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

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

1st Edition

By John Marshall, Philip Butterworth
September 30, 2019

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 ...

The Boundless Sea Writing Mediterranean History

The Boundless Sea: Writing Mediterranean History

1st Edition

By Peregrine Horden, Nicholas Purcell
October 03, 2019

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 ...

The Power of Islam in Morocco Historical and Anthropological Perspectives

The Power of Islam in Morocco: Historical and Anthropological Perspectives

1st Edition

By Mohamed El Mansour
September 20, 2019

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...

Evolutionary Naturalism in Victorian Britain The 'Darwinians' and their Critics

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

1st Edition

By Bernard Lightman
July 25, 2019

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 ...

La théorie de la musique antique et médiévale

La théorie de la musique antique et médiévale

1st Edition

By Michel Huglo
July 10, 2019

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...

The canzone villanesca alla napolitana Social, Cultural and Historical Contexts

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

1st Edition

By Donna G. Cardamone
July 05, 2019

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 ...

Field Systems and Farming Systems in Late Medieval England

Field Systems and Farming Systems in Late Medieval England

1st Edition

By Bruce M.S. Campbell
June 14, 2019

The later Middle Ages was an overwhelmingly rural world, with probably three out of four households reliant upon farming for a living. Yet conventional accounts of the period rarely do justice to the variety of ways in which the land was managed and worked. The thirteen essays collected in this ...

Changing Perspectives on England and the Continent in the Early Middle Ages

Changing Perspectives on England and the Continent in the Early Middle Ages

1st Edition

By Anton Scharer
June 12, 2019

This volume brings together a set of articles by Professor Anton Scharer dealing with the themes of conversion, court culture and royal representation in Anglo-Saxon England and Carolingian Europe. It includes two previously unpublished papers, and another four specially translated into English for...

Chaucer, Langland, and Fourteenth-Century Literary History

Chaucer, Langland, and Fourteenth-Century Literary History

1st Edition

By Anne Middleton, edited by Steven Justice
June 12, 2019

Anne Middleton's essays have been among the most vigorous, learned, and influential in the field of medieval English literature. Their 'crux-busting' energies have illuminated local obscurities with generous learning lightly wielded. Their historically- and theoretically-informed meditations on the...

Cult Places and Cult Personnel in the Roman Empire

Cult Places and Cult Personnel in the Roman Empire

1st Edition

By Duncan Fishwick
June 12, 2019

The twenty-one studies assembled in this volume focus on the apparatus and practitioners of religions in the western Roman empire, the enclaves, temples, altars and monuments that served the cults of a wide range of divinities through the medium of priests and worshippers. Discussion focuses on ...

Islamic Astronomical Tables Mathematical Analysis and Historical Investigation

Islamic Astronomical Tables: Mathematical Analysis and Historical Investigation

1st Edition

By Benno van Dalen
June 12, 2019

This volume comprises nine articles on Islamic astronomy published since 1989 by Benno van Dalen. Van Dalen was the first historian of Islamic astronomy who made full use of the new possibilities of computers in the early 1990s. He implemented various statistical and numerical methods that can be ...

Les anciens répertoires de plain-chant

Les anciens répertoires de plain-chant

1st Edition

By Michel Huglo
June 12, 2019

The differences between Old-Roman, Ambrosian, Aquileian, Gallican, and Hispanic chant, and their interconnections with each other and the Gregorian chant occupied Michel Huglo in his early career, although he returned to these questions in the 1980s and 1990s. The present volume, the second in the ...

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