Margot Fassler wins 2012 Otto Gründler Book Prize

The Virgin of Chartres: Making History Through Liturgy and the Arts

Margot Fassler, Keough-Hesburgh Professor of Music History and Liturgy at the University of Notre Dame, was awarded the 2012 Otto Gründler Book Prize for her book The Virgin of Chartres: Making History Through Liturgy and the Arts.

From the Brink of the Apocalypse: Confronting Famine, War, Plague, and Death in the Later Middle Ages

From the Brink of the Apocalypse Confronting Famine, War, Plague and Death in the Later Middle Ages

Aberth writes in the tradition of Barbara Tuchman’s A Distant Mirror, both in his lively, readable style aimed at the nonspecialist and in his antiheroic, almost romantic portrayal of late medieval miseries.

Situational Poetics in Robert Henryson’s Testament of Cresseid

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This is the first full-length study of Henryson to appear in nearly a generation.

The Beast Within: Animals in the Middle Ages

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The Beast Within: Animals in the Middle Ages By Joyce Salisbury Second Edition Routledge, 2010 ISBN: 978-0-415-78095-7 Publisher’s Synopsis: This important book offers a unique exploration of the use of and attitude towards animals from the 4th to the 14th centuries. The Beast Within explores the varying roles of animals as property, food and sexual […]

Viking Trade and Settlement in Continental Western Europe

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Viking Trade and Settlement in Continental Western Europe Edited by Iben Skibsted Klæsøe Museum Tusculanum Press, 2011 ISBN: 978-87-635-0530-7 Publisher’s Synopsis: The European coastal areas and the lands around the rivers had great importance for the local populations, but also for the Vikings. The chapters presented in this volume, written by distinguished scholars in the […]

Mapping Medievalism at the Canadian Frontier

Mapping Medievalism at the Canadian Frontier

Mapping Medievalism at the Canadian Frontier Edited by Kathryn Brush Museum London, 2010 ISBN: 978-1-897215-30-2 Introduction: Art and cultural historians have traditionally examined the mythology of the Canadian frontier in light of the representation of the “wild” and “untamed” Canadian landscape produced by such artists as Tom Thompson and the Group of Seven in the […]

Du fait de cuisine / On Cookery of Master Chiquart (1420)

Master Chiquart

Du fait de cuisine / On Cookery of Master Chiquart (1420): “Aucune science de l’art de cuysinerie et de cuysine” Translated by Terence Scully Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, 2010 ISBN: 978-0-86698-402-7 The Archives of the Valais, Switzerland, hold a manuscript a culinary treatise of a certain Chiquart. Dated 1420, the Du fait […]

Bloodied Banners: Martial Display on the Medieval Battlefield

Bloodied Banners

Bloodied Banners: Martial Display on the Medieval Battlefield By Robert W. Jones Boydell Press, 2010 ISBN: 9781843835615 The medieval battlefield was a place of spectacle and splendour. The fully-armed knight, bedecked in his vivid heraldic colours, mounted on his great charger, riding out beneath his brightly-painted banner, is a stock image of war and the […]

A Who’s Who of Your Ancestral Saints

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A Who’s Who of Your Ancestral Saints By Alan J. Koman Genealogical Publishing Company, 2010 ISBN: 978-0-8063-1824-0 Publisher’s Synopsis: For anyone interested in his or her own genealogical links to medieval Europe and early Christianity, this book offers an extraordinary opportunity. For the first time, the lives of 275 early European saints are retold and […]

Trade in Artists’ Materials: Markets and Commerce in Europe to 1700

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Trade in Artists’ Materials: Markets and Commerce in Europe to 1700 Edited by Jo Kirby, Susie Nash and Joanna Cannon Archetype Publications, 2010 ISBN: 9781904982258 Where did artists buy their materials? Who prepared them? What did they cost? Where did they come from, and how? This volume draws together the international research in this new […]

The Ties that Bind: Essays in Medieval British History in Honor of Barbara Hanawalt

The Ties that Bind Essays in Medieval British History in Honor of Barbara Hanawalt

The Ties that Bind: Essays in Medieval British History in Honor of Barbara Hanawalt Edited by Douglas L. Biggs, Katherine L. French and Linda E. Mitchell Ashgate Publishing, 2010 ISBN: 978-1-4094-1154-3 This collection of essays, whose title echoes that of her most well-known book, celebrates the career of Barbara A. Hanawalt, emerita George III Professor […]

The Medieval World: An Illustrated Atlas

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The Medieval World: An Illustrated Atlas Edited by John M. Thompson National Geographic, 2010 ISBN: 978-1426205330 Publisher’s Description: Sumptuously illustrating the vivid parade of a thousand years of history, this comprehensive historical atlas concentrates on the Mediterranean world but also shows what happened across the globe between A.D. 400 and 1500 —from the fall of […]

The Chronicle of Prussia by Nicolaus von Jeroschin

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The Chronicle of Prussia by Nicolaus von Jeroschin: A History of the Teutonic Knights in Prussia, 1190–1331 Translated by Mary Fischer Ashgate Publishing, 2010 Crusade Texts in Translation, Vol. 20 ISBN: 978-0-7546-5309-7 This is the first English translation of the ‘Chronicle of Prussia’, which was written by Nicolaus von Jeroschin, in middle German verse, during […]

Crusaders massacre of Jerusalem was done in cold-blood, not religious frenzy, historian argues

15th century depiction of the massacre in Jerusalem

A leading historian of the Crusades believes that 1099 massacre of Jerusalem’s inhabitants by the army of the First Crusade was not the result of religious fervour, but rather, “the cold-blooded implementation of…’ethnic cleansing’.” In his recent article, “The Demographics of Urban Space in Crusade Period Jerusalem (1099-1187), Alan V. Murray of the University of […]

The Dance of Death in the Middle Ages: Image, Text, Performance

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The macabre encounter of skeletons mocking the living has haunted Case Western Reserve University art historian Elina Gertsman’s imagination since childhood walks with her grandfather through the St. Nicholas Church in Tallinn, Estonia (now the Art Museum of Estonia). That childhood fascination led to Gertsman’s newly published book, The Dance of Death in the Middle Ages: Image, […]

Book on Wollaton Medieval Manuscripts published

Wollaton Medieval Manuscripts

The largest surviving family-owned library of medieval manuscripts in Britain can now be enjoyed by everyone thanks to the publication of a new book telling its fascinating story. The Wollaton Medieval Manuscripts: Texts, Owners and Readers is the culmination of a major research project at The University of Nottingham into this nationally important regional collection. […]

Burial in Later Anglo-Saxon England c.650-1100 AD

Burial in Later Anglo-Saxon England c.650-1100 AD

Burial in Later Anglo-Saxon England c.650-1100 AD Edited by Jo Buckberry and Annia Cherryson Oxbow Books, 2010 ISBN: 978-1-84217-965-9 Publisher’s Synopsis: Traditionally the study of early medieval burial practices in England has focused on the furnished burials of the early Anglo-Saxon period with those of the later centuries perceived as uniform and therefore uninteresting. The […]

The Modulated Scream: Pain in Late Medieval Culture

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The Modulated Scream: Pain in Late Medieval Culture By Esther Cohen University of Chicago Press, 2010 ISBN: 9780226112671 Publisher’s Synopsis: In the late medieval era, pain could be a symbol of holiness, disease, sin, or truth. It could be encouragement to lead a moral life, a punishment for wrong doing, or a method of healing. […]

The Last Vikings: The Epic Story of the Great Norse Voyagers

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The Last Vikings: The Epic Story of the Great Norse Voyagers By Kirsten A. Seaver IB Tauris, 2010 ISBN: 9781845118693 Publisher’s Synopsis: Late in the tenth century, the Norse Vikings embarked on a voyage of no return. Leaving Iceland first for Greenland, from there they sailed onwards to North America, setting foot on its shores […]

Alfonso X, the Learned: A Biography

Alfonso X Biography

Alfonso X, the Learned: A Biography By H. Salvador Martínez. Translated by Odile Cisneros Brill, 2010 ISBN: 978 90 04 18147 2 Publisher’s Synopsis: Recent publications about King Alfonso X have tended to focus on his role as monarch in the context of the institutions of the realm. This book, however, emphasizes the human dimension […]

History Professor Publishes Groundbreaking Book on Monasticism and Gender

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In Dark Age Bodies: Gender and Monastic Practice in the Early Medieval West professor Lynda L. Coon, chair of the University of Arkansas’ department of history, reconstructs the gender ideology of monastic masculinity through an investigation of early medieval readings of the body. Focusing on the Carolingian era (ca. 751-987), Coon evaluates the ritual and liturgical […]

The Viking Age: A Reader

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The Viking Age: A Reader Edited by Angus A. Somerville and R. Andrew McDonald University of Toronto Press, 2010 ISBN: 9781442601482 Publisher’s Synopsis: The diversity of the Viking world is illuminated in more than 100 readings contained in this primary source reader. The Norse translations, many of them new, are straightforward and easily accessible for […]

Survival and Discord in Medieval Society: Essays in Honour of Christopher Dyer

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Survival and Discord in Medieval Society:  Essays in Honour of Christopher Dyer Edited by Richard Godard, John Langdon and Miriam Muller Brepols, 2010 ISBN: 978-2-503-52815-1 Publisher’s Synopsis: This book, a tribute to an exceptional scholar known for his broad-ranging interests, brings together the new work of students, friends, and colleagues of Prof. Dyer. The volume […]

Jan Hus: Religious Reform and Social Revolution in Bohemia

Jan Hus

Jan Hus: Religious Reform and Social Revolution in Bohemia By Thomas A. Fudge I.B.Tauris, 2010 ISBN: 9781848851429 A century before Martin Luther and the Reformation, Jan Hus confronted the official Church and helped to change the face of medieval Europe. A key figure in the history of Europe and Christianity and a catalyst for religious […]

“Truth” is a Divine Name: Hitherto Unpublished Papers of Edward A. Synan, 1918-1997.

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“Truth” is a Divine Name: Hitherto Unpublished Papers of Edward A. Synan, 1918-1997 Edited by Janice L. Schultz-Aldrich Rodopi, 2010 ISBN: 978-90-420-3154-8 This volume contains essays on an array of topics originally presented orally by a master teacher and scholar. With characteristic rhetorical elegance, Msgr. Synan, late professor at the Pontifical Institute in Toronto, delivered […]

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