This series presents the latest research on key medieval themes. It is not confined to any particular period, geographic area or school of thought and seeks to cover a broad range of topics and events.
The Social Fabric of Fifteenth-Century Florence Identities and Change in the World of Second-Hand Dealers
The Plow, the Pen and the Sword Images and Self-Images of Medieval People in the Low Countries
Family, Work, and Household in Late Medieval Iberia A Social History of Manresa at the Time of the Black Death
Medieval Hostageship c.700-c.1500 Hostage, Captive, Prisoner of War, Guarantee, Peacemaker
By Wojtek Jezierski, Kim Esmark, Hans Jacob Orning, Jón Viðar Sigurðsson
August 01, 2022
This book explores the practical and symbolic resources of legitimacy which the elites of medieval Scandinavia employed to establish, justify, and reproduce their social and political standing between the end of the Viking Age and the rise of kingdoms in the thirteenth century. Geographically the ...
By Kim Esmark, Lars Hermanson, Hans Jacob Orning
December 13, 2021
Nordic Elites in Transformation, c. 1050-1250, Volume II explores the structures and workings of social networks within the elites of medieval Scandinavia to reveal the intricate relationship between power and status. Section one of this volume categorizes basic types of personal bonds, both ...
By Alessia Meneghin
October 08, 2019
The Arte dei rigattieri (merchants of second-hand goods in Florence) has never been the subject of a systematic study, even in scholarship devoted to the history of trades. Underpinned by a large collection of archival material, this book analyzes the social life and economic activity of ...
By Bjørn Poulsen, Helle Vogt, Jón Viðar Sigurðsson
March 27, 2019
This book, first in a series of three, examines the social elites in Denmark, Sweden, Norway, and Iceland, and which social, political, and cultural resources went into their creation. The elite controlled enormous economic resources and exercised power over people. Power over agrarian production ...
By Declan Taggart
November 17, 2017
How Thor Lost his Thunder is the first major English-language study of early medieval evidence for the Old Norse god, Thor. In this book, the most common modern representations of Thor are examined, such as images of him wreathed in lightning, and battling against monsters and giants. The origins ...
By Rudi Künzel
September 28, 2017
This book compares the cultures of the different social groups living in the Low Countries in the early Middle Ages. Clergy, nobility, peasants and townsmen greatly varied in their attitudes to labor, property, violence, and the handling and showing of emotions. Künzel explores how these social ...
By Jeff Fynn-Paul
September 25, 2017
Family, Work, and Household presents the social and occupational life of a late medieval Iberian town in rich, unprecedented detail. The book combines a diachronic study of two regionally prominent families—one knightly and one mercantile—with a detailed cross-sectional urban study of household and...
By Evgeny Khvalkov
August 03, 2017
This book focuses on the network of the Genoese colonies in the Black Sea area and their diverse multi-ethnic societies. It raises the problems of continuity of the colonial patterns, reveals the importance of the formation of the late medieval / early modern colonialism, the urban demography, and ...
By Beata Możejko
March 31, 2017
New Studies in Medieval and Renaissance Poland and Prussia: The Impact of Gdańsk draws together the latest reseach conducted by local historians and archaeologists on the city of Gdańsk and its impact on the surrounding region of Pomerania and Poland as a whole. Beginning with Gdańsk’s early ...
By Matthew Bennett, Katherine Weikert
October 10, 2016
This volume explores the issues of taking, using and being hostages in the Middle Ages. It brings together recent research in the areas of hostages and hostageships, looking at the act of hostage-taking and the hostages themselves through the lenses of political and social history. ...
By Sara M. Butler
June 21, 2016
England has traditionally been understood as a latecomer to the use of forensic medicine in death investigation, lagging nearly two-hundred years behind other European authorities. Using the coroner's inquest as a lens, this book hopes to offer a fresh perspective on the process of death ...
By Andrew Latham
May 31, 2016
Over the past two decades or so, medieval geopolitics have come to occupy an increasingly prominent place in the collective imagination—and writings—of International Relations scholars. Although these accounts differ significantly in terms of their respective analytical assumptions, theoretical ...