Subject Area: History

An Ethnogeography of Late Medieval Bruges - Evolution of the Corporate Milieu 1280-1349
2004 0-7734-6421-2
This work uses an ethnogeographic approach to synthesize commonly partitioned material and archival evidence to examine the urban history and cultural geography of Medieval Bruges from 1280-1349.

Cultural Heritage of the Italian Renaissance Essays in Honour of T. G. Griffith
1993 0-7734-9396-4
These essays address unifying themes such as the acquisition of knowledge (Fracastoro's theories on the cognitive process); textual criticism (the editing of the works of Livy and Alberti); the academic and social value of humanist studies (the views of Dante and Lombardelli); literary imitation (of the classics and the Bible in Piccolomini, humanists' imitation of each other in the case of Petrarch and Boccaccio); and the reflection of social reality in literature (freedom versus duty in Ariosto and Quarini, marriage and the law in Renaissance comedy, the role of women in the chivalric epic, in comedy and in the novellas of Masuccio, political expediency in Machiavelli and in treatises on the courtier from Castiglione on). An indication of the breadth of the impact of the movement is given by studies which describe its effect on the literary tradition of Wales and on writers of the Enlightenment like Parini.

Depiction of Architecture and Furniture in Medieval French Manuscript Illumination
2006 0-7734-5780-1
The architecture and furniture of the Middle Ages in France reflects the society of the time. Carolingian, Romanesque and Gothic styles will be shown in the illuminations on the manuscripts. There are illustrations on bibles, books of hours, gospel books and later on, romances of chivalry, chronicles and encyclopedic works. There will even be architectural frames around the miniatures. Included here is a consideration of homes, castles and palaces, studios, churches, monasteries and towns. The author describes and the reader will see interiors of main rooms, banquet halls and bedchambers. In regard to furniture, various pieces will be described and depicted in the manuscript paintings: footstools, chairs, thrones, tables, buffets, desks, chests and beds. The architectural styles of the period will influence the making of furniture. That is the reason why both architecture and furniture are viewed here together. There is a wealth of material available which is valuable to note for the history of mankind. Medieval scholars and people in general will find the book interesting and different. The book contains thirty-five illustrations, coming from manuscripts found in libraries of diverse parts of the world.

Dithmarschen, a Medieval Peasant Republic
1991 0-7734-9783-8
Examines the existence of the Dithmarschen Republic (1227-1559), ruled by commoners who developed their own institutions, had their own written constitution, and successfully defended their political independence against the forces of Holstein, the combined powers of Schleswig and Holstein, and the united kingdom of Denmark, Norway, and Sweden. Argues that the unique characteristics of Dithmarschen are not unique, and that many medieval peasant communities shared these characteristics - the clan system, a militia, and the desire to govern themselves - but had lacked the advantageous geographic and political situation enjoyed by Dithmarschen. Concludes that the small size of the Republic finally prevented its survival due to a reluctance to dilute its sovereignty by associating more closely with neighboring states.

Earliest Arthurian Texts
2007 0-7734-5376-8
This volume offers for the first time a comprehensive collection of all the ancient Greek and Latin sources needed to deal with figures answering to names like Arktouros, Ardus, and Artorius, where the bearers seem to have some kind of ‘Arthurian’ character. It challenges proponents of later British Arthurs to explain or explain away various Classical antecedents to the Arthurian tradition. This collection includes text and translation of over one hundred short texts concerning Arthur-figures, enabling Medieval scholars to examine for themselves the basis for claims of ‘Arthurship’ before the age of the historical Gildas. A detailed commentary is provided to introduce classicists to the Medieval tradition and vice-versa. The new texts raise as many questions as they answer; but for that very reason serious students of Arthurian origins cannot afford to ignore them.

Education of Heloise Methods, Content, and Purpose of Learning in the Twelfth Century
1992 0-7734-9657-2
Heloise, 1100-1163, was a woman known for her scholarship as well as for her administrative abilities, highly regarded by her contemporaries. She received an education usually available only to men; she is believed by many to be the only woman of her time to have received such an education. Known now mainly in conjunction with Abelard, this study reveals the real accomplishments of this remarkable woman.

French Mercenaries, Violence and Systems of Domination in Sub - Saharan Africa (1960 - 1989)
2016 1-4955-0468-9
The revival of mercenaries is a phenomenon occurring concomitantly with African decolonization. From 1960 to the end of the Cold War mercenaries took part in the development of political and armed violence on the African continent. This book highlights the activities of French mercenaries and provides key witness of their active role in the local turmoil and violence in post-colonial African states with the major players of industry, arms trafficking, non-African actors imposing their influence and the African powers themselves.

Gerhart Ladner and the Idea of Reform: A Modern Historian’s Quest for Ancient and Medieval Truth
2015 1-4955-0328-3
This is the first study to tap the deep archival reservoirs of Gerhart Ladner’s personal correspondence in an effort to reveal not only Ladner’s valuable intellectual treasures but also the evolution of his groundbreaking research into the history of reform which led to his seminal work The Idea of Reform.
This book examines the lifework of Gerhart Ladner (1905-1993). Winner of the American Historical Association’s Lifetime Award for Scholarly Distinction in 1991, he received the Homer Haskins Medal in 1961 for his seminal work on The Idea of Reform: Its Impact on Christian Thought and Action in the Age of the Fathers.

History of São Tomé Island, 1470-1655. The Key to Guinea
1992 0-7734-9456-1
This book is the history of the Portuguese island of São Tomé from its discovery in 1470 to 1655 - its internal social and economic development and changing relations with the African mainland and the world trade system. Settled by Portuguese criminals, prostitutes, children of Jews, and African slaves, their mulatto descendents became a wealthy sugar-growing planter class, Europe's leading sugar suppliers in the sixteenth century. This study illustrates how the too-perfect adaptation of a small-scale society to its original economic relationships, issues of race, and the lack of alternatives caused by an entrenched ruling class which had lost its economic justification for rule, combine to create a destructive rigidity that can lead to social collapse and make effective amelioration impossible.

How Albert the Great’s speculum Astronomiae Was Interpreted and Used by Four Centuries of Readers: A Study in Late Medieval Medicine, Astronomy and Astrology
2010 0-7734-3635-9
This study analyzes the readership of a work commonly known as a Speculum astronomiae from the time of its production in the mid-thirteenth century to the point when it lapsed from learned discourse to in the late fifteenth century.

Hrotsvit of Gandersheim - Rara Avis in Saxonia?
1987 0-7734-9209-7
This volume addresses the myth of Hrotsvit's supposed isolation by discussing her literary works, the context of her creative activity, and the literary survival of her works.

Influence of the Medieval University on the Latin Church and Secular Government Politics From the Later Middle Ages to Early Modern Times
1992 0-7734-9836-2
Examines comprehensively the involvement of the medieval universities in high politics, using primary and secondary source documents synthesized into narrative form. Concludes that early modern civilization, which emerged about 1500, was largely a result of the medieval university: its intellectual contributions; corporate political activities; external service of individual masters; and the many graduates who held prominent positions in both Church and state.

Johannes Renner's Livonian History 1556-1561
1997 0-7734-8691-7
This translation of Renner's 16th century Baltic chronicle is an important source for early modern Russian history, dealing with the rise of Ivan the Terrible. Renner was a secretary to one of the important officers and observed the political process first-hand and he had access to documents and correspondence. The text is extensively footnoted and includes maps to assist the reader in following the complexities of the opening years of the Great Livonian War 1558-1583.

King Sisebut and the Culture of Visigothic Spain, with Translations of the Lives of Saint Desiderius of Vienne and Saint Masona of MÉrida: vita Vel Passio Sancti Desiderii a Sisebuto Rege Composita and vita Sancti Masonae Emeretensis
2008 0-7734-5033-5
This work skillfully elucidates a period often misunderstood by historians. The study also explores the use of imitation and the intersections of the political and the religious in medieval times.

Las Siete Partidas, TÍtulo Ii, “de Los Casamientos” De Alfonso X, El Sabio: EdiciÓn CrÍtica Y ExposiciÓn AnalÍtica
2010 0-7734-3837-8
This is the first in-depth study of Title II, Book IV of Alfonse X the Wise, a legal document based on the canonical laws that infiltrated the social life of thirteenth century Spain. It is a valuable scope to the history and development of the philosophical doctrines and theological mentality of the Latin Fathers of the Church that molded every aspect of the matrimonial behavior for the Christians during the Middle Ages.
In Spanish.

Los Otros - Columbus and the Three Who Made His Enterprise of the Indies Succeed
1992 0-7734-9196-1
An account of three men, without whose influence and resources Columbus' enterprise of the Indies would not have occurred. Martín Alonso Pinzón was a shipowner/navigator. His young brother Vicente Yáñez was also a navigator. Juan de la Cosa was owner of the merchantman Marigalante, to be chartered and renamed by Columbus the Santa María. The three of them had adventures, together or separately, poaching in Portuguese preserves of Atlantic Africa as far south as Guinea. These are their stories.

Medical Theory About the Body and the Soul in the Middle Ages
2007 0-7734-5208-7
This study examines the cross-cultural transmission of medical knowledge and theory between Jewish, Christian and Muslim communities in the Medieval period. The monastery of Monte Cassino in Southern Italy became the pivotal center for the transfer if Arabic medical science into the Latin West at the end of the eleventh century. Special attention is given to the debates over the precise relationship of the body and soul, one of the central concerns of contemporaneous philosophy and theology.

Medieval Triptych Panels From the Cloister, City, and Castle
1987 0-7734-9213-5
French texts with English translations. The First Panel includes: "The Doctrinal" and "The Walks of Life"; the Second Panel includes: "The Works of Hues Piaucele: Sire Hain and Dame Anieuse" and "D'Estourmi"; the Third Panel includes: "Watriquet de Couvin: The Mirror of Princes" and "On the Generation of Traitors." Supplemented by bibliography and index.

Millennial Activities in Late Thirteenth-Century Albi, France
1996 0-7734-8819-7
Cornerstone events precipitating the dire predictions of the millennium occurred in sites like Albi, from 1260 to 1300. This study examines Albi's infamous inquisitorial process, and posits that events in Albi suffer when perceived as a religious phenomenon alone. This volume places those events in historical and historiographic context, reflecting the reaction to and microcosm of the political and social changes taking place at the time. Albi can then be seen as an important intellectual barometer, a mirror of millennial activities.

New Images of Medieval WomenStudies Toward a Cultural Anthropology
1989 0-88946-265-8
Essays that afford a new approach to medieval womanhood by depicting: the social position of the lady and the working woman; women's education; the phenomenology of women in daily life; alternate lifestyles; the important reality of married daily life; clandestine marriages and their legal and clerical implications; and images of the female in literature and art.

New Methods of Statistical Analysis of Historical Texts Vol. 2. Applications to Chronology
1999 0-7734-3134-9
The author, one of the most outstanding contemporary mathematicians, concentrates on the development of a new mathematical chronology of ancient history. Noting the contradictions and gaps of the accepted traditional chronology of ancient and medieval worlds, applying the modern mathematical methods to the analysis of historical data, the author formulates a new version of ancient chronology which is most dramatically different from the traditional one.

Paradigms in Medieval Thought Applications in Medieval Disciplines a Symposium
1990 0-88946-267-4
Deals with patterns of medieval thought and their applications in several disciplines, among them algebra, music, aesthetics, and philosophy.

People of Curial Avignon: A Critical Edition of the liber Divisionis and the of Notre Dame La Majour
2009 0-7734-4680-X
This work cross-references the persons mentioned in each document with the remaining documents and other biographical resources and offers a critical analysis of all three. The diplomatic analysis challenges many of Bernard Guillemain's conclusions regarding the documents’ dates and purposes, and these challenges can only enhance our understanding of the Avignonese population during the late fourteenth century.

Reception and Transmission of the Works of Marie De France, 1774-1974
2003 0-7734-6599-5
For decades, the works of Marie de France have occupied an ever-larger place in the curriculum of French, English, and Women Studies, and have even inspired several poets, novelists and musicians. The monograph is the collaborative endeavor of leading experts in the field. It opens with a preface by Douglas Kelly and an introduction by Chantal A. Maréchal, a tribute to Emanuel J. Mickel Jr., whose 1974 book on Marie de France is presented as a pivotal point in the development of the scholarship. Such a beginning sets the tone for the entire volume. Each chapter is dedicated to a scholar whose writings markedly contributed to the development of Marie de France studies. Thus, by exploring various approaches to reading, editing, and translating, and examining the manner in which these influential interpretations were shaped by the personal experiences of renowned scholars and the concerns of their times, this collection brings depth to the wide range of discussions of Marie’s identity and artistry, and to the very nature of medievalism.

Scotus Vs. Ockham - A Medieval Dispute Over Universals Texts Translated Into English with Commentary (volume I)
1999 0-7734-8156-7

Scotus Vs. Ockham - A Medieval Dispute Over Universals Texts Translated Into English with Commentary (volume II)
1999 0-7734-8158-3

Seafaring in the Sixteenth Century, the Letter of Eugenio De Salazar, 1573
1991 0-7734-9880-X
Major new translation of the famous Spanish letter of Eugenio de Salazar (1573). Salazar's letter describes his voyage -- what his family, shipmates, and crew experienced and endured. An unusual look at post-Columbian, pre-Armada Spanish seafaring. Foreword (Prólogo) by José-María Martínez-Hidalgo, Retired Director, Museo Marítimo, Barcelona. Bi-lingual.

Search for a Patron in the Middle Ages and the Renaissance
1996 0-7734-8867-7
Modern studies have largely ignored the significant roles played by patrons who commissioned works in the arts during the Middle Ages and the Renaissance. This volume offers general studies on patronage and a series of specific illustrations of varied examples of patronage that range from ninth-century France to sixteenth-century Italy. Among the patrons considered are royalty such as King Richard II of England, Cosimo I de'Medici, and the members of the House of Savoy; court officials in Burgundy and Paris; the members of the Florentine guild of the Arte de'Medici e Speziali; Diane de Foix; and even a 9th century Carolingian individual who seems to have been an ordinary citizen. By shedding new light on patronage, these studies assist us to understand the complex and fluid interrelationships that once motivated both patron and artist. With photographs.

Sir John Dodderidge Celebrated Barrister of Britain, 1555-1628
1992 0-7734-9888-5
This is a study of an important legal figure during the reign of James I, who was also interested in American colonization and is well-described in the book. Dodderidge had important communications with Queen Anne, Prince Henry, James I, Sir Walter Raleigh and others. Since Dodderidge was connected all his life with legal decisions about Virginia, he represented a firm link between England and America. He served on the King's Bench until his death and was highly regarded by other judges in Sir Edward Coke's time.

Ten Latin Schooltexts of the Later Middle Ages Translated Sections
1990 0-88946-124-4
An anthology of texts used in medieval Latin instruction, with introductions and notes. The only anthology to make the most important texts in this subject area available in English. Of use to scholars in English, history, comparative literature, theater, speech, medieval studies, and Latin.

Translation of Jerome's Chronicon with Historical Commentary
1996 0-7734-2258-7
This translation and commentary will make Jerome's Chronicle available in English for the first time. Moreover, its selective notes will clarify Jerome's often terse references to persons, events and places in the fourth century A.D. The extensive bibliography, of both ancient and modern works, will provide guidance for Jerome's own sources. It will also serve to introduce the reader to many modern works that cover the early chronicle tradition as well as the historical period addressed by Jerome's work, because Jerome's Chronicle is concerned largely with imperial Roman history as well as ecclesiastical history.

Tres Civilizaciones Del Mundo Medieval Crítica, Análisis Y Crónicas De Las Primeras Cruzadas
1998 0-7734-8494-9
Examines the socio-economic, political and religious impact on society of the first Christian crusades, as seen by three civilizations: Latin, Byzantine, and Islamic. This text can be used by researchers in the Middle Ages in history, comparative religions, Spanish literature and civilization, comparative cultures, Latin-American studies, multicultural education, and Mexican-American studies. Part II consists of the translations into Spanish of the Latin, Greek, and Arabic Chronicles, each of which provide a different perspective to the question of the Middle Eastern conflict circa 1095-1099. The Appendix includes an historical Chronology covering the periods from 610 A.D. to 11 A. D., and one of the most extensive bibliographies on the Middle Ages and Crusades. In Spanish.

William Maitland of Lethington, 1528-1573A Study of the Policy of Moderation in the Sixteenth-Century Scottish Reformation
1990 0-88946-468-5
Has dual usefulness as an analysis of the role of moderation during a revolutionary upheaval and as a comprehensive portrait of the quintessential moderate of the Scottish Reformation, a man who trod the difficult middle ground between the forces of Knox and those of Regent Marie Guise and her daughter, Mary, Queen of Scots. Examines the sources and character of Secretary Maitland's moderation; traces his goals and motivations; delineates his political philosophy and practice; and shows the sort of religious establishment Maitland sought, as contrasted with Knox's vision of the Church.

Women in Thirteenth-Century Spain as Portrayed in Alfonso X's Cantigas De Santa Maria
1993 0-7734-9316-6
This study analyzes the female characters of the Cantigas as they appear in the written narrative and the illuminations of Escorial ms. T.J.I. In addition to the recurring presence of the Virgin Mary, the Cantigas portray women from a variety of social strata, racial and religious background, marital status, and occupations. The study examines visual narrative; theological and iconographic constructs of the Virgin; socio-historical, philosophical, and literary paradigms; female speech in the Miracle Narratives; the relationships of Mary to other women; and portrayals of female devotion to the Virgin.