New Publication: Sephardic Book Art of the Fifteenth Century, Edited by Luís U. Afonso and Tiago Moita

The current volume presents ten different studies dealing with the final stages of Hebrew book art production in medieval Iberia. Ranging from the Farhi Codex, copied and illuminated in the late 14th century, to the Philadelphia Bible, copied and illuminated in Lisbon in 1496, this volume discusses a wide scope of topics related with the production, consumption and circulation of medieval decorated Hebrew manuscripts.

New Publication: Romanesque Saints, Shrines and Pilgrimage, edited by John McNeill & Richard Plant

The 23 chapters in this volume explore the material culture of sanctity in Latin Europe and the Mediterranean between c. 1000 and c. 1220, with a focus on the ways in which saints and relics were enshrined, celebrated, and displayed.

New Publication: Narrative Pasts: The Making of a Muslim Community in Gujarat, c. 1400-1650, by Jyoti Gulati Balachandran

Narrative Pasts retrieves the social history of a Muslim community in Gujarat, a region that has one of the earliest records of Muslim presence in the Indian subcontinent. By reconstructing the literary, social and historical world of Sufi preceptors, disciples, and descendants from the fifteenth to the seventeenth century, the book reveals the importance ofContinue reading “New Publication: Narrative Pasts: The Making of a Muslim Community in Gujarat, c. 1400-1650, by Jyoti Gulati Balachandran”

New Book Series & Call for Manuscripts: Mediterranean Studies in Late Antiquity and The Middle Ages Series, edited by Damien Kempf

This series is devoted to the study of the Mediterranean world in late antiquity and the medieval period. It welcomes original scholarly research pertaining to the fields of: history, art history, social history, cultural history, hagiography, religious studies, textual studies, archaeology, and gender studies. We invite proposals for monographs, edited volumes, and conference proceedings. AllContinue reading “New Book Series & Call for Manuscripts: Mediterranean Studies in Late Antiquity and The Middle Ages Series, edited by Damien Kempf”

New Publication: Jewish Treasures from Oxford Libraries, Edited by Rebecca Abrams and César Merchán-Hamann

Representing four centuries of collecting and 1,000 years of Jewish history, this book brings together extraordinary Hebrew manuscripts and rare books from the Bodleian Library and Oxford colleges. Highlights of the collections include a fragment of Maimonides’ autograph draft of the Mishneh Torah; the earliest dated fragment of the Talmud, exquisitely illuminated manuscripts of theContinue reading “New Publication: Jewish Treasures from Oxford Libraries, Edited by Rebecca Abrams and César Merchán-Hamann”

New Publication: East Anglian Church Porches and their Medieval Context, by Helen E. Lunnon

The church porches of medieval England are among the most beautiful and glorious aspects of ecclesiastical architecture; but in comparison with its stained glass, for example, they have been relatively little studied. This book, the first detailed study of them for over a century, gives new insights into this often over-looked element.

New Publication: Mary, The Apostles, and the Last Judgment: Apocryphal Representations from Late Antiquity to the Middle Ages, Edited by Stanislava Kuzmová and Andrea-Bianka Znorovszky

This volume presents a timely contribution to the growing body of scholarship on the apocryphal writings and their reception in the Middle Ages, especially in connection with visual representation. It aims to bridge what often remains disconnected, the visual art and the written text, the early Christian roots and medieval reception, the East and the West, as well as methodologies of various disciplines.

New Publication: Reliquary Tabernacles in Fourteenth-Century Italy: Image, Relic and Material Culture, by Beth Williamson

Ground-breaking study of the enigmatic and unique tabernacles from fourteenth-century Italy, which for the first time combined relics and images. Images and relics were central tools in the process of devotional practice in medieval Europe. The reliquary tabernacles that emerged in the 1340s, in the area of Central Italy surrounding the city of Siena, combinedContinue reading “New Publication: Reliquary Tabernacles in Fourteenth-Century Italy: Image, Relic and Material Culture, by Beth Williamson”