Past Imperfect

Past Imperfect presents concise critical overviews of the latest research by the world’s leading scholars. Subjects cross the full range of fields in the period ca. 400-1500 CE which, in a European context, is known as the Middle Ages. Anyone interested in this period will be enthralled and enlightened by these overviews, written in provocative but accessible language. These affordable paperbacks prove that the era still retains a powerful resonance and impact throughout the world today.

Geographical Scope

Medieval Europe, Global Studies, Middle Eastern and Islamic History

Chronological Scope

ca. 400-1500 CE


The readership of these short, affordable books comprises principally fellow scholars in late antique, medieval, and early modern studies as a whole (but authors should not assume that they are specialists in the specific topic) and postgraduate and undergraduate students. Additionally we aspire to reach the wider educated public through making the book easily available on various national Amazon online stores. The books should be written in a scholarly idiom, but one that is accessible to these different audiences.

Author Guidelines

For more information on preparing a volume for this series see the guidance page.

Evaluation and Peer Review

This brand of compact volumes is developed through personal invitation of specialists capable of writing a concise, short monograph in the “edgy” style described below. The invitation is based on the press’s research into suitable scholars who are already established authorities in the field. Notwithstanding, all submitted manuscripts are subject to peer review from an independent expert chosen by the press. The peer review questionnaire is modified from the press’s standard form, to reflect the particular demands of this type of publication.

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Titles Published

All available as paperback, PDF e-book, and ePUB.

Titles in Production or Contracted (in order of scheduled appearance)

Camilo Gómez-Rivas (University of California, Santa Cruz), The Almoravid Maghreb

Marilyn Dunn (University of Glasgow, School of Humanities), Arianism

Katalin Szende (CEU, Budapest), Medieval Towns of Central Europe

Brenda Llewellyn Ihssen (Pacific Lutheran University), Medieval Medicine on the Margins

Scott John McDonough (William Paterson University), Sasanian Iran

Martin J. Ryan (University of Manchester), The Anglo-Saxons

Peter Webb (Leiden University), The Hajj

John Eldevik (Hamilton College), The Legend of Prester John

Alicia Spencer-Hall (Queen Mary, University of London), Medieval Twitter

David Álvarez Jiménez (Universidad Internacional de La Rioja), The Vandals

Marica Cassis (Memorial University of Newfoundland), Byzantine Archaeology

Annie Montgomery Labatt (University of Texas at San Antonio), Byzantine Rome

Sarah Davis-Secord (University of New Mexico), Migration in the Mediterranean

Jan Cemper-Kiesslich (University of Salzburg), Molecular Archaeology

Alex Mallett (Waseda University), Christian-Muslim Relations during the Crusades

Madi Williams (University of Canterbury), Polynesia, 900-1600

Klaus Peter Oschema (University of Bochum), The Idea of Europe

Darlene Lynn Brooks Hedstrom (Wittenberg University), The Desert Fathers

Helen Jane Nicholson (Cardiff University), The Knights Templar

Youval Rotman (Tel Aviv University), Mediterranean Slaveries

Hyun Jin Kim (University of Melbourne), The Huns of Europe

Anne E. Lester (Johns Hopkins University), Crusades and Devotion

Alice Isabella Sullivan (University of Michigan), Europe’s Eastern Christian Frontier