Telling Images: Chaucer and the Imagery of Narrative II

Telling Images

Telling Images: Chaucer and the Imagery of Narrative II By V.A. Kolve Stanford University Press, 2009 ISBN:  9780804776585 Telling Images investigates certain symbolic traditions in Geoffrey Chaucer’s major poetry and their relationship to the visual culture of his time. With more than 150 illustrations, it continues an inquiry begun in the author’s prize-winning study, Chaucer […]

Arguments, Texts, and Contexts: Anselm’s Argument and the Friars

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Arguments, Texts, and Contexts: Anselm’s Argument and the Friars Matthews, Scott Medieval Philosophy and Theology 8 (1999) Abstract The contrast between the reception of Anselm’s Proslogion in the work of Bonaventure and in the work of Thomas Aquinas is often held up as a classic example of their competing intellectual assumptions. Some have located the […]

The Golden Summary of Cinggis Qayan

Golden summary of cinggis qayan

The Golden Summary of Cinggis Qayan By Leland Liu Rogers Harrassowitz Verlag, 2009 ISBN: 978-3-447-06074-5 The Golden Summary of Cinggis Qayan (Cinggis Qayan-u Altan Tobci) is the earliest post-Mongol Empire period compilation of legends of the Genghis Khan mythos known to date. These stories are the original legends from which many later Genghis Khan Chronicles were […]

Article on Old English Bede, Book on Frankish Formulae, win Royal Historical Society prizes

Legal Practice and the Written Word in the Early Middle Ages

The Royal Historical Society announced their awards for outstanding historical scholarship and achievement earlier this summer, and two young medievalists came out as winners. George Molyneaux of Oxford University won the Alexander Prize for his article “The Old English Bede: English Ideology or Christian Instruction?”, while Dr. Alice Rio of King’s College, London, received the […]

The Maps of Matthew Paris

Maps of Matthew Paris

The Maps of Matthew Paris: Medieval Journeys through Space, Time and Liturgy By Daniel K. Connolly Boydell and Brewer, 2009 ISBN: 9781843834786 The illustrations of the Benedictine monk, artist, and chronicler Matthew Paris offer a gateway into the thirteenth-century world. This new study of his cartography emphasises the striking innovations he brought to it, and shows […]

Landscape with Two Saints: How Genovefa of Paris and Brigit of Kildare Built Christianity in Barbarian Europe

Landscape with Two Saints

Landscape with Two Saints: How Genovefa of Paris and Brigit of Kildare Built Christianity in Barbarian Europe By Lisa Bitel Oxford University Press, 2009 ISBN: 9780195336528 At a time when Europeans still longed to be Roman and were just learning to be Christian, two extraordinary holy women – Genovefa of Paris (ca. 420-502) and Brigit […]

Licoricia of Winchester: Marriage, Motherhood and Murder in the Medieval Anglo-Jewish Community

Licoricia of Winchester

Licoricia of Winchester: Marriage, Motherhood and Murder in the Medieval Anglo-Jewish Community By Suzanne Bartlet Vallentine Mithcell, 2009 ISBN:  978-05-85303-822-1 On a spring day in 1277, the prominent Jewish businesswoman Licoricia of Winchester was found by her daughter murdered, stabbed to death in her own house. Alongside Licoricia’s body was that of her Christian maid, […]

Hofstaðir: Excavations of a Viking Age Feasting Hall in North-Eastern Iceland

Hofstaðir. Excavations of a Viking Age Feasting Hall in North-Eastern Iceland

Hofstaðir: Excavations of a Viking Age Feasting Hall in North-Eastern Iceland Edited by Gavin Lucas Institute of Archaeology (Iceland), 2009 An international group of 45 archaeologists provide an in-depth and detailed analysis and interpretation of the 1992-2002 investigations of this classic site. At about 500 pages with over 200 illustrations, the volume represents a landmark […]

Records, Administration and Aristocratic Society in the Anglo-Norman Realm

Records, Administration and Aristocratic Society in the Anglo-Norman Realm: Papers Commemorating the 800th Anniversary of King John’s Loss of Normandy Edited by Nicholas Vincent Boydell, 2009 ISBN: 9781843834854 The major theme of this volume is the records of the Anglo-Norman realm, and how they are used separately and in combination to construct the history of […]

A Companion to the Great Western Schism (1378-1417)

A Companion to the Great Western Schism (1378-1417) Edited by Joëlle Rollo-Koster and Thomas M. Izbicki Brill, 2009 ISBN: 978 90 04 16277 8 The division of the Church or Schism that took place between 1378 and 1417 had no precedent in Christianity. No conclave since the twelfth century had acted as had those in […]

Shakespeare and the Middle Ages

In 2009 two books were published, each with the same title. Here is some details about both books: Shakespeare and the Middle Ages: Essays on the Performance and Adaptation of the Plays with Medieval Sources or Settings Edited by Martha W. Driver and Sid Ray McFarland Publishing, 2009 ISBN 978-0-7864-3405-3 Every generation reinvents Shakespeare for […]

Medieval Dublin IX

Medieval Dublin IX Edited by Seán Duffy Four Courts Press, 2009 ISBN: 978-1-84682-171-4 This is the ninth volume of published proceedings of the Friends of Medieval Dublin Symposia held annually in Trinity College Dublin. It contains, as usual, reports on recent archaeological excavations and papers of historical interest. Claire Walsh reveals what she found when […]

Great Houses, Moats and Mills on the South Bank of the Thames

Great Houses, Moats and Mills on the South Bank of the Thames: Medieval and Tudor Southwark and Rotherhithe By Simon Blatherwick and Richard Bluer Museum of London Archaeology Service, 2009 ISBN: 978-1-901992-83-0 Regeneration in the 1980s-90s on the south bank of the Thames resulted in archaeological and historical investigations at Platform Wharf, Rotherhithe, and next […]

Conquest: The English Kingdom of France 1417-1450

Conquest: The English Kingdom of France 1417-1450 By Juliet Barker Little Brown, 2009 ISBN: 9781408700839 Author of the best-selling AGINCOURT, Juliet Barker now tells the equally remarkable, but largely forgotten, story of the dramatic years when England ruled France at the point of a sword. Henry V’s second invasion of France in 1417 launched a […]

The North Atlantic Frontier of Medieval Europe

The North Atlantic Frontier of Medieval Europe

The North Atlantic Frontier of Medieval Europe Edited by James Muldoon Ashgate Publishing, 2009 ISBN: 978-0-7546-5958-7 Discussion of medieval European expansion tends to focus on expansion eastward and the crusades. The selection of studies reprinted here, however, focuses on the other end of Eurasia, where dwelled the warlike Celts, and beyond whom lay the north seas and […]

Absolutism in Renaissance Milan: Plenitude of Power under the Visconti and the Sforza 1329-1535

Absolutism in Renaissance Milan: Plenitude of Power under the Visconti and the Sforza 1329-1535 By Jane Black Oxford University Press, 2009 ISBN:  9780199565290 Absolutism in Renaissance Milan shows how authority above the law, once the preserve of pope and emperor, was claimed by the ruling Milanese dynasties, the Visconti and the Sforza, and why this […]

The Lady Queen: The Notorious Reign of Joanna I

The Lady Queen: The Notorious Reign of Joanna I, Queen of Naples, Jerusalem and Sicily

The Lady Queen: The Notorious Reign of Joanna I By Nancy Goldstone Walker & Company, 2009 ISBN: 978-0802716705 On March 15, 1348, Joanna I, Queen of Naples, stood trial for her life before the Pope and his court in Avignon. She was twenty-two years old. Her cousin and husband, Prince Andrew of Hungary, had recently […]

The Visigoths in History and Legend

The Visigoths

The Visigoths in History and Legend By J.N. Hillgarth Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies, 2009 ISBN: 978–0–88844–166–9 This book explores one of the central myths of Spain: the idea that Spanish culture arose from that of the Visigoths. It begins with a sketch of Visigothic history, then proceeds to explore attitudes towards the Goths and legends […]

Lost to the West: The Forgotten Byzantine Empire That Rescued Western Civilization

Lost to the West: The Forgotten Byzantine Empire That Rescued Western Civilization By Lars Brownworth Crown Publishing, 2009 ISBN: 978-0-307-40795-5 In AD 476 the Roman Empire fell – or rather, its western half did. Its eastern half, which would come to be known as the Byzantine Empire, would endure and often flourish for another eleven […]

The Grand Strategy of the Byzantine Empire

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The Grand Strategy of the Byzantine Empire By Edward N. Luttwak Harvard University Press, 2009 ISBN: 978-0-674-03519-5 In this book, the distinguished writer Edward Luttwak presents the grand strategy of the eastern Roman empire we know as Byzantine, which lasted more than twice as long as the more familiar western Roman empire, eight hundred years by […]

The Invention of the Jewish People

The Invention of the Jewish People By Shlomo Sand Verso, 2009 ISBN: 978-1844674220 Publisher’s Description: Leading Israeli historian evaluates the national myth of the Jewish exile from the promised land All modern nation states have a story of their origins, passed down through both official and popular culture, and yet few of these accounts have […]

Hildegard of Bingen and her Gospel Homilies

Hildegard of Bingen and her Gospel Homilies: Speaking New Mysteries By Beverly M. Kienzle Brepols, 2009 ISBN: 978-2-503-51777-3 Hildegard of Bingen (1098-1179), the only medieval woman known to have authored systematic works of exegesis, composed fifty-eight little-studied Expositiones euangeliorum, homilies on twenty-seven Gospel passages. Hildegard described her divine charge to restore the tottering faith of […]

Rewriting the Middle Ages in the Twentieth Century

Rewriting the Middle Ages in the Twentieth Century, Volume II, National Traditions Edited by J. Aurell Cardona and J. Pavón Benito Brepols, 2009 ISBN: 978-2-503-53144-1 The first volume of Rewriting the Middle Ages in the Twentieth Century, published in 2005 by Brepols, gathered twenty profiles of key medievalists of the 20th century, and was preceded […]

Ancient Warfare

Ancient Warfare

Ancient Warfare Edited by John Carman and Anthony Harding The History Press, 2009 ISBN: 978-0-7524-5471-9 The authors examine the evidence of warfare in the prehistoric and early historical period to throw fresh light on the motives and methods of the combatants. By integrating archaeological and documentary research, the contributors seek to explain why some sides […]

Fish and Fishermen In English Medieval Church Wall Paintings

Fish and Fishermen In English Medieval Church Wall Paintings By Frederick Buller Medlar Press, 2009 ISBN: 978-1-899600-98-4 Fred Buller is well respected as one of angling’s great historians but this book is something a little different. It’s a book that has been many years in the making and reveals Fred’s obsession with medieval representations of fishing, […]

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