Variorum Collected Studies

The first title in the Variorum Collected Studies series was published in 1970. Since then well over 1000 titles have appeared in the series, and it has established a well-earned international reputation for the publication of key research across a whole range of subjects within the fields of history.

The history of the medieval world remains central to the series, with Byzantine studies a particular speciality, but the range of titles extends from Hellenistic philosophy and the history of the Roman empire and early Christianity, through the Renaissance and Reformation, up to the 20th century. Islamic Studies forms another major strand as do the histories of science, technology and medicine.

Each title in the Variorum Collected Studies series brings together for the first time a selection of articles by a leading authority on a particular subject. These studies are reprinted from a vast range of learned journals, Festschrifts and conference proceedings. They make available research that is scattered, even inaccessible in all but the largest and most specialized libraries. With a new introduction and index, and often with new notes and previously unpublished material, they constitute an essential resource.

For further information about contributing to the series please contact Michael Greenwood at [email protected]

  • The Religious Figural Imagery of Byzantine Lead Seals I: Studies on the Image of Christ, the Virgin and Narrative Scenes book cover

    The Religious Figural Imagery of Byzantine Lead Seals I

    Studies on the Image of Christ, the Virgin and Narrative Scenes, 1st Edition

    By John A. Cotsonis

    The articles republished in this volume are ground-breaking studies that employ a large body of religious figural imagery of Byzantine lead seals ranging from the 6th to the 15th century. A number of the studies present tables, charts and graphs in their analysis of iconographic trends and changing…

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  • The Religious Figural Imagery of Byzantine Lead Seals II: Studies on Images of the Saints and on Personal Piety book cover

    The Religious Figural Imagery of Byzantine Lead Seals II

    Studies on Images of the Saints and on Personal Piety, 1st Edition

    By John A. Cotsonis

    The articles republished in this volume are ground-breaking studies that employ a large body of religious figural imagery of Byzantine lead seals ranging from the 6th to the 15th century. A number of the studies present tables, charts and graphs in their analysis of iconographic trends and changing…

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  • Christian Spain and Portugal in the Early Middle Ages: Texts and Societies book cover

    Christian Spain and Portugal in the Early Middle Ages

    Texts and Societies, 1st Edition

    By Wendy Davies

    A collection of papers in English by one of the foremost historians of the social and economic structure of ​medieval rural communities, who here examines local societies in rural northern Spain and Portugal in the early middle ages. Principal themes are scribal practice and the analysis of charter…

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  • The Boundless Sea: Writing Mediterranean History book cover

    The Boundless Sea

    Writing Mediterranean History, 1st Edition

    By Peregrine Horden, Nicholas Purcell

    This volume brings together for the first time a collection of twelve articles written both jointly and individually by Peregrine Horden and Nicholas Purcell as they have participated in the debates generated by their major work, The Corrupting Sea: A Study of Mediterranean History (2000). One…

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  • Early English Performance: Medieval Plays and Robin Hood Games: Shifting Paradigms in Early English Drama Studies book cover

    Early English Performance: Medieval Plays and Robin Hood Games

    Shifting Paradigms in Early English Drama Studies, 1st Edition

    By John Marshall

    Edited by Philip Butterworth

    Covering a period of nearly 40 years’ work by the author this collection of essays in the Shifting Paradigms in Early English Drama Studies series brings the perspective of a Drama academic and practitioner of early English plays to the understanding of how medieval plays and Robin Hood games of…

    Hardback – 2019-09-30
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  • The Power of Islam in Morocco: Historical and Anthropological Perspectives book cover

    The Power of Islam in Morocco

    Historical and Anthropological Perspectives, 1st Edition

    By Mohamed El Mansour

    The study of Muslim societies has been for a long time the appanage of western Orientalists and European ethnographers whose view from the outside rarely accounted for the complex reality of these societies. This Variorum volume by an eminent North African historian follows the development of Islam…

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  • Evolutionary Naturalism in Victorian Britain: The 'Darwinians' and their Critics book cover

    Evolutionary Naturalism in Victorian Britain

    The 'Darwinians' and their Critics, 1st Edition

    By Bernard Lightman

    Scholars have tended to portray T.H. Huxley, John Tyndall, and their allies as the dominant cultural authority in the second half of the 19th century. Defenders of Darwin and his theory of evolution, these men of science are often seen as a potent force for the secularization of British…

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  • La théorie de la musique antique et médiévale book cover

    La théorie de la musique antique et médiévale

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    By Michel Huglo

    This is the final volume in the set of four collections of Michel Huglo's articles to be published in the Variorum series, and focuses on medieval music theory. The point of departure for Huglo's research was his doctoral dissertation on tonaries, published in 1971: as a consequence, he studied the…

    Paperback – 2019-07-10
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  • Early Medieval Text and Image Volume 2: The Codex Amiatinus, the Book of Kells and Anglo-Saxon Art book cover

    Early Medieval Text and Image Volume 2

    The Codex Amiatinus, the Book of Kells and Anglo-Saxon Art, 1st Edition

    By Jennifer O'Reilly

    Edited by Carol A Farr, Elizabeth Mullins

    When she died in 2016, Dr Jennifer O’Reilly left behind a body of published and unpublished work in three areas of medieval studies: the iconography of the Gospel Books produced in early medieval Ireland and Anglo-Saxon England; the writings of Bede and his older Irish contemporary, Adomnán of Iona…

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  • Early Medieval Text and Image Volume 1: The Insular Gospel Books book cover

    Early Medieval Text and Image Volume 1

    The Insular Gospel Books, 1st Edition

    By Jennifer O'Reilly

    Edited by Carol A Farr, Elizabeth Mullins

    When she died in 2016, Dr Jennifer O’Reilly left behind a body of published and unpublished work in three areas of medieval studies: the iconography of the Gospel Books produced in early medieval Ireland and Anglo-Saxon England; the writings of Bede and his older Irish contemporary, Adomnán of Iona…

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  • The canzone villanesca alla napolitana: Social, Cultural and Historical Contexts book cover

    The canzone villanesca alla napolitana

    Social, Cultural and Historical Contexts, 1st Edition

    By Donna G. Cardamone

    The printed debut of the canzone villanesca alla napolitana occurred on 24 October 1537, in Naples. Fifteen anonymous 'rustic songs' were published by Johannes de Colonia in a pocket-sized anthology with a cover featuring three women with hoes tilling the soil. The adjective villanesca (from…

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  • History, Hagiography and Biblical Exegesis: Essays on Bede, Adomnán and Thomas Becket book cover

    History, Hagiography and Biblical Exegesis

    Essays on Bede, Adomnán and Thomas Becket, 1st Edition

    By Jennifer O'Reilly

    Edited by Máirín MacCarron, Diarmuid Scully

    When she died in 2016, Dr Jennifer O’Reilly left behind a body of published and unpublished work in three areas of medieval studies: the iconography of the Gospel Books produced in early medieval Ireland and Anglo-Saxon England; the writings of Bede and his older Irish contemporary, Adomnán of Iona…

    Hardback – 2019-06-04
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  • Music, Science, Philosophy: Models in the Universe of Thought book cover

    Music, Science, Philosophy

    Models in the Universe of Thought, 1st Edition

    By Jamie C. Kassler

    This book stresses the interrelatedness of knowledge by extricating models that cut across traditional disciplinary boundaries. For example, science can find models from the technology and semantic field of music, music can find its models from the technology and semantic field of science, and each…

    Paperback – 2019-05-24
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  • The Fatimids and Egypt book cover

    The Fatimids and Egypt

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    By Michael Brett

    This Variorum volume is a collection of articles dealing with Egypt under the Fatimids, originally published in diverse journals and books between 1984 and 2013. The Fatimids came to power in North Africa in 910 CE, and ruled in Egypt from 969 to 1171 CE. As Imams and Caliphs, they claimed…

    Hardback – 2019-05-20
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  • Holocaust Studies: Critical Reflections book cover

    Holocaust Studies

    Critical Reflections, 1st Edition

    By Steven T. Katz

    The great majority of Holocaust scholarship concentrates heavily, if not almost completely, on the Final Solution from the German side. The distinctive feature of this book, both individually and as a collection, is its concentration on the Holocaust from a Judeo-centric point of view. The present…

    Hardback – 2019-04-29
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  • Hospitals and Healing from Antiquity to the Later Middle Ages book cover

    Hospitals and Healing from Antiquity to the Later Middle Ages

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    By Peregrine Horden

    The first part of this collection brings together a selection of Peregrine Horden's papers on the history of hospitals and related institutions of welfare provision from their origins in Late Antiquity to their medieval flourishing in Byzantium and the Islamic lands as well as in western Europe.…

    Paperback – 2019-04-15
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  • Sicily and the Mediterranean in the Middle Ages book cover

    Sicily and the Mediterranean in the Middle Ages

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    By Hiroshi Takayama

    This book is a collection of milestone articles of a leading scholar in the study of the Norman Kingdom of Sicily, a crossroads of Latin-Christian, Greek-Byzantine, and Arab-Islamic cultures and one of the most fascinating but also one of the most neglected kingdoms in the medieval world. Some of…

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  • The Aristotelian Tradition in Syriac book cover

    The Aristotelian Tradition in Syriac

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    By John W. Watt

    This volume presents a panorama of Syriac engagement with Aristotelian philosophy primarily situated in the 6th to the 9th centuries, but also ranging to the 13th. It offers a wide range of articles, opening with surveys on the most important philosophical writers of the period before providing…

    Hardback – 2019-02-21
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  • Cultures of Healing: Medieval and After book cover

    Cultures of Healing

    Medieval and After, 1st Edition

    By Peregrine Horden

    This volume brings together for the first time an updated collection of articles exploring poverty, poor relief, illness, and health care as they intersected in Western Europe, the Mediterranean and the Middle East, during a ‘long’ Middle Ages. It offers a thorough and wide-ranging investigation…

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  • Bishops, Saints, and Historians: Studies in the Ecclesiastical History of Medieval Britain and Italy book cover

    Bishops, Saints, and Historians

    Studies in the Ecclesiastical History of Medieval Britain and Italy, 1st Edition

    By Robert Brentano, edited by William L. North

    Throughout his career, Robert Brentano attempted to understand the nature and 'style' of ecclesiastical institutions in Italy and the British Isles, the specific qualities of saints and the communities that formed around them, and the ways in which seemingly cryptic archival remains of medieval…

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  • Studies on the Mongol Empire and Early Muslim India book cover

    Studies on the Mongol Empire and Early Muslim India

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    By Peter Jackson

    The first section of this volume brings together five studies on the Mongol empire. The accent is on the ideology behind Mongol expansion, on the dissolution of the empire into a number of rival khanates, and on the relations between the Mongol regimes and their Christian subjects within and…

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  • Fatimid History and Ismaili Doctrine book cover

    Fatimid History and Ismaili Doctrine

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    By Paul E. Walker

    The thirteen studies in this volume explore critical problems in Fatimid history and historiography, many specifically focused on the content of doctrinal writings produced by the Ismaili supporters and agents of this caliphate who worked on behalf of the dynasty both within the empire and outside.…

    Paperback – 2019-01-11
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  • Image Making in Byzantium, Sasanian Persia and the Early Muslim World: Images and Cultures book cover

    Image Making in Byzantium, Sasanian Persia and the Early Muslim World

    Images and Cultures, 1st Edition

    By Anthony Cutler

    Relations between Byzantium and its neighbours are the focus of this volume. The papers address questions of cultural exchange, with special attention to art historical relations as shown by technical, iconographic and diplomatic exchanges. While addressed to specialists, both their approach and…

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  • The Painter Angelos and Icon-Painting in Venetian Crete book cover

    The Painter Angelos and Icon-Painting in Venetian Crete

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    By Maria Vassilaki

    The sixteen studies in this book include six specially translated from Greek and another two published here for the first time. They deal with the art of painting in Crete at a time when the island was under Venetian rule. The main emphasis is on the 15th century and especially on the painter…

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  • Music and its Virtues in Islamic and Judaic Writings book cover

    Music and its Virtues in Islamic and Judaic Writings

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    By Amnon Shiloah

    A fascinating aspect of the study of music in medieval Islamic and Judaic writings is the broad and interdisciplinary nature of the works and treatises in which it is covered. In addition, such works verbalize an art that was transmitted orally and took shape spontaneously, typically with…

    Paperback – 2019-01-11
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  • The Virgilian Tradition: Book History and the History of Reading in Early Modern Europe book cover

    The Virgilian Tradition

    Book History and the History of Reading in Early Modern Europe, 1st Edition

    By Craig Kallendorf

    The essays in this collection approach the reception of the Roman poet Virgil in early modern Europe from the perspective of two areas at the center of current scholarly work in the humanities: book history and the history of reading. The first group of essays uses Virgil's place in post-classical…

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  • Before and After Darwin: Origins, Species, Cosmogonies, and Ontologies book cover

    Before and After Darwin

    Origins, Species, Cosmogonies, and Ontologies, 1st Edition

    By M.J.S. Hodge

    This is the first of a pair of volumes by Jonathan Hodge, collecting all his most innovative, revisionist and influential papers on Charles Darwin and on the longer run of theories about origins and species from ancient times to the present. The focus in this volume is on the diversity of theories…

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  • Letters, Literacy and Literature in Byzantium book cover

    Letters, Literacy and Literature in Byzantium

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    By Margaret Mullett

    These studies look at general problems of reading Byzantine literature, at literacy practices and the literary process, but also at individual texts. The past thirty years have seen a revolution in the way Byzantine literature has been viewed: no longer is it considered a decadent form of classical…

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  • Image and Imagination in Byzantine Art book cover

    Image and Imagination in Byzantine Art

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    By Henry Maguire

    The twelve studies contained in this second collection by Henry Maguire are linked together by a common theme, namely the relationship of Byzantine art to the imaginary. They show how art enabled the Byzantines not only to imagine the sacred events of the past, but also to visualize the invisible…

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  • Coinage and Coin Use in Medieval Italy book cover

    Coinage and Coin Use in Medieval Italy

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    By Alessia Rovelli

    The volume gathers together seventeen articles dedicated to the monetary history of medieval Italy, most of them newly translated into English. The articles in the first section of the volume trace the development of monetisation in Italy from the Lombard period until the rise of the communes,…

    Paperback – 2019-01-03
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  • The Sources of Beneventan Chant book cover

    The Sources of Beneventan Chant

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    By Thomas Forrest Kelly

    The area whose capital was the southern Lombard city of Benevento developed a culture identified with the characteristic form of writing known as the Beneventan script, which was used throughout the area and was brought to perfection at the abbey of Montecassino in the late eleventh century. This…

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  • The History of Rhetoric and the Rhetoric of History book cover

    The History of Rhetoric and the Rhetoric of History

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    By Nancy S. Struever

    In the articles collected here Nancy Struever explores the basic assumption that rhetoric is not simply a bag of persuasive tricks, but functions, necessarily, as a mode of inquiry investigating not simply the mechanics of production and reception of discourse, but the psychological factors of…

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  • Brittany in the Early Middle Ages: Texts and Societies book cover

    Brittany in the Early Middle Ages

    Texts and Societies, 1st Edition

    By Wendy Davies

    This volume focuses on Wendy Davies's work on early medieval Breton texts and their implications. Beginning with core analyses of the Redon and Landévennec cartularies, it continues with papers that tease out some of the key social implications of the 9th-century Redon material - on the nature of…

    Paperback – 2019-01-03
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  • Barbarians, Maps, and Historiography: Studies on the Early Medieval West book cover

    Barbarians, Maps, and Historiography

    Studies on the Early Medieval West, 1st Edition

    By Walter Goffart

    To complement his first collection of articles (Rome's Fall and After, 1989), Walter Goffart presents here a further set of essays, all but two published between 1988 and 2007. They mainly focus on two types of historiography: early medieval narratives, with special attention to Bede's Historia…

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  • Essays in Medieval Chinese Literature and Cultural History book cover

    Essays in Medieval Chinese Literature and Cultural History

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    By Paul W. Kroll

    This is one of a pair of volumes by Paul Kroll (the companion volume deals with medieval Taoism and the poetry of Li Po). Collecting eleven essays by this leading scholar of Chinese poetry, the volume presents a selection of studies devoted to the medieval period, centering especially on the T'ang…

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  • The Art of Words: Bede and Theodulf book cover

    The Art of Words: Bede and Theodulf

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    By Paul Meyvaert

    Medieval art is wordy; inscriptions and poems, commentaries and chronicles accompany and adorn it. The Art of Words presents a series of detective stories by a renowned explorer of medieval philological evidence who here examines the thought and objects of the Venerable Bede and Theodulf of Orleans…

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  • Essays in Naval History, from Medieval to Modern book cover

    Essays in Naval History, from Medieval to Modern

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    By N.A.M. Rodger

    The articles collected here (two appearing for the first time in English) cover a number of topics central to naval history and illustrate the author's contention that this is not only, or even chiefly, a distinct area of special study, but rather a central theme running through the history of…

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  • Scientific Institutions and Practice in France and Britain, c.1700–c.1870 book cover

    Scientific Institutions and Practice in France and Britain, c.1700–c.1870

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    By Maurice Crosland

    This second collection of studies by Maurice Crosland has as a first theme the differences in the style and organisation of scientific activity in Britain and France in the 18th and early 19th centuries. Science was more closely controlled in France, notably by the Paris Academy of Sciences, and…

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  • Turks, Tatars and Russians in the 13th–16th Centuries book cover

    Turks, Tatars and Russians in the 13th–16th Centuries

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    By István Vásáry

    The setting for the studies collected here is the West-Eurasian steppe region, extending from present-day Kazakhstan through southern Russia, Ukraine and Moldavia to the Carpathian Basin. The first articles deal with pre-Mongol, Turkic peoples of the region and their relations with the Byzantine…

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  • Astronomy and Astrology in al-Andalus and the Maghrib book cover

    Astronomy and Astrology in al-Andalus and the Maghrib

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    By Julio Samsó

    This new volume of papers by Julio Samsó deals with the development of astronomy and astrology in al-Andalus and the Maghrib between the 10th and the 19th centuries. Opening with a survey of the social history of the exact sciences in al-Andalus, the book then looks at astronomical tables: the…

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  • Comparative Studies in Modern European History: Nation, Nationalism, Social Change book cover

    Comparative Studies in Modern European History

    Nation, Nationalism, Social Change, 1st Edition

    By Miroslav Hroch

    The two main themes of this selection of articles by Professor Hroch are the process of nation formation during the 19th century, especially in the case of 'smaller' European nations, i.e. those without statehood, and the social and political aspects of the transition from a pre-modern, feudal and…

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  • Pionniers du droit occidental au Moyen Age book cover

    Pionniers du droit occidental au Moyen Age

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    By André Gouron

    'Pioneers' seems fitting to Professor Gouron to describe the jurists (civilists) of the 12th-century Latin West, that were the bearers of a new science, born in Bologna about 1100. Away from Bologna these pioneers were isolated, scattered from Scotland to Styria or Catalonia, and no more than one…

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  • Humanism and Renaissance Civilization book cover

    Humanism and Renaissance Civilization

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    By Charles G. Nauert

    The essays collected in this volume represent many years of Professor Nauert's research and teaching on the history of Renaissance humanism, and more particularly on humanism north of the Alps. Much of the early work involved the significant but often-overlooked history of humanism at the…

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  • Studies in the Transmission of Wyclif's Writings book cover

    Studies in the Transmission of Wyclif's Writings

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    By Anne Hudson

    Wyclif's ideas caused a major upheaval both in the country of his birth and in the Bohemian area of central Europe; that upheaval affected theological, ecclesiastical and political developments from the late 14th to the early 16th centuries. Some of those ideas were transmitted orally through…

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  • The Portuguese in India and Other Studies, 1500-1700 book cover

    The Portuguese in India and Other Studies, 1500-1700

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    By A.R. Disney

    The studies brought together in this volume were published over the last thirty years and are concerned, directly or indirectly, with the Portuguese presence in India between about 1500 and 1650. They have been arranged into four groups of which the first, 'The Portuguese in India', includes pieces…

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  • Studies in English Church Music, 1550-1900 book cover

    Studies in English Church Music, 1550-1900

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    By Nicholas Temperley

    Nicholas Temperley has pioneered the history of popular church music in England, as expounded in his classic 1979 study, The Music of the English Parish Church; his Hymn Tune Index of 1998; and his magisterial articles in The New Grove. This volume brings together fourteen shorter essays from…

    Paperback – 2018-12-19
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  • Trade, Money, and Power in Medieval England book cover

    Trade, Money, and Power in Medieval England

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    By Pamela Nightingale

    The sixteen articles in this collection analyse the contribution made by overseas trade, and the wealth in coin which it created, to the development of the English economy and locate this in an European-wide setting. In time, they range from the late Anglo-Saxon period up to the advent of the…

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  • Popes, Church, and Jews in the Middle Ages: Confrontation and Response book cover

    Popes, Church, and Jews in the Middle Ages

    Confrontation and Response, 1st Edition

    By Kenneth Stow

    The theme uniting the essays reprinted here is the attitude of the medieval Church, and in particular the papacy, toward the Jewish population of Western Europe. Papal consistency, sometimes sorely tried, in observing the canons and the principles announced by St Paul - that Jews were to be a…

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  • The Medieval Antecedents of English Agricultural Progress book cover

    The Medieval Antecedents of English Agricultural Progress

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    By Bruce M.S. Campbell

    Until recently, historians tended to stress the perceived technological and ecological shortcomings of medieval agriculture. The ten essays assembled in this volume offer a contrary view. Based upon close documentary analysis of the demesne farms managed for and by lords, they show that, by 1300,…

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  • The Byzantine Aristocracy and its Military Function book cover

    The Byzantine Aristocracy and its Military Function

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    By Jean-Claude Cheynet

    The first four studies in this volume by Jean-Claude Cheynet, specially translated from French for publication here, present a broad-ranging analysis of the Byzantine aristocracy of the 8th-12th centuries. Along with the other articles in the first part, they examine the evolution of aristocratic…

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