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.


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

Reference Works in Production or Contracted

Asa Simon Mittman (California State University, Chico) and Marcus Hensel (Bethany College, KS), Classic Readings on Monster Theory: Demonstrare, Volume One

Asa Simon Mittman (California State University, Chico) and Marcus Hensel (Bethany College, KS), Primary Sources on Monsters: Demonstrare, Volume Two

Cynthia Ann Johnston (Institute of English Studies, School of Advanced Studies, University of London) and Jane Roberts (Institute of English Studies, School of Advanced Studies, University of London), Medieval Book History: Latin and the Vernaculars of Western Europe

Barbara Roggema (Ruhr Universität Bochum) and Alexandra F.C. Cuffel (Ruhr University, Bochum/Center for Religious Studies and History Department), Jewish-Christian Relations from the Mediterranean to the Indian Ocean: Volume One: 600-1000

Companions in Production or Contracted

Elena Woodacre (Winchester), ed., A Companion to Global Queenship: An Examination of Female Rule and Political Agency in the Premodern World

Erik Hermans (New York University), A Companion to the Global Early Middle Ages

Jeanette Beer (Purdue & Oxford) and Carol Sweetenham (Oxford), eds., A Companion to Medieval Translation

Lisa Hopkins (Sheffield Hallam) and Tom Rutter (Sheffield), eds., A Companion to the Cavendishes: Writing, Patronage, and Material Culture

Andrew Jotischky (Royal Holloway, London) and William Purkis (Birmingham), eds., A Companion to Medieval Pilgrimage

Hannah Skoda (Oxford), ed., A Companion to Medieval Crime and Deviance