saint Augustine’s concept of beatific enjoyment (fruitio beatifica) in Peter Lombard’s Sentences. It identifies the main themes and...


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...


The Extinction Club: A Neo-Noir Thriller

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,...


Archaeology and Architecture of the Military Orders: New Studies

by Mathias Piana & Christer Carlsson

Although the history of the Military Orders has been the subject of research for a long time, their material legacy has attracted less attention. In recent years, however, a vast range of topics concerning the...


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...


Contact and Conflict in Frankish Greece and the Aegean, 1204-1453: Crusade, Religion and Trade between Latins, Greeks and Turks

by Nikolaos G. Chrissis & Mike Carr

The conquest of Constantinople by the Fourth Crusade shattered irreversibly the political and cultural unity of the Byzantine world in the Greek peninsula, the Aegean and western Asia Minor. This volume brings...


The Displacement of the Body in Ælfric's Virgin Martyr Lives

by Alison Gulley

The virgin martyr vitae in Ælfric's Old English Lives of Saints recount the stories of young women who renounce marriage and sex to devote their lives to Christian service. In this volume, Alison Gulley explores...


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...


1014: Brian Boru & the Battle for Ireland

by Morgan Llywelyn

The date was Good Friday, April 23rd in the Year of Our Lord 1014. The most ferocious battle ever fought in Ireland was about to begin...

In the three decades since Morgan Llyweyln wrote the bestselling novel...


Islamic Crosspollinations: Interactions in the Medieval Middle East

by James Montgomery, Anna Akasoy & Peter E. Pormann

Islam as a cultural, intellectual, and religious venture appears in the popular imagination as a monolithic entity. Orientalists of the traditional ilk have tended to describe it in essentialist terms, whilst...


Dialogue of Comfort Against Tribulation: With Modifications to Obsolete Language

by Thomas More & Monica Stevens

Renaissance philosopher and statesman Thomas More played a central role in defending the Catholic faith during the Protestant Reformation. When he opposed Henry VIII's move to distance himself from the Church...


Mary Queen of Scots in History

by C. A. Campbell

Dozens, if not hundreds, of scholarly works, biographies, and even fictionalized novels have been based on the dramatic life of Mary Queen of Scots, who ruled over both her native Scotland and France before...


Old-Time Makers of Medicine: The Story of the Students and Teachers of the Sciences Related to Medicine During the Middle Ages

by James J. Walsh

Looking back from the vantage-point of the 21st century, medieval medicine seems hopelessly antiquated and even alarmingly ignorant. But today's advanced medical technology wouldn't be possible without those...


Jeanne D'Arc: Her Life and Death

by Margaret Oliphant

Scottish history writer Margaret Oliphant offers up a gripping account of the French martyr (and eventual saint) Joan of Arc, who led large armies to important battlefield victories while only a teenager. This...