New Publication: The Subject of Crusade: Lyric, Romance and Materials,1150 to 1500, by Marisa Galvez

In the Middle Ages, religious crusaders took up arms, prayed, bade farewell to their families, and marched off to fight in holy wars. These Christian soldiers also created accounts of their lives in lyric poetry, putting words to the experience of personal sacrifice and the pious struggle associated with holy war. The crusaders affirmed theirContinue reading “New Publication: The Subject of Crusade: Lyric, Romance and Materials,1150 to 1500, by Marisa Galvez”

New Publication: Machines of the Mind: Personification in Medieval Literature, by Katharine Breen

In Machines of the Mind, Katharine Breen proposes that medieval personifications should be understood neither as failed novelistic characters nor as instruments of heavy-handed didacticism. She argues that personifications are instead powerful tools for thought that help us to remember andmanipulate complex ideas, testing them against existing moral and political paradigms. Specifically, different types of medievalContinue reading “New Publication: Machines of the Mind: Personification in Medieval Literature, by Katharine Breen”

New Publication: Art and Material Culture in the Byzantine and Islamic Worlds – Studies in Honour of Erica Cruikshank Dodd , edited by Evanthia Baboula and Lesley Jessop

Dedicated to Erica Cruikshank Dodd, Art and Material Culture in the Byzantine and Islamic Worlds offers new perspectives on the Christian and Muslim communities of the east Mediterranean from medieval to contemporary times. The contributors examine how people from diverse religious backgrounds adapted to their changing political landscapes and show that artistic patronage, consumption, and practices areContinue reading “New Publication: Art and Material Culture in the Byzantine and Islamic Worlds – Studies in Honour of Erica Cruikshank Dodd , edited by Evanthia Baboula and Lesley Jessop”

New Publication: Trans and Genderqueer Subjects in Medieval Hagiography, edited by Alicia Spencer-Hall and Blake Gutt

This edited volume presents an interdisciplinary examination of trans and genderqueer subjects in medieval hagiography. Scholarship has productively combined analysis of medieval literary texts with modern queer theory yet, too often, questions of gender are explored almost exclusively through a prism of sexuality, rather than gender identity. This volume moves beyond such limitations, foregrounding theContinue reading “New Publication: Trans and Genderqueer Subjects in Medieval Hagiography, edited by Alicia Spencer-Hall and Blake Gutt”

New Publication: Byzantine Religious Law in Medieval Italy by James Morton

This new work from Oxford University Press is the first ever historical study of manuscripts of Byzantine religious law from medieval Italy. It offers a legal and institutional framework for reassessing relations between medieval Greek and Latin Christians. It includes identifications and descriptions of Italo-Greek canon law manuscripts, which will serve as the basis forContinue reading “New Publication: Byzantine Religious Law in Medieval Italy by James Morton”

New Publication: Right and Left in Early Christian and Medieval Art by Robert Couzin

Robert Couzin’s Right and Left in Early Christian and Medieval Art is the first in-depth study of handedness, position, and direction in the visual culture of Europe and Byzantium from the fourth to the fourteenth century. Heretofore largely unnoticed or ignored, the pre-eminence of the right and lapses or intentional departures from that norm in medieval imageryContinue reading “New Publication: Right and Left in Early Christian and Medieval Art by Robert Couzin”

New Publication: Medieval Ethiopian Kingship, Craft, and Diplomacy with Latin Europe, by Verena Krebs

This book explores why Ethiopian kings pursued long-distance diplomatic contacts with Latin Europe in the late Middle Ages. It traces the history of more than a dozen embassies dispatched to the Latin West by the kings of Solomonic Ethiopia, a powerful Christian kingdom in the medieval Horn of Africa. Drawing on sources from Europe, Ethiopia,Continue reading “New Publication: Medieval Ethiopian Kingship, Craft, and Diplomacy with Latin Europe, by Verena Krebs”

New Publication: New Horizons in Trecento Italian Art, edited by Bryan C. Keene and Karl Whittington

The fourteenth century in Italy, the age of Giotto, Dante, and Boccaccio, widely known as the trecento, was a pivotal moment in art history and in European culture. The studies in this volume present new approaches to art in this important but often neglected period of the late Middle Ages and early Renaissance. Scholars atContinue reading “New Publication: New Horizons in Trecento Italian Art, edited by Bryan C. Keene and Karl Whittington”

New Publication: ‘Imagining the Divine: Art in Religions of Late Antiquity across Eurasia’, edited by Jaś Elsner and Rachel Wood

This groundbreaking volume brings together scholars of the art and archaeology of late antiquity (c. 200−1000), across cultures and regions reaching from India to Iberia, to discuss how objects can inform our understanding of religions. During this period major transformations are visible in the production of religious art and in the relationships between people andContinue reading “New Publication: ‘Imagining the Divine: Art in Religions of Late Antiquity across Eurasia’, edited by Jaś Elsner and Rachel Wood”

Call for Submissions: New Book Series: Reinterpreting the Middle Ages: From Medieval to Neo

A new book series, Reinterpreting the Middle Ages: From Medieval to Neo, co-edited by Dr Claire Kennan (University of Reading) and Dr Emma J. Wells (University of York) and published by Brepols, was announced earlier this week. The series warmly welcomes volume proposals for both monographs and thematically coherent essay collections. The aim is toContinue reading “Call for Submissions: New Book Series: Reinterpreting the Middle Ages: From Medieval to Neo”