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.

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.

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

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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)

Rodrigo Laham Cohen (Buenos Aires), The Jews in Late Antiquity

Kriston Rennie (Queensland), Medieval Canon Law

James Palmer (St Andrews), Early Medieval Hagiography

Juliana Grigg (Monash, Vic.), The Picts Re-Imagined

Matthew Cheung Salisbury (Oxford), Medieval Worship

Catherine Clarke (Southampton), Medieval Cityscapes Today

Christine Baker (Indiana, PA), Medieval Islamic Sectarianism

Susan Marian Oosthuizen (Cambridge), The Emergence of the English

Jamie Wood (Lincoln), The Goths

Timothy May (North Georgia-Dahlonega), The Mongols

Scott McDonough (William Paterson, NJ), Sasanian Iran

Marilyn Dunn (Glasgow), Arianism

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

Dorothy Kim (Vassar, NY), Digital Whiteness & Medieval Studies

Sæbjørg Nordeide (Bergen) and Kevin Edwards (Aberdeen), The Vikings

Ana Rodriguez (CSIC, Madrid), Women and Power in the Middle Ages

Alicia Spencer-Hall (Queen Mary’s, London), Medieval Twitter

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

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

Leonora Neville (Wisconsin-Madison), Byzantine Gender

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

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

Camilo Gómez-Rivas (UC Santa Cruz), The Almoravid Maghreb

Marika Mägi (Tallinn), The Eastern Vikings

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

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

Scott Bruce (Colorado-Boulder), Monks at Work

Anne E. Lester (University of Colorado Boulder), Crusades and Devotion

Peter Webb (SOAS, London), The Hajj

John Eldevik (Hamilton), The Legend of Prester John

David Álvarez Jiménez (La Rioja), The Vandals

Francois Soyer (Southampton), Medieval Anti-Semitism?

Anna Linden Weller (Uppsala University), The Medieval Armenians

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

Stephen E. Lahey (University of Nebraska), The Hussites

Darlene L. Brooks Hedstrom (Wittenberg University), The Desert Fathers

Helen Nicholson (Cardiff), The Knights Templar

Youval Rotman (Tel Aviv University), Mediterranean Slaveries

Hyun Jin Kim (Melbourne), The Huns of Europe

Elena Woodacre (Winchester), Queens and Queenship