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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 close to 2000 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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Orientations of Avicenna's Philosophy Essays on his Life, Method, Heritage

Orientations of Avicenna's Philosophy: Essays on his Life, Method, Heritage

1st Edition

By Dimitri Gutas
December 05, 2014

The volume brings together seventeen studies on Avicenna by Dimitri Gutas, written over the past twenty-five years. They aim to establish Avicenna’s historical and philosophical context as a means to determining his philosophical project and the orientations of his thought. They deal with his life ...

Philosophy, Theology and Mysticism in Medieval Islam Texts and Studies on the Development and History of Kalam, Vol. I

Philosophy, Theology and Mysticism in Medieval Islam: Texts and Studies on the Development and History of Kalam, Vol. I

1st Edition

By Richard M. Frank, Dimitri Gutas
December 23, 2005

The first volume of the collected major articles of Richard M. Frank, pioneering student of Islamic theology (kalam), contains fifteen essays. It includes his early studies, classic but inaccessible for many in their original publication, on the text and terminology of Graeco-Arabic translations (...

Aspects of Recusant History

Aspects of Recusant History

1st Edition

By T.A. Birrell, Jos Blom, Frans Korsten, Frans Blom
August 11, 2020

Thomas Anthony Birrell (1924–2011) was a man of many parts. For most of his working life he was Professor of English and American Literature in the University of Nijmegen, The Netherlands, where he was famous for his lively, humoristic and thought-provoking lectures. He was the author of some very ...

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
July 22, 2020

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 ...

Travellers from Europe in the Ottoman and Safavid Empires, 16th–17th Centuries Seeking, Transforming, Discarding Knowledge

Travellers from Europe in the Ottoman and Safavid Empires, 16th–17th Centuries: Seeking, Transforming, Discarding Knowledge

1st Edition

By Sonja Brentjes
October 28, 2010

This collection of Sonja Brentjes's articles deals with travels, encounters and the exchange of knowledge in the Mediterranean and Western Asia during the 16th and 17th centuries, focusing on three historiographical concerns. The first is how we should understand the relationship between Christian ...

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
July 14, 2020

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...

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
July 09, 2020

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 ...

From Chanson de Geste to Epic Chronicle Medieval Occitan Poetry of War

From Chanson de Geste to Epic Chronicle: Medieval Occitan Poetry of War

1st Edition

By Gérard Gouiran, Linda M. Paterson
April 15, 2020

In this collection of essays Gérard Gouiran, one of the world's leading and much-loved scholars of medieval Occitan literature, examines this literature from a primarily historical perspective. Through texts offering hitherto unexplored insights into the history and culture of medieval Europe, he ...

Administration and Organization of War in Thirteenth-Century England

Administration and Organization of War in Thirteenth-Century England

1st Edition

By David S. Bachrach
March 31, 2020

The essays brought together in this volume examine the conduct of war by the Angevin kings of England during the long thirteenth century (1189-1307). Drawing upon a wide range of unpublished administrative records that have been largely ignored by previous scholarship, David S. Bachrach offers new ...

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

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
March 31, 2020

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...

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

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
March 31, 2020

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...

Christian Spain and Portugal in the Early Middle Ages Texts and Societies

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

1st Edition

By Wendy Davies
December 10, 2019

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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