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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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Greeks and Latins in Renaissance Italy Studies on Humanism and Philosophy in the 15th Century

Greeks and Latins in Renaissance Italy: Studies on Humanism and Philosophy in the 15th Century

1st Edition

By John Monfasani
June 10, 2019

The twelve essays in this new collection by John Monfasani examine how, in particular cases, Greek émigrés, Italian humanists, and Latin scholastics reacted with each other in surprising and important ways. After an opening assessment of Greek migration to Renaissance Italy, the essays range from ...

Histoire du droit savant (13e–18e siècle) Doctrines et vulgarisation par incunables

Histoire du droit savant (13e–18e siècle): Doctrines et vulgarisation par incunables

1st Edition

By Robert Feenstra
June 10, 2019

This third selection of articles by Robert Feenstra complements the two previously published, continuing his studies of doctrines of private law and of texts related to university teaching from the 13th century into the early modern period. In the section on private law, some pieces deal with the ...

Humour and Humanism in the Renaissance

Humour and Humanism in the Renaissance

1st Edition

By Barbara C. Bowen
June 10, 2019

Of the articles in this volume, eight concern a world-famous author (François Rabelais); the others are studies of little-known authors (Cortesi, Corrozet, Mercier) or genres (the joke, the apophthegm). The common theme, in all but one, is humour: how it was defined, and how used, by orators and ...

Latin Rhetoric and Education in the Middle Ages and Renaissance

Latin Rhetoric and Education in the Middle Ages and Renaissance

1st Edition

By James J. Murphy
June 10, 2019

The essays in this volume deal with the history of rhetoric and education for the thousand years from the early Middle Ages to the European Renaissance. They represent the author's pioneering efforts over four decades to piece together a kind of mosaic which will provide elements necessary to ...

Latins, Greeks and Muslims: Encounters in the Eastern Mediterranean, 10th-15th Centuries

Latins, Greeks and Muslims: Encounters in the Eastern Mediterranean, 10th-15th Centuries

1st Edition

By David Jacoby
June 10, 2019

Trade, shipping, military conquest, migration and settlement in the eastern Mediterranean of the 10th-15th centuries generated multiple encounters between states, social and 'national' groups, and individuals belonging to Latin Christianity, Byzantium and the Islamic world. The nature of these ...

Law and Religion in Chaucer's England

Law and Religion in Chaucer's England

1st Edition

By Henry Ansgar Kelly
June 10, 2019

These essays, in a second collection by Professor Kelly, investigate legal and religious subjects touching on the age and places in which Geoffrey Chaucer lived and wrote, especially as reflected in the more contemporary sections of the Canterbury Tales. Topics include the canon law of incest (...

Les sources du plain-chant et de la musique médiévale

Les sources du plain-chant et de la musique médiévale

1st Edition

By Michel Huglo
June 10, 2019

The origin and development of Western plainchant, and of the genres of liturgical book in which it is recorded, have occupied Michel Huglo throughout his long career, which has taken him to libraries in every corner of Europe and the United States. This volume, the first in a set of four to appear ...

Lyell and Darwin, Geologists Studies in the Earth Sciences in the Age of Reform

Lyell and Darwin, Geologists: Studies in the Earth Sciences in the Age of Reform

1st Edition

By Martin J.S. Rudwick
June 10, 2019

The studies in this second volume by Martin Rudwick (the first being The New Science of Geology: Studies in the Earth Science in the Age of Reform) focus on the figures of Charles Lyell and Charles Darwin. Lyell rose to be of pivotal importance in the second quarter of the 19th century because he ...

Markets, Trade and Economic Development in England and Europe, 1050-1550

Markets, Trade and Economic Development in England and Europe, 1050-1550

1st Edition

By Richard Britnell
June 10, 2019

England's economy between 1050 and 1550 mirrored that of much of continental Europe in its growing dependence upon trade over both short distances and long. The essays in this collection are the fruit of forty years of research into the complex and interrelated issues involved. Describing this ...

Medieval Manuscripts in Post-Medieval England

Medieval Manuscripts in Post-Medieval England

1st Edition

By Andrew G. Watson
June 10, 2019

Two themes uniting the essays in this collection are the provenance and history of medieval manuscripts during the Middle Ages, and the fates that befell them in England in the period after the invention of printing and the 16th-century dissolution of the religious houses and visitations of the ...

Medieval Narbonne A City at the Heart of the Troubadour World

Medieval Narbonne: A City at the Heart of the Troubadour World

1st Edition

By Jacqueline Caille, Kathryn L. Reyerson
June 10, 2019

This volume presents a series of studies by Jacqueline Caille, acknowledged as the leading expert on medieval Narbonne, which chart the development and history of the city from its Roman origins to its decline in the late Middle Ages. They focus on the period of Narbonne's heyday, from the mid-11th...

On the Economic Encounter Between Asia and Europe, 1500-1800

On the Economic Encounter Between Asia and Europe, 1500-1800

1st Edition

By Om Prakash
June 10, 2019

The history of the economic contacts between Asia and Europe dates back to at least the early years of the Common Era. But it was only after the overcoming of the transport technology barrier to the growth of trade between the two continents following the discovery by the Portuguese at the end of ...

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