Reference Works: Companions, Handbooks, Encyclopaedias

Arc Humanities’ Reference Works bring together the best of international research in authoritative edited collections that have enduring benefit to scholars and students alike. Topics are carefully selected to last the test of time and, in the best cases, these works are consulted for decades. The programme includes historical, textual, and material source books, readers for students that collate and curate required essays for courses, and our Companion programme.

Arc’s Companions programme includes curated volumes that have a global perspective and that earn their shelf space by their authoritative and comprehensive content, up-to-date information, accessibility, and relevance. As well as providing an overview of the topics, contributing authors are encouraged to challenge the status quo, and recognise contentious issues and cutting-edge concerns. The Companions acknowledge diversity and inclusivity, and open students up to the idea that research is evolving, debatable, and contested and not always definitive.

Arc also publishes a small number of themed multi-volume collections that bring together the most significant published work in the area, edited by a renowned expert in the field who selects the essays and contributes an introduction that presents an overview of the topic. The essays are re-set and reproduced in full and indexed in elegantly bound multi-volume sets. They constitute a major resource for libraries, students, and scholars.

The Encyclopedia of the Global Middle Ages

The Encyclopedia of the Global Middle Ages is a new and exclusive reference work written by an international group of scholars which combines thematic overviews, primary source analyses, and core case studies. Compared with previous such publications it aims to be both inclusive and global, and to present medieval studies in a forward-looking way. Together with our partners, Bloomsbury Academic, who will be placing this resource at the heart of their new online medieval platform.

Arc is commissioning several hundred scholars to write articles, whether general introductions to topics, case-studies, articles on objects or the material culture of the period, and guides to further study and research. The encyclopedic material will be searchable interactively, linked to a wealth of visual and pedagogical resources, making it accessible to scholars, teachers, and students alike.

Available as part of the online Bloomsbury Medieval Studies platform..


Premodern Europe and the global world, Eurasian connections – 3rd-17th centuries

Evaluation and Peer Review

This brand of single and multi-volume works is developed through personal invitation of specialists capable of bringing together a comprehensive study of a topic, particularly one that takes a more global or confrontational perspective than heretofore. 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.

Editorial Contact

Titles Published (Companions)

All available as hardback and as PDF e-book.

Titles Published (Reference)

All available as hardback, sometimes as a paperback too, and as PDF e-book.

Encyclopedia of the Global Middle Ages

Titles in Production or Contracted (link coming soon)