The Medieval World

The Medieval World series covers post Roman and medieval societies and major figures in Europe and the Mediterranean, including western, central and eastern Europe as well as North Africa, the Middle East, and Byzantium. Books in the series cover a broad spectrum of subjects. These range from general topics, such as rural and urban economies, religion and religious institutions, rulership, law, conflict and power, gender and sexuality, and material culture, to biographies and interpretations of major figures, from kings, emperors and popes to saints and theologians.

Books in the Medieval World Series are intended to be an introduction to the authors’ specialist subjects and a gateway into the state of the art and current debates in those subjects – the book they would like their students to read before they take advanced undergraduate or graduate level seminars, and that scholars and students in other fields, both inside and outside of medieval history, would resort to first to learn about current work on these subjects.

At the same time, books in the series should be original scholarly monographs that contribute to their authors’ specific fields of interest. They should not only present the state of the art and introduce readers to current debates; they should express the authors’ ideas and develop them into innovative arguments that will contribute to and influence those debates.

The books should range in length between 100,000-and 140,000 words (including notes and other reference material). They may also contain a small number of images, provided that those images are discussed in the text.

If you are interested in writing for the series please contact:

Warren Brown, [email protected] and Piotr Górecki, [email protected]

Series Editors, The Medieval World

  • The Mongols and the West: 1221-1410 book cover

    The Mongols and the West

    1221-1410, 2nd Edition

    By Peter Jackson

    The Mongols and the West provides a comprehensive survey of relations between the Catholic West and the Mongol Empire from the first appearance of Chinggis (Genghis) Khan’s armies on Europe’s horizons in 1221 to the battle of Tannenberg in 1410. This book has been designed to provide a synthesis of…

    Paperback – 2018-03-16
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  • The Formation of the English Common Law: Law and Society in England from King Alfred to Magna Carta book cover

    The Formation of the English Common Law

    Law and Society in England from King Alfred to Magna Carta, 2nd Edition

    By John Hudson

    The Formation of English Common Law provides a comprehensive overview of the development of early English law, one of the classic subjects of medieval history. This much expanded second edition spans the centuries from King Alfred to Magna Carta, abandoning the traditional but restrictive break at…

    Paperback – 2017-08-08
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  • The Viking Diaspora book cover

    The Viking Diaspora

    1st Edition

    By Judith Jesch

    The Viking Diaspora presents the early medieval migrations of people, language and culture from mainland Scandinavia to new homes in the British Isles, the North Atlantic, the Baltic and the East as a form of ‘diaspora’. It discusses the ways in which migrants from Russia in the east to Greenland…

    Paperback – 2015-06-08
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  • Medieval Monasticism: Forms of Religious Life in Western Europe in the Middle Ages book cover

    Medieval Monasticism

    Forms of Religious Life in Western Europe in the Middle Ages, 4th Edition

    By C.H. Lawrence

    Medieval Monasticism traces the Western Monastic tradition from its fourth century origins in the deserts of Egypt and Syria, through the many and varied forms of religious life it assumed during the Middle Ages. Hugh Lawrence explores the many sided relationship between monasteries and the secular…

    Paperback – 2015-04-23
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  • The Cistercian Order in Medieval Europe: 1090-1500 book cover

    The Cistercian Order in Medieval Europe

    1090-1500, 1st Edition

    By Emilia Jamroziak

    The Cistercian Order in Medieval Europe offers an accessible and engaging history of the Order from its beginnings in the twelfth century through to the early sixteenth century. Unlike most other existing volumes on this subject it gives a nuanced analysis of the late medieval Cistercian experience…

    Paperback – 2013-08-22
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  • Church and People in the Medieval West, 900-1200 book cover

    Church and People in the Medieval West, 900-1200

    1st Edition

    By Sarah Hamilton

    During the middle ages, belief in God was the single more important principle for every person, and the all-powerful church was the most important institution. It is impossible to understand the medieval world without understanding the religious vision of the time, and this new textbook offers an…

    Paperback – 2013-07-25
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  • The Cathars: Dualist Heretics in Languedoc in the High Middle Ages book cover

    The Cathars

    Dualist Heretics in Languedoc in the High Middle Ages, 2nd Edition

    By Malcolm Barber

    In the second half of the twelfth century, the Catholic Church became convinced that dualist heresy was taking root within Christian society and that it was particularly strong in southern France. The nature and extent of this heresy and the reaction of the Church to the perceived threat have been…

    Paperback – 2013-06-27
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  • Disunited Kingdoms: Peoples and Politics in the British Isles 1280-1460 book cover

    Disunited Kingdoms

    Peoples and Politics in the British Isles 1280-1460, 1st Edition

    By Michael Brown

    In the last decades of the thirteenth century the British Isles appeared to be on the point of unified rule, dominated by the lordship, law and language of the English. However by 1400 Britain and Ireland were divided between the warring kings of England and Scotland, and peoples still starkly…

    Paperback – 2013-01-21
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  • Christian Jewish Relations 1000-1300: Jews in the Service of Medieval Christendom book cover

    Christian Jewish Relations 1000-1300

    Jews in the Service of Medieval Christendom, 1st Edition

    By Anna Sapir Abulafia

    The history of relations between Jews and Christians has been a long, complex and often unsettled one; yet histories of medieval Christendom have traditionally paid only passing attention to the role played by Jews in a predominantly Christian society. This book provides an original survey of…

    Paperback – 2011-01-04
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  • Violence in Medieval Europe book cover

    Violence in Medieval Europe

    1st Edition

    By Warren C. Brown

    The European Middle Ages have long attracted popular interest as an era characterised by violence, whether a reflection of societal brutality and lawlessness or part of a romantic vision of chivalry. Violence in Medieval Europe engages with current scholarly debate about the degree to which…

    Paperback – 2010-08-17
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  • Europe's Barbarians AD 200-600 book cover

    Europe's Barbarians AD 200-600

    1st Edition

    By Edward James

    'Barbarians' is the name the Romans gave to those who lived beyond the frontiers of the Roman Empire - the peoples they considered 'uncivilised'. Most of the written sources concerning the barbarians come from the Romans too, and as such, need to be treated with caution. Only archaeology…

    Paperback – 2009-06-25
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  • The Devil's World: Heresy and Society 1100-1300 book cover

    The Devil's World

    Heresy and Society 1100-1300, 1st Edition

    By Andrew Roach

    Exploring the relationship of heresy, dissent and society in the 12th and 13th Centuries,The Devil’s World shows how people made conscious choices between heresy and orthodoxy in the middle ages and were not afraid to exert their power as ‘consumers’ of religion. The book gives an account of all…

    Paperback – 2005-08-03
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  • The Crusader States and their Neighbours: 1098-1291 book cover

    The Crusader States and their Neighbours

    1098-1291, 1st Edition

    By P.M. Holt

    The book will be welcome for tackling the Crusades from a fresh but important angle; the relations of the Crusader states with their neighbours, both Christian (the Byzantines) and, especially, Islamic – the rulers of Damascus, Aleppo, Baghdad, Cairo etc. It contributes to the very fashionable…

    Paperback – 2004-02-19
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  • The Fourth Crusade: Event and Context book cover

    The Fourth Crusade

    Event and Context, 1st Edition

    By Michael J Angold

    The Fourth Crusade (1202-4) was one of the key events in medieval historyThe fall of Constantinople to the Venetians and the soldiers of the fourth crusade in April 1204 was its climax. It ensured that Byzantium’s days as a great power were over. It equally ensured that westerners would dominate…

    Paperback – 2003-11-13
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  • The Godwins: The Rise and Fall of a Noble Dynasty book cover

    The Godwins

    The Rise and Fall of a Noble Dynasty, 1st Edition

    By Frank Barlow

    The family of Earl Godwin of Wessex stands among the most famous in English history, whose most famous son was King Harold. Frank Barlow charts the family through to Harold – the last Anglo-Saxon king – and finally the crowning of William the Conqueror during the Norman Conquest. Set against the…

    Paperback – 2003-09-11
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  • Margery Kempe: and her world book cover

    Margery Kempe

    and her world, 1st Edition

    By A.E. Goodman

    Daughter of a mayor of King's Lynn, wife of a burgess there and mother of fourteen children, Margery Kempe (c. 1373-post 1438) was also a religious mystic and hysteric, who dictated her 'autobiography' to a scribe at the end of her life. In this history of her life, Anthony Goodman examines "…

    Paperback – 2002-07-25
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  • The Welsh Princes: The Native Rulers of Wales 1063-1283 book cover

    The Welsh Princes

    The Native Rulers of Wales 1063-1283, 1st Edition

    By Roger K Turvey

    The Welsh princes were one of the most important ruling elites in medieval western Europe. This volume examines their behaviour, influence and power in a period when the Welsh were struggling to maintain their independence and identity in the face of Anglo-Norman settlement. From the…

    Paperback – 2002-07-03
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  • Crime in Medieval Europe: 1200-1550 book cover

    Crime in Medieval Europe

    1200-1550, 1st Edition

    By Trevor Dean

    What is the difference between a stabbing in a tavern in London and one in a hostelry in the South of France? What happens when a spinster living in Paris finds knight in her bedroom wanting to marry her? Why was there a crime wave following the Black Death? From Aberdeen to Cracow and from…

    Paperback – 2001-10-24
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  • The Age of Robert Guiscard: Southern Italy and the Northern Conquest book cover

    The Age of Robert Guiscard

    Southern Italy and the Northern Conquest, 1st Edition

    By Graham Loud

    Founded upon an unrivalled knowledge of the original sources for the conquest, this is a cogent and lucid analysis of a key medieval subject hitherto largely ignored by historians.…

    Paperback – 2000-10-09
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  • The Reign of Richard Lionheart: Ruler of The Angevin Empire, 1189-1199 book cover

    The Reign of Richard Lionheart

    Ruler of The Angevin Empire, 1189-1199, 1st Edition

    By Ralph V Turner, Richard Heiser

     This ground-breaking and substantive new history considers Richard's reign from a perspective that is as much French as English. Viewing the king himself as a great military commander, it also shows him as a more competent administrator than previously acknowledged.  Modern revisionist…

    Paperback – 2000-07-25
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  • The Age of Charles Martel book cover

    The Age of Charles Martel

    1st Edition

    By Paul Fouracre

    First glorified as the Saviour of Christendom and then vilified as an enemy of the Church, Charles Martel's career has been written and rewritten from the time of his descendents. This important new study draws on strictly contemporary sources to assess his real achievements and offers new insights…

    Paperback – 2000-06-07
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  • The English Church, 940-1154 book cover

    The English Church, 940-1154

    1st Edition

    By H.R. Loyn

    This book discusses the development of the English Church during a rich and turbulent two centuries of European history. It provides a comprehensive survey covering the late Anglo-Saxon period through the Norman Conquest and right across the Anglo-Norman period. Professor Loyn addresses major…

    Paperback – 2000-05-16
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  • Ambrose: Church and Society in the Late Roman World book cover


    Church and Society in the Late Roman World, 1st Edition

    By John Moorhead

    An account, and assessment, of the career of St Ambrose (339-397), from 374 bishop of Milan and one of the four Doctors of the Christian Church (with Sts. Jerome, Augustine and Gregory the Great). A key figure in the transition of the later Roman Empire into its medieval successor, Western…

    Paperback – 1999-06-30
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  • Alfred the Great: War, Kingship and Culture in Anglo-Saxon England book cover

    Alfred the Great

    War, Kingship and Culture in Anglo-Saxon England, 1st Edition

    By Richard Abels

    This biography of Alfred the Great, king of the West Saxons (871-899), combines a sensitive reading of the primary sources with a careful evaluation of the most recent scholarly research on the history and archaeology of ninth-century England. Alfred emerges from the pages of this biography as a…

    Paperback – 1998-09-30
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  • Abbot Suger of St-Denis: Church and State in Early Twelfth-Century France book cover

    Abbot Suger of St-Denis

    Church and State in Early Twelfth-Century France, 1st Edition

    By Lindy Grant, David Bates

    Based on a fresh reading of primary sources, Lindy Grant's comprehensive biography of Abbot Suger (1081-1151) provides a reassessment of a key figure of the twelfth century. Active in secular and religious affairs alike - Suger was Regent of France and also abbot of one of the most important abbeys…

    Paperback – 1998-05-14
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  • Charles I of Anjou: Power, Kingship and State-Making in Thirteenth-Century Europe book cover

    Charles I of Anjou

    Power, Kingship and State-Making in Thirteenth-Century Europe, 1st Edition

    By Jean Dunbabin

    Charles I of Anjou (1225-85), brother of St Louis, was one of the most controversial figures of thirteenth-century Europe. A royal adventurer, who carved out a huge Mediterranean power block, as ruler of Provence, Jerusalem and the kingdom of Naples as well as Anjou, he changed for good the…

    Paperback – 1998-01-22
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  • Philip Augustus: King of France 1180-1223 book cover

    Philip Augustus

    King of France 1180-1223, 1st Edition

    By Jim Bradbury

    This is the first major study in English of the reign of Philip Augustus who ruled France from 1180 - 1223. Outshone for posterity, by his flamboyant contemporaries, the Angevin family of Henry II and his feuding sons, Philip was in fact far more successful than any of them, astutely playing them…

    Paperback – 1997-11-11
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  • The Western Mediterranean Kingdoms: The Struggle for Dominion, 1200-1500 book cover

    The Western Mediterranean Kingdoms

    The Struggle for Dominion, 1200-1500, 1st Edition

    By David S H Abulafia

    A pioneering account of the dynastic struggle between the kings of Aragon and the Angevin kings of Naples, which shaped the commercial as well as the political map of the Mediterranean and had a profound effect on the futures of Spain, France, Italy and Sicily. David Abulafia does it full justice,…

    Paperback – 1997-09-09
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  • Bastard Feudalism book cover

    Bastard Feudalism

    1st Edition

    By M.A. Hicks

    This major work is the most radical reinterpretation of the subject for fifty years. Hicks argues that Bastard Feudalism was far more complex - and positive in its effects - than previous accounts have suggested. A major contribution to historical debate which revolutionises our view of late…

    Paperback – 1995-04-17
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  • Medieval Canon Law book cover

    Medieval Canon Law

    1st Edition

    By James A Brundage

    It is impossible to understand how the medieval church functioned -- and in turn influenced and controlled the lay world within its care -- without understanding the development, character and impact of `canon law', its own distinctive law code. However important, this can seem a daunting subject…

    Paperback – 1995-02-20
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  • Justinian book cover


    1st Edition

    By John Moorhead

    The reign of Justinian (527--65) was a key phase in the transition from the Roman empire of classical times to the Byzantine empire of the Middle Ages. Justinian himself, born of peasant stock in a provincial backwater, was one of the greatest rulers yet, despite prodigious achievements, he…

    Paperback – 1994-08-01
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  • English Noblewomen in the Later Middle Ages book cover

    English Noblewomen in the Later Middle Ages

    1st Edition

    By Jennifer C. Ward

    This vivid and pioneering study illuminates the different roles played in late medieval society by noblewomen - the most substantial group of women to survive as individuals in medieval documents. They emerge (despite limited political opportunities) as figures of consequence themselves in a…

    Paperback – 1992-11-16
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  • Charles The Bald book cover

    Charles The Bald

    1st Edition

    By Janet L. Nelson

    This important and long-awaited study is the first full-scale biography of Charlemagne's grandson, King of the West Franks from 843 to 877, and Emperor from 875. Posterity has not been kind to Charles or his age, seeing him as a fatally weak ruler in decadent times, threatened by Viking invaders…

    Paperback – 1992-03-23
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