We have added three more ebooks to our Patreon Shop, which include a translation of Beowulf, a look at judicial combats, and a guide for recreating early medieval art.
Beowulf: A Verse Translation for Students, by Edward L. Risden
Noted Beowulf scholar E. L. Risden has crafted a translation of the famed Anglo-Saxon epic that is accessible even to students with no previous familiarity with medieval literature, preserving the beauty of the original verse without sacrificing accuracy. Risden’s translation presents the tale of the warrior Beowulf and his lifetime of intrigue, heroic deeds, and battles with monsters, and his ultimate confrontation with a dragon. Risden’s Beowulf is the exciting yarn of adventure that should electrify the imagination of every student.
Formal Combats in the Fourteenth Century, by Steven Muhlberger
This book presents the lifetime of scholarship by respected professor Steven Muhlberger in an accessible format that will engage both scholars and amateur enthusiasts alike. Adapted from various scholarly addresses over Muhlberger’s career, each chapter represents a different element of formal combat. Muhlberger presents formal combats as neither senseless violence, nor stylized maneuvering, but rather as controlled violence with deep personal and political implications. He examines formal combats both among nobles and non-nobles, questioning what these deeds meant practically, culturally, and morally.
Insular Art Forms: Their Essence and Construction, by Robert Stevick
Building on years of research into medieval manuscript design and construction, Stevick has produced a masterpiece examining the ingenious ways in which insular scribes used geometry and mathematics to produce complex and beautiful designs. Insular Art Forms is the only guide that offers both a true scholarly study of these methods and the means for modern readers to reproduce them.
All three books, which are from Witan Publishing, come in ePub format. They are part of our growing collection of ebooks and digital maps that we are now available on our Patreon page (and you do not need to be a member of our Patreon to buy them).