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Variorum Collected Studies


About the Series

The first title in the Variorum Collected Studies series was published in 1970. Since then 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. Other major strands include Islamic studies and the histories of philosophy, science 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 are an essential resource making available research that is scattered or inaccessible in all but the most specialized libraries.

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

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Le marchand et les poids et mesures

Le marchand et les poids et mesures

1st Edition

Forthcoming

By Jean-Claude Hocquet
October 18, 2022

Published in French in this Variorum volume, these chapters represent over twenty years of scholarship and publication. Many have been updated and translated from German and Italian into French for the first time. The chapters all deal with merchants, of whom the author is a world-renowned ...

Trade and Enterprise The Muslim Tujjar in the Ottoman Empire and Qajar Iran, 1860-1914

Trade and Enterprise: The Muslim Tujjar in the Ottoman Empire and Qajar Iran, 1860-1914

1st Edition

Forthcoming

By Gad G. Gilbar
October 18, 2022

Until recently, the historiography of Middle Eastern economic elites during the first globalization has ignored the significant role played by Muslim Tujjar (big merchant-entrepreneurs). Foreign firms and local minorities were considered the prime agents of economic change and the initiators of ...

Aspects of War in the Late Middle Ages

Aspects of War in the Late Middle Ages

1st Edition

Forthcoming

By Christopher Allmand
June 30, 2022

This Variorum collection of articles is intended to illustrate that conflict in the late Middle Ages was not only about soldiers and fighting (about the makers and the making of war), important as these were. Just as it remains in our own day, war was a subject which attracted writers (commentators...

Ideas and Solidarities of the Medieval Laity England and Western Europe

Ideas and Solidarities of the Medieval Laity: England and Western Europe

1st Edition

By Susan Reynolds
September 14, 1995

This book contains essays written over the past 25 years about medieval urban communities and about the loyalties and beliefs of medieval lay people in general. Most writing about medieval religious, political, legal, and social ideas starts from treatises written by academics and assumes that ...

The Merovingians Kingship, Institutions, Law, and History

The Merovingians: Kingship, Institutions, Law, and History

1st Edition

By Alexander Callander Murray
May 18, 2022

The studies collected here cover a period of about 33 years, from 1986 to 2019, and represent a sustained effort to understand the institutions of the Merovingian kingdom and its history. There has long been a predisposition to cast the Merovingian period in the dark colours of barbarism or to ...

Early Performance: Courts and Audiences Shifting Paradigms in Early English Drama Studies

Early Performance: Courts and Audiences: Shifting Paradigms in Early English Drama Studies

1st Edition

By Sarah Carpenter, John J McGavin, Greg Walker
May 06, 2022

These essays of Sarah Carpenter have been selected to reflect her career’s close focus on the relationship of performance and audience. They are drawn from the last 25 years of her writing, and this has enabled the editors to organise them not chronologically but rather to develop her central theme...

Mortality, Trade, Money and Credit in Late Medieval England (1285-1531)

Mortality, Trade, Money and Credit in Late Medieval England (1285-1531)

1st Edition

By Pamela Nightingale
May 06, 2022

The eleven articles in this volume examine controversial subjects of central importance to medieval economic historians. Topics include the relative roles played by money and credit in financing the economy, whether credit could compensate for shortages of coin, and whether it could counteract the ...

Ideology and Evolution in Nineteenth Century Britain Embryos, Monsters, and Racial and Gendered Others in the Making of Evolutionary Theory and Culture

Ideology and Evolution in Nineteenth Century Britain: Embryos, Monsters, and Racial and Gendered Others in the Making of Evolutionary Theory and Culture

1st Edition

By Evelleen Richards
April 29, 2022

Written over several decades and collected together for the first time, these richly detailed contextual studies by a leading historian of science examine the diverse ways in which cultural values and political and professional considerations impinged upon the construction, acceptance and ...

Power, Marginality, and the Body in Medieval Islam

Power, Marginality, and the Body in Medieval Islam

1st Edition

By Fedwa Malti-Douglas
September 27, 2018

From rulers to uninvited guests, from women to thieves, from dreams to names, from blindness to torture - in a series of ground-breaking studies, Power, Marginality, and the Body in Medieval Islam explores the multi-layered and complex textual universe of medieval Islam. The power of the ruler sits...

Studies in Medieval Muslim Thought and History

Studies in Medieval Muslim Thought and History

1st Edition

By Wilferd Madelung, edited by Sabine Schmidtke
May 04, 2017

This volume complements the selections of Wilferd Madelung’s articles previously published by Variorum (Religious Schools and Sects in Medieval Islam, Religious and Ethnic Movements in Medieval Islam and Studies in Medieval ShÄ«ism). The first sections contain articles examining intellectual and ...

Crusaders and Franks Studies in the History of the Crusades and the Frankish Levant

Crusaders and Franks: Studies in the History of the Crusades and the Frankish Levant

1st Edition

By Benjamin Z. Kedar
October 13, 2017

While research on the crusades tends increasingly to bifurcate into study of the crusade idea and the crusading expeditions, and study of the Frankish states the crusaders established in the Levant, Benjamin Kedar confirms-through the articles reproduced in this latest selection of his articles-his...

Interpretation and Jurisprudence in Medieval Islam

Interpretation and Jurisprudence in Medieval Islam

1st Edition

By Norman Calder, Jawid Mojaddedi
June 07, 2019

At the time of his death in 1998, at the age of 47, Norman Calder had become the most widely-discussed scholar in his field. This was largely focused on his monograph, Studies in Early Muslim Jurisprudence (Oxford, 1993), which boldly challenged existing theories about the origins of Islamic Law....

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