Beyond Medieval Europe

Beyond Medieval Europe publishes monographs and edited volumes that evoke medieval Europe’s geographic, cultural, and religious diversity, while highlighting the interconnectivity of the entire region, understood in the broadest sense – from Dublin to Constantinople, Novgorod to Toledo. The individuals who inhabited this expansive territory built cities, cultures, kingdoms, and religions that impacted their locality and the world around them in manifold ways.

Submissions may be monographs or edited volumes of 70,000 or more words (particularly of interest in this regard are volumes which bring together the work of scholars from various disciplines and modern regions), or shorter “minigraphs” of 45,000 to 60,000 words.


Geographical Scope

Europe, including the Latin East during the period of the Crusades

Chronological Scope

793 – 1453


Interconnectivity, medieval eastern Europe, wider medieval Europe, Byzantium, Baltic world, Centre / Periphery Relations, micro-Christendoms

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Titles Published

All available as hardback and as PDF e-book.

Titles in Production or Contracted

Márta Font (University of Pécs) and Gábor Barabás (University of Pécs), Coloman, King of Galicia and  Duke of Slavonia  (1208–1241): On the Border of Two Worlds

Nathan Leidholm (University of Chicago), The Form and Function of Elite Byzantine Kinship, c. 950-1204

Jakub Morawiec et al. (University of Silesia), Social Norms in Medieval Scandinavia

Dženan Dautović (Sarajevo), Emir O. Filipović (Sarajevo), and Neven Isailović (Inst. of History in Belgrade), Medieval Bosnia and Southeast Europe: Political, Religious, and Cultural Life at the Crossroads of the Adriatic World

Juan Antonio Álvarez-Pedrosa and Enrique Santos Marinas (both Universidad Complutense, Madrid), Rituals in Slavic Pre-Christian Religion: A Linguistic and Historical Analysis of Festivals, Banqueting, and Divination

Marta Graczyńska (National Museum, Krakow), Architecture and Power in Early Central Europe

Radosław Kotecki (Kazimierz Wielki University), Carsten Selch Jensen (University of Copenhagen), and Stephen Bennett (Queen Mary University of London), Christianity and War in Medieval East-Central Europe and Scandinavia

Lukas Grzybowski (Universidade Estadual de Londrina), The Christianization of Scandinavia in the Viking Era: The Concept of Religious Change in Adam of Bremen’s Historical Work

Cameron Sutt (Austin Peay State), The Society of Medieval Hungary under the Árpáds

Tomislav Matić (Catholic University of Croatia), Bishop John Vitez and Early Renaissance Central Europe

Titles in Production or Contracted from the former Black Sea World Series

Hasan Çolak (Leiden), The Ottoman-Greek Diaspora of Early-Modern Amsterdam: Free Agency and Relations between Merchants and the State

Ovidiu Cristea (Bucharest-Institute of History “Nicolae Iorga”), The “Long War” against the Turks, 1593-1606: Wallachia’s Story

Maryam Kamali (Harvard University) Social Changes in Persia during the Abbasid Caliphate: The Perspective of Persian Language Historiography

Liviu Pilat (“Al. I. Cuza” University, Iaşi), Power, Espionage, and Corruption in the Sixteenth Century: Ottoman & Habsburg Moldavia

Başak Burcu Eke (Kayseri, Turkey), Reading Seljuk Women’s Role and Identity in Medieval Islam through Art

Series Editor

Dr. Christian Alexander Raffensperger

Professor Raffensperger obtained his B.A. from Bates College in Lewiston, Maine, and his M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Chicago. His first book, released by Harvard University Press, won the Ohio Academy of History Publication Award in 2013 and is titled, “Reimagining Europe: Kievan Rus’ in the Medieval World, 988–1146.” It deals with the relationship of Rus’ (the medieval kingdom that will become Russia, Ukraine, and Belarus) to the rest of Europe. It specifically focuses on the dynastic marriages made between the ruling family of Rus’, the Volodimerovichi, and the other ruling families of Europe. These marriages formed a web of connections that tied Rus’ firmly into the fabric of Europe during this period.  Those marital connections are the subject of his second book entitled, “Ties of Kinship: Genealogy and Dynastic Marriage in Kyivan Rus‘” (Harvard Ukrainian Research Institute, 2016) which also provides a complete genealogy for the Volodimerovichi through the mid–twelfth century (this project has a parallel digital humanities component which can be viewed at This project has generated recent interest, due to the political situation in modern Ukraine and Ties of Kinship was part of Dr. Raffensperger’s editorial at the Washington Post, as well as the subject of an article by the Harvard Ukrainian Research Institute.

Currently he is at work on a new project focusing on intra–familial conflicts in medieval central and eastern Europe, and how those families manage those conflicts through the creation of “situational kinship networks,” as a way to mitigate the effects of the conflicts.

Professor Raffensperger was on sabbatical during the 2013-2014 academic year as a Eugene and Daymel Shklar Research Fellow at the Harvard Ukrainian Research Institute. He is currently an Associate of the Harvard Ukrainian Research Institute as well. Professor Raffensperger is also active in multiple scholarly organizations. He currently serves on the governing board of both the Byzantine Studies Association of North America and the Ohio Academy of History. He is also a founding member of the editorial board for the journal, The Medieval GlobeThe Medieval Globe‘s goal is to bring scholarly interconnectivity to our modern understanding of the medieval world.

Digital Humanities has become one of Professor Raffensperger’s interests over the course of working on his own project – the Rusian Genealogical Database. This website, which uses a back end XML database was developed in conjunction with David J. Birnbaum of the University of Pittsburgh. In conjunction with this project, the Harvard Ukrainian Research Institute sponsored the development of a genealogy map, as part of their Mapa project, to highlight the interconnectivity of medieval Europe using this dynastic marriage date (for more information see the Rusian Genealogy Map). These applications are only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to digital humanities. Collected here are some of the many Digital Humanities resources and projects that students, and fellow academics both, can use for their own research.

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Editorial Board

Prof. Balázs Nagy

Associate Professor, Department of Medieval and Early Modern European History, Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest

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Prof. Leonora Neville

I am an historian of the medieval eastern Mediterranean, specializing in the society and culture of the eastern Roman Empire (the Byzantine Empire) in the ninth through twelfth centuries. I have strong interests in the late antique and classical antecedents of the medieval eastern Mediterranean cultures.

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