Packages

Medieval Studies Samples

2022 Publications (sign-up by Sept. 2021)

Global or Non-Western History

Bar Kribus (Hebrew Univ., Jerusalem), Ethiopian Jewish Monasticism and Material Culture: The Betä Ǝsra’el (Ethiopian Jewish) monastic movement is the only Jewish monastic movement known to have existed in medieval or modern times. This is the first comprehensive attempt to locate Betä Ǝsra’el monasteries, study their remains, and, through this study, shed light on Betä Ǝsra’el monastic practices. Complimenting the material remains is an examination of the Betä Ǝsra’el oral tradition and of eyewitness accounts of encounters with Betä Ǝsra’el monks.

Maryam Kamali (Harvard Univ.), Social Changes in Persia during the Abbasid Caliphate: The Persian world in medieval times has rarely been studied comprehensively as a discrete identity, separate from the Abbasid caliphate. This book enriches our understanding of social change in medieval Iran under the rule of the Abbasids, applying sociological theory to the field of history in a manner that is not merely comprehensible but engaging for the reader. As a historical study, this investigation asks questions of structure, agency, power, space, and time, to address the profound transformations experienced within medieval Iranian society (750-1258)—in particular, how the interactions of social agents and structures aimed at achieving independence from the Abbasids.

Inclusive Research

Charlotte E. Cooper (Univ. of Oxford), Christine de Pizan – Empowering Women through Text and Image: It is well-known that in several of her works, Christine de Pizan actively sought to valorize and empower women. Whilst numerous examinations have shown that Christine sought to empower women through her texts, this book demonstrates that the visual programmes of her works offer further evidence of Christine’s championing women in their role as educators and activists, whilst challenging some assumptions made about gender in Christine’s works.

The Impact of the Past Today

Nadia R. Altschul (Glasgow Univ.) and Maria Ruhlmann, eds., Iberoamerican Neomedievalisms: The first volume fully dedicated to global medievalisms. It examines “the Middle Ages” and its uses in Iberoamerica: the Spanish and Portuguese American postcolonies.
It is an especially timely topic as scholars in medievalism studies become increasingly conscious that the field has different trajectories outside Europe and beyond the English-speaking world. The collection provides needed alternatives to the by-now standardized understanding of neomedievalism as allied to nationalism, nostalgia, xenophobia, origin stories, elitism, and white Christian identity.

Usha Vishnuvajjala (Cardiff Univ.), Feminist Medievalisms: Examines feminist medievalisms over the period from ca. 1800 to the present day existing alongside or in tension with their better-studied masculinist or misogynist counterparts. Careful and illuminating analysis of particular moments, in medievalist fiction, film, political discourse, and embodied practices, reveals the false binary between feminism and medievalism and dismantles the myth that medievalism is solely a masculinist or misogynist cultural space. The book covers Jane Austen’s work and its afterlives, the 1930s of Virginia Woolf, depictions of women in Arthurian film and television, women and participatory medievalism, and the treatment of female figures in contemporary political discourse.

Research Excellence*

Hope J. Williard (Univ. of Lincoln Library), Friendship in the Merovingian Kingdoms: Venantius Fortunatus and his Contemporaries: The first study to focus on friendship and patronage in the Merovingian kingdoms. Among the post-imperial kingdoms of the early medieval west, the Merovingians provide a unique body of evidence for relationships of friendship and patronage. Letters, poetry, and hagiography of the period show how late antique ideals of friendship and patronage continued to be significant in the post-imperial world.

Jessica O’Leary (Monash Univ.), Elite Women as Diplomatic Agents in Italy and Hungary, 1470-1510: This book explores the diplomatic role of women in early modern European dynastic networks through the study of Aragonese marriage alliances in late fifteenth-century Italy and Hungary. It challenges the frequent erasure of dynastic wives from diplomatic and political narratives to show how elite women were diplomatically active agents for two dynasties.

Foundational Research (incl. Editions)

Francis Young (Fellow of the Royal Historical Society), Pagans in the Early Modern Baltic: Sixteenth-Century Ethnographic Accounts of Baltic Paganism: This volume brings together several Latin texts on Baltic paganism, none of which have hitherto been translated into English. A critical introduction places these texts, which are of interest far beyond the field of Central European history, in the contexts of early modern ethnography, Baltic history, and Reformation religious polemic.

John Jenkins (Univ. of York), The Customary of the Shrine of St. Thomas Becket at Canterbury Cathedral: Latin Text and Translation: The shrine of St. Thomas Becket at Canterbury Cathedral was one of the most popular pilgrim destinations in medieval Europe, as well as the focal point for the liturgy of the cathedral’s monastic community. In 1428 the keepers of the shrine composed a customary detailing the day-to-day management of the shrine, including the opening hours, decoration, maintenance, and staffing, amongst other things. This unique survival offers a rare glimpse into the realities of organising a pilgrimage site in a major medieval church, and the Latin text with facing English translation is provided for the first time. A comprehensive introduction and extensive notes set the Customary within the context of the cathedral, its liturgy, and pilgrim practice more widely.

Notes: these titles have all been positively peer-reviewed and either have been delivered for production or soon will have. A definitive list of titles per category will be supplied in September.

* The Research Excellence category offers OA possibilities to scholars in positions ineligible for research funding (e.g., librarians or contingent scholars), early career researchers, emeriti/ae, or independent scholars.

Early Modern Studies Samples

2022 Publications (sign-up by Sept. 2021)

Art & Culture of the Dutch «Golden Age»

East & Southeast Asian History

Women and Gender Studies

Research Excellence*

Notes: these titles have all been positively peer-reviewed and either have been delivered for production or soon will have. A definitive list of titles per category will be supplied in September.

* The Research Excellence category offers OA possibilities to scholars in positions ineligible for research funding (e.g., librarians or contingent scholars), early career researchers, or independent scholars.