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40 [degrees] South     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 2)
Aboriginal History     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 6)
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Cahiers « Mondes anciens »     Open Access   (Followers: 5)
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Childhood in the Past : An International Journal     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 3)
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Chronica Nova. Revista de Historia Moderna de la Universidad de Granada     Open Access  
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Church History and Religious Culture     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 53)
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Cleveland Studies in the History of Art     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 2)
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Cliodynamics     Open Access  
Collections électroniques de l'INHA     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Collingwood and British Idealism Studies     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 1)
Colonial Latin American Review     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 9)
Comitatus : A Journal of Medieval and Renaissance Studies     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 16)
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Comparative Studies of South Asia, Africa and the Middle East     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 18)
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Conservative Judaism     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 5)
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Crossing Borders : An Interdisciplinary Journal of Undergraduate Scholarship     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
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Cuban Studies     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 6)
Cuicuilco     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
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Cultural History     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 18)
Cultural-Historical Psychology     Open Access  
Culturas     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Cultures & conflits     Open Access   (Followers: 10)
Cultures et conflits     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Czech-Polish Historical and Pedagogical Journal     Open Access  
Dapim : Studies on the Holocaust     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 8)
Das Mittelalter     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 7)
De Arte     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 4)
Debatte: Journal of Contemporary Central and Eastern Europe     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 5)

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Journal Cover Comitatus : A Journal of Medieval and Renaissance Studies
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  • The HearmscaÞa and the Handshake: Desire and Disruption in the
           Grendel Episode
    • Abstract: In case you’ve missed the excitement, the most visceral controversy in Beowulf scholarship must surely be: How does Beowulf defeat Grendel?1 In this yet unresolved debate we find an array of proposals: the grasping shove theory,2 the crushing grip theory,3 the arm-lock theory,4 the surprise counterattack theory,5 the Greco-Roman wrestling theory,6 the hammerlock theory,7 and the Norse Hryggspenning bear hug theory.8 In one early example, C. L. Wrenn details Beowulf’s grasp and shove:[Beowulf] suddenly sat up, putting all his weight and strength into the movement, so that his own hand grasped and drove back the outstretched arm of Grendel; and, this grip thus cunningly gained, Beowulf never relaxed till he had ... Read More
      Keywords: Grendel; Panel painting, Medieval; Painting, Medieval; Jesus Christ; Arthurian romances; Yvette,; Mary,; Women hermits; Lateran Council; Death; Dead; Reformation; Arabic literature; Christian heresies; Sarto, Andrea del,; Trees; Historiography; Viole
      PubDate: 2016-08-11T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Appropriating Divinity: Iconography, Functionality, and Authority in
           Latium Acheropita Copies, Ca. Twelfth–Fourteenth Centuries
    • Abstract: Featured in numerous exegeses, the “miraculously-made” mid-sixth- to seventh-century Savior icon in the Papal Palace’s chapel known as the Sancta Sanctorum is theologically vindicated by such sources as the Descripito Lateranensis ecclesiae (ca. 1073–1085). Herein, it is claimed that the Acheropita was painted by Luke the Evangelist then completed by angels, sans human intervention: “Et super hoc altare est imago Salvatoris mirabiliter depicta in quadam tabula, quam Lucas evangelista designavit, sed virtus Domini angelico perfecit officio.”1 Discussing the life of Stephen II (752–757), the Liber Pontificalis refers to the icon-relic when Stephen II left the Patriarchium “In una vero dierum cum multa humilitate ... Read More
      Keywords: Grendel; Panel painting, Medieval; Painting, Medieval; Jesus Christ; Arthurian romances; Yvette,; Mary,; Women hermits; Lateran Council; Death; Dead; Reformation; Arabic literature; Christian heresies; Sarto, Andrea del,; Trees; Historiography; Viole
      PubDate: 2016-08-11T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Vikings Of The Round Table: Kingship in The Islendingasögur and the
           Riddarasögur
    • Abstract: Medieval Arthurian literature had an enthusiastic reception in Scandinavia.1 The introduction of the matière de Bretagne and the matière de France to Norway was a consequence of the interconnections among various European courts and their literary systems.2 Unlike previous reigns, the reign of King Hákon Hákonarson (1204–1263) was relatively peaceful and the Norwegian court emulated other courts, especially the Anglo-Norman court of Henry III (1207–1272).3 Sif Rikharðsdóttir states that “the opulence of [King Hákon’s] court at Bergen, in comparison with prior and other Scandinavian royal sites, as well as the education of his sons bear witness to a predilection for the sophistication evidenced by his English and ... Read More
      Keywords: Grendel; Panel painting, Medieval; Painting, Medieval; Jesus Christ; Arthurian romances; Yvette,; Mary,; Women hermits; Lateran Council; Death; Dead; Reformation; Arabic literature; Christian heresies; Sarto, Andrea del,; Trees; Historiography; Viole
      PubDate: 2016-08-11T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Beholding the Handmaids of the Lord: The Virgin Mary as Model in
           Thirteenth-Century Anchoritic Texts
    • Abstract: In 1191, a wealthy thirty-three year old widow named Yvette, living in the town of Huy in the bishopric of Liège, decided to become an anchoress.1 She called upon a local abbot, Remy of Orval, to ritually enclose her in a bricked up cell attached to the church. There she would spend the rest of her life in prayer. Fifteen years earlier, in 1176, under pressure from her family to take a second husband, she had vowed perpetual widowhood, and was supported in her decision by the local bishop. She then turned her attention to charity, using her wealth to support a leper colony on the banks of the River Meuse. Yvette was a devout and attentive nurse to the lepers, as well as a powerful benefactor and fundraiser on their ... Read More
      Keywords: Grendel; Panel painting, Medieval; Painting, Medieval; Jesus Christ; Arthurian romances; Yvette,; Mary,; Women hermits; Lateran Council; Death; Dead; Reformation; Arabic literature; Christian heresies; Sarto, Andrea del,; Trees; Historiography; Viole
      PubDate: 2016-08-11T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Clandestine Marriage and the Church: King Horn after the Fourth Lateran
           Council
    • Abstract: The early Middle English romance King Horn has attracted little attention for its views about marriage. Subordinated by critics to Horn’s sensational battles against the Saracens, the marriage of Horn and Rymenhild often scarcely credits a footnote. Yet the author of King Horn devotes unusual attention to the developing relationship between Horn and Rymenhild, reflected in the sheer narrative weight dedicated to the subject: Rymenhild and Horn attempt and fail to legitimize their marriage no fewer than four times in the course of the romance. In fact, it is these failed contracts that drive Horn’s martial pursuits, rather than the reverse.The concentrated attention paid to the legal technicalities of Horn and ... Read More
      Keywords: Grendel; Panel painting, Medieval; Painting, Medieval; Jesus Christ; Arthurian romances; Yvette,; Mary,; Women hermits; Lateran Council; Death; Dead; Reformation; Arabic literature; Christian heresies; Sarto, Andrea del,; Trees; Historiography; Viole
      PubDate: 2016-08-11T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Two Sets of two Hunters: The Illusion of Gomen in Sir Gawain and the Green
           Knight
    • Abstract: The ludic function of the narrative poem Sir Gawain and the Green Knight is well attested by both scholars and the text itself. The narrative incorporates games and play while the form of the poem itself offers playful engagement with its readership. Scholars are still in the process of understanding the ways in which the manuscript page interacts meaningfully with its audience, but the games that structure the events in the narrative have been discussed at length. However, few have approached the narrative with game theory,1 as developed by Johan Huizinga and Roger Caillois. Considering Caillois’s definitions of types of game, the central event of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, the Exchanges Game, turns out to ... Read More
      Keywords: Grendel; Panel painting, Medieval; Painting, Medieval; Jesus Christ; Arthurian romances; Yvette,; Mary,; Women hermits; Lateran Council; Death; Dead; Reformation; Arabic literature; Christian heresies; Sarto, Andrea del,; Trees; Historiography; Viole
      PubDate: 2016-08-11T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Contesting Individuality: Pryvetee and Self-Profession in The Canterbury
           Tales
    • Abstract: “Privacy is so central a value in the modern world,” writes Stephen Knight, “that it is important to stress its essential aberrance in medieval society.”1 Aberrant individuals must be brought back to society, must be re-socialized in the proper forms of deference to authority. Certainly one can see this movement toward society at work in The Canterbury Tales, in which individuals are rarely alone and social power structures are pervasive. But if we imagine that the aberrance of privacy diminished its desirability, the importance of one’s “pryvetee” in the Tales makes clear that medieval people valued forms of secrecy, interiority, and individuality that we usually associate with privacy. Although medieval social ... Read More
      Keywords: Grendel; Panel painting, Medieval; Painting, Medieval; Jesus Christ; Arthurian romances; Yvette,; Mary,; Women hermits; Lateran Council; Death; Dead; Reformation; Arabic literature; Christian heresies; Sarto, Andrea del,; Trees; Historiography; Viole
      PubDate: 2016-08-11T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Reforming the Dead: The Long-Term Effects of Reformation De-Ritualization
           on the Returning Dead in England, with a Particular Focus on the
           Seventeenth Century
    • Abstract: Her Husband appeared, and bid her go to his Brother and demand the Field. Which she did, but was treated very ill by him. He told her, that neither she nor her Devil (for she had told him her Husband appeared, and bid her speak to him) should make him forego his Land.2Taken from Relation XV, in Joseph Glanvill’s Saducismus Triumphatus,3 this quotation neatly points to some of the changes that the Reformation had wrought on the returning dead. These changes deeply affected the motives for the return of many of these dead, especially when compared to the preceding period when purgatorial thought and practice had been at its height and had promoted religious salvation as the pinnacle of any possible motivation where ... Read More
      Keywords: Grendel; Panel painting, Medieval; Painting, Medieval; Jesus Christ; Arthurian romances; Yvette,; Mary,; Women hermits; Lateran Council; Death; Dead; Reformation; Arabic literature; Christian heresies; Sarto, Andrea del,; Trees; Historiography; Viole
      PubDate: 2016-08-11T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Beyond Reformation? An Essay on William Langland’s Piers Plowman and the
           End of Constantinian Christianity by David Aers (review)
    • Abstract: Long-time fans of the work of David Aers (this reviewer included) might be puzzled with the form, content, and composition of this, the latest of his many works on Piers Plowman. Aers often writes conversationally, sometimes in fragments, in a rhetorical mode more suited to lecture than to a critical monograph. Such a style, with its jarring voicing, struggles to capture the sympathy and concern of the reader. The book has no chapters nor headings but is divided into passūs like the poem itself, yet it does not address the poem’s passūs in any corresponding way (focusing primarily on the end of the poem in its C-text form), and thus the structure strikes readers as yet one more rhetorical idiosyncrasy if not an ... Read More
      Keywords: Grendel; Panel painting, Medieval; Painting, Medieval; Jesus Christ; Arthurian romances; Yvette,; Mary,; Women hermits; Lateran Council; Death; Dead; Reformation; Arabic literature; Christian heresies; Sarto, Andrea del,; Trees; Historiography; Viole
      PubDate: 2016-08-11T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • After Civic Humanism: Learning and Politics in Renaissance Italy ed. by
           Nicholas Scott Baker and Brian Jeffrey Maxson (review)
    • Abstract: In his review of a collection of articles published by Hans Baron as he was about to die in 1988, John Najemy wrote: “It is by now a commonplace that what Burckhardt was to nineteenth-century Renaissance historiography, Baron is to its twentieth-century counterpart: each provided his century’s most influential, compelling, and debated interpretation of the significance of the cultural developments of Italy between the end of the Middle Ages and the modern era” (Renaissance Quarterly 45.2 [Summer 1992] 348).Baron posited his thesis of “civic humanism” in The Crisis of the Early Italian Renaissance (1955). He argued that the threat of invasion by Giangaleazzo Visconti’s Milanese forces in 1402 elicited in Florence ... Read More
      Keywords: Grendel; Panel painting, Medieval; Painting, Medieval; Jesus Christ; Arthurian romances; Yvette,; Mary,; Women hermits; Lateran Council; Death; Dead; Reformation; Arabic literature; Christian heresies; Sarto, Andrea del,; Trees; Historiography; Viole
      PubDate: 2016-08-11T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • The Medieval Islamic Republic of Letters: Arabic Constructions of
           Knowledge by Muhsin J. Al-Musawi (review)
    • Abstract: To argue that the vast majority of cultural items produced in or by members of the Islamicate between the twelfth and eighteenth centuries were created under the invisible directorate of a republic of letters is an ambitious objective indeed, especially as the authors of this body of letters, who hail from different sovereignties, language groups, and classes, issue radically different styles and genres of work. And yet, Muhsin J. Al-Musawi’s book The Medieval Islamic Republic of Letters: Arabic Constructions of Knowledge assembles a wealth of examples, which, in their totality, suggest that even under disparate forms of rulership and subscriptions to Islam, the producers, commentators, and conservators of Arabic ... Read More
      Keywords: Grendel; Panel painting, Medieval; Painting, Medieval; Jesus Christ; Arthurian romances; Yvette,; Mary,; Women hermits; Lateran Council; Death; Dead; Reformation; Arabic literature; Christian heresies; Sarto, Andrea del,; Trees; Historiography; Viole
      PubDate: 2016-08-11T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Medieval Heresies: Christianity, Judaism, and Islam by Christine Caldwell
           Ames (review)
    • Abstract: Christine Caldwell Ames tackles ideas of heterodoxy and orthodoxy in the three great monotheistic religions from the fourth to the sixteenth century. What makes this textbook different from previous studies is that it situates religious controversy from inside each confession in conversation with controversies from other religions, making it both a comprehensive survey and a groundbreaking comparative study. This volume is excellent for teaching or as an introduction for further research, as it has a detailed index, small glossary of cross-cultural terms, a manageable bibliography for further reading dedicated to each chapter, as well as maps and inset grey-scale illustrations of archaeological and codicological ... Read More
      Keywords: Grendel; Panel painting, Medieval; Painting, Medieval; Jesus Christ; Arthurian romances; Yvette,; Mary,; Women hermits; Lateran Council; Death; Dead; Reformation; Arabic literature; Christian heresies; Sarto, Andrea del,; Trees; Historiography; Viole
      PubDate: 2016-08-11T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Andrea del Sarto: The Renaissance Workshop in Action ed. by Julian Brooks
           (review)
    • Abstract: If being poeticized in Robert Browning’s caricature “Andrea” was a literary Victorian consignment to not quite the celestial pinnacle of the more familiar single name High Renaissance stardom of Raphael and Leonardo, Andrea del Sarto (1486–1530) nonetheless achieved Vasari’s stinting but shrewd status of Pittore Senza Errori. Vasari’s niggling biography of del Sarto—so named because he was a tailor’s son—even shows a modicum of irony in a gossipy narration of the artist’s long-suffering devotion to his wife Lucrezia del Fede as if he painted her face on nearly every female he depicted, and even abandoned his French royal patron Francis I for this feckless wife, likely dying alone in Florence because his wife was ... Read More
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      PubDate: 2016-08-11T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Approaches to Teaching Petrarch’s Canzoniere and the Petrarchan
           Tradition ed. by Christopher Kleinhenz and Andrea Dini (review)
    • Abstract: Kleinhenz and Dini’s entry in the Modern Language Association’s Approaches to Teaching World Literature series covers not only Petrarch’s seminal work, the Canzoniere, but also the important poets of the literary tradition that preceded and followed him. It is designed as a resource for a wide range of class types—from courses dedicated to the poet’s major and minor works, to broad survey courses that include Petrarchism as only one of several units. The book is divided into two sections. The first, “Materials,” is a brief overview of various bibliographic materials—from critical editions of the Canzoniere to secondary readings that may be assigned to students—and the types of courses they are best suited to. The ... Read More
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      PubDate: 2016-08-11T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Honor, Vengeance, and Social Trouble: Pardon Letters in the Burgundian Low
           Countries by Peter Arnade and Walter Prevenier (review)
    • Abstract: Elopement, intrigue, vendetta, rivalry, prostitution, abduction, betrayal, sex, honor, crimes of passion: these are the subject matter of the pardon letters investigated in Honor, Vengeance, and Social Trouble: Pardon Letters in the Burgundian Low Countries. The setting: city and town squares, taverns, brothels, inns, street theater, monasteries and convents, bathhouses, back streets, and noblemen’s dinner tables of the late-medieval and early-modern Burgundian Low Countries. Professors Peter Arnade and Walter Prevenier’s adept examination of some thirty pardon letters—entreaties written to the dukes of Burgundy by citizens convicted of serious crimes in the hopes of being pardoned-dated between 1386 and 1500 and ... Read More
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      PubDate: 2016-08-11T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • The Art of Veiled Speech: Self-Censorship from Aristophanes to Hobbes ed.
           by Han Baltussen and Peter J. Davis (review)
    • Abstract: Han Baltussen and Peter J. Davis offer an informative and rich collection of essays in this selective yet comprehensive work. The Art of Veiled Speech: Self-Censorship from Aristophanes to Hobbes is a collection that explores the ways in which authors avoided political persecution by rejecting explicit statements in favor of engaging in clandestine innuendo and insinuation, which then required subtle and sophisticated decoding. This survey of self-censorship from antiquity through the early modern period examines, as editor Han Baltussen states in the foreword, “the tension between ‘frank speech,’ [or parrhêsia], typical of the ideal free citizen, and the art of ‘veiled speech,’ that is, the methods of expression ... Read More
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      PubDate: 2016-08-11T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Brief Lives, with An Apparatus for the Lives of our English Mathematical
           Writes by John Aubrey (review)
    • Abstract: John Aubrey is perhaps the archetype of the Renaissance man. In a brilliant essay on early modern eclectic learning and how it can inform our own methodologies of scholarship, William Poole draws attention to the multifaceted character of Aubrey’s own erudition:Aubrey … was an undeniably ‘literary’ character, but [he was also] one whose intellectual life was rich and broad in ways that transcend single categories. Not only this, but his complexity was in important ways the complexity of his age: Aubrey’s intellectual life was an expression of changes in the educational philosophy of later seventeenth-century England, and Aubrey exploited those changes too, even if his achievements were partially obscured until last ... Read More
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      PubDate: 2016-08-11T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Lambert of Auxerre, Logica, or Summa Lamberti trans. by Thomas S. Maloney
           (review)
    • Abstract: Thomas Maloney offers us a critical translation of a mid-thirteenth-century logic text, Logica or Summa Lamberti, written by Lambert of Auxerre. The translation is replete with notes and includes an extensive bibliography of primary and secondary sources. Two helpful appendices are included as well: one that concerns corrections to the Latin, and the other a convenient summary of all the questions and objections stated by Lambert over the course of the text. Maloney also investigates, in the introduction to his translation, the biographical and historiographical background of Lambert. In short, Maloney finds it most plausible that Lambert, a French Dominican who achieved standing as a master of arts, was rather ... Read More
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      PubDate: 2016-08-11T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Trees in the Religions of Early Medieval England by Michael D. J. Bintley
           (review)
    • Abstract: Michael D. J. Bintley is a Senior Lecturer in Medieval Literature at Canterbury Christ Church University. He previously co-authored a volume from Oxford University Press with Michael G. Shapland of University College London entitled Trees and Timber in the Anglo-Saxon World, which explores the roles of forest and woodland in the culture of ancient Britain, including uses of lumber in building and industry, sacred and philosophical conceptions of trees, and the impact of the densely wooded landscape on local art and literature. Bintley’s newest solo work Trees in the Religions of Early Medieval England is somewhat of a companion to that volume in which he has undertaken more specifically-focused research into the ... Read More
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      PubDate: 2016-08-11T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Rewriting Saints and Ancestors: Memory and Forgetting in France: 500-1200
           by Constance Brittain Bouchard (review)
    • Abstract: The production of “creative memory” across seven centuries in France is the topic of Rewriting Saints and Ancestors, Constance Brittain Bouchard’s wide-ranging study on the power of the written word to construct an ideal of the past in service of the present. The study’s stated aim is to participate in and elaborate on the conversation among medieval memory scholars, including Walter Goffart, Patrick Geary, and Mary Carruthers. The book, divided into twelve chapters, is structured in reverse-chronological order, beginning with High Medieval cartularies and ending in sixth-century Gaul. Bouchard considers a diverse range of primary sources, from twelfth-century monastic records, to ninth-century chronicles and ... Read More
      Keywords: Grendel; Panel painting, Medieval; Painting, Medieval; Jesus Christ; Arthurian romances; Yvette,; Mary,; Women hermits; Lateran Council; Death; Dead; Reformation; Arabic literature; Christian heresies; Sarto, Andrea del,; Trees; Historiography; Viole
      PubDate: 2016-08-11T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Holy War, Martyrdom, and Terror: Christianity, Violence, and the West, ca.
           70 C.E. to the Iraq War by Philippe Buc (review)
    • Abstract: Since the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, considerable ink has been spilled examining the broad connections between religion and violence. Philippe Buc’s Holy War, Martyrdom, and Terror: Christianity, Violence and the West is marks a significant contribution to this ever-growing scholarly corpus. Buc’s main goal is “to sketch out how a fairly systematic set of beliefs and conceptions, Christianity, has left an imprint on violence: in other words, to draw the contours of what is specific to Christian and post-Christian violence” (2). He argues that Christianity’s rhetoric accounts for “quite idiosyncratic forms of violence” (2) that can be clearly traced across centuries and locations.Indeed, this dense ... Read More
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      PubDate: 2016-08-11T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • The Templars, the Witch, and the Wild Irish: Vengeance and Heresy in
           Medieval Ireland by Maeve Brigid Callan (review)
    • Abstract: Most scholars are aware of the papal bull Laudabiliter and its lasting effects on society in Ireland. Authorizing the English conquest of Ireland on the basis of a deviation of Christian orthodoxy naturally seems absurd for an island known as the “sanctuary of saints and scholars” (1). However, as Maeve Brigid Callan notes in the introduction to her first book, The Templars, the Witch, and the Wild Irish: Vengeance and Heresy in Medieval Ireland, “heresy trials in medieval Ireland did not involve actual alternative understandings of Christianity but were used to discredit one’s opponents and to attack groups or individuals whom the accusers feared and resented” (19). This is the driving thesis of Callan’s excellent ... Read More
      Keywords: Grendel; Panel painting, Medieval; Painting, Medieval; Jesus Christ; Arthurian romances; Yvette,; Mary,; Women hermits; Lateran Council; Death; Dead; Reformation; Arabic literature; Christian heresies; Sarto, Andrea del,; Trees; Historiography; Viole
      PubDate: 2016-08-11T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Chaucer and Fame: Reputation and Reception ed. by Isabel Davis and
           Catherine Nall (review)
    • Abstract: Chaucer and Fame: Reputation and Reception, a collection of essays edited by Isabel Davis and Catherine Nall, comprehensively explores the central idea of fame, or fama, as it arises within Chaucer’s poems and pertains to the poet’s afterlife. The theme of surviving time permeates the speeches of Chaucer’s characters and connects his poems to medieval works including Dante’s Commedia and Petrarch’s Rerum vulgarium fragmenta, but these essays primarily demonstrate how later readers, authors, manuscript compilers, and printers perpetuated and shaped Chaucer’s name and reputation. Chaucer and Fame appeals essentially to scholars of Chaucer; however, the focus on intertextual dialogues and reception, multilingualism ... Read More
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      PubDate: 2016-08-11T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Ecclesiastical Knights: The Military Orders in Castile, 1150–1330 by Sam
           Zeno Conedera (review)
    • Abstract: In Ecclesiastical Knights Sam Zeno Conedera investigates the spirituality of the military orders in Castile, from their foundation in the second half of the twelfth century until the early fourteenth century. He focuses mainly on the orders of Santiago, Calatrava, and Alcántara, formed during the long series of conflicts, known traditionally as the reconquest, among Christian and Muslim rulers for control of the Iberian Peninsula.In the introduction, Conedera discusses the considerable confusion among historians (and contemporaries) as to how the military orders, combining the profession of arms and a religious vocation in a single way of life, should be placed within familiar medieval social groups. He also notes ... Read More
      Keywords: Grendel; Panel painting, Medieval; Painting, Medieval; Jesus Christ; Arthurian romances; Yvette,; Mary,; Women hermits; Lateran Council; Death; Dead; Reformation; Arabic literature; Christian heresies; Sarto, Andrea del,; Trees; Historiography; Viole
      PubDate: 2016-08-11T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Gregory the Great: Ascetic, Pastor, and First Man of Rome by George E.
           Demacopoulos (review)
    • Abstract: By anyone’s account Gregory the Great is a seminal figure in Christian history. Straddling the fence between the late antique/patristic world and the early Middle Ages, Gregory is either the last great (pun intended!) early church father or the first great medieval theologian. Both perspectives are accurate and defensible, and George Demacopoulos tells us why and much more.Good studies of Gregory appear with some regularity, but not so frequently that one is wont to get lost in a sea of monographs and articles à la Augustine of Hippo, for example. Demacopoulos is to be commended for providing such an inviting and readable study of Gregory. As with any ecclesiastical person of note, there is always too much to ... Read More
      Keywords: Grendel; Panel painting, Medieval; Painting, Medieval; Jesus Christ; Arthurian romances; Yvette,; Mary,; Women hermits; Lateran Council; Death; Dead; Reformation; Arabic literature; Christian heresies; Sarto, Andrea del,; Trees; Historiography; Viole
      PubDate: 2016-08-11T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Enemies in the Plaza: Urban Spectacle and the End of Spanish Frontier
           Culture, 1460–1492 by Thomas Devaney (review)
    • Abstract: In Enemies in the Plaza, Thomas Devaney uses the lens of urban spectacle to study the evolution of Christian attitudes toward Muslims and Jews on the Castile-Granada frontier in the second half of the fifteenth century. These spectacles, he argues, served to articulate and work though often contradictory attitudes toward religious others, a dissonant outlook he calls “amiable enmity.” Ultimately however, urban spectacle, shaped by governing elites and other influences from outside the border zone, worked to displace the “amiable enmity” of the late medieval frontier, promoting instead a more exclusive vision of Christian society.Enemies in the Plaza is situated within a number of venerable historio-graphical ... Read More
      Keywords: Grendel; Panel painting, Medieval; Painting, Medieval; Jesus Christ; Arthurian romances; Yvette,; Mary,; Women hermits; Lateran Council; Death; Dead; Reformation; Arabic literature; Christian heresies; Sarto, Andrea del,; Trees; Historiography; Viole
      PubDate: 2016-08-11T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Poetry by Marie de France (review)
    • Abstract: Marie de France was one of the most accomplished literary figures of the medieval age. Contemporaneous with Eleanor of Aquitaine, the poetess evinced the same inspired spirit expressed by the troubadours and trouvères of Eleanor’s Occitan and Norman courts. Marie’s identity is still undetermined, but she seems to have been connected to the retinue of Eleanor’s husband Henry II, the Plantagenet King of England and ruler of Normandy and Anjou. Refined and scholarly, Marie was multilingual, demonstrating a knowledge of Latin, French, and English as well as the Norman and Breton dialects, and was educated in classical literature, Christian discourse, and the folklore of France. That heady combination provided the raw ... Read More
      Keywords: Grendel; Panel painting, Medieval; Painting, Medieval; Jesus Christ; Arthurian romances; Yvette,; Mary,; Women hermits; Lateran Council; Death; Dead; Reformation; Arabic literature; Christian heresies; Sarto, Andrea del,; Trees; Historiography; Viole
      PubDate: 2016-08-11T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Antiquarian Voices: the Roman Academy and the Commentary Tradition on
           Ovid’s Fasti by Angela Fritsen (review)
    • Abstract: Antiquarian Voices illuminates a crucial period in the formation of antiquarianism as a discipline. Through analysis of printed and manuscript commentaries along with notes on Ovid’s Fasti (the poem about the ancient Roman calendar) produced in the years of activity of Pomponio Leto’s Roman Academy, Angela Fritsen maps the intellectual and personal connections that shaped late fifteenth-century endeavors at reconstructing (and sometimes restoring) the culture of ancient Rome. Fritsen focuses on the humanists Paolo Marsi da Pescina (1440–1484, himself a member of Leto’s sodalitas) and Antonio Costanzi da Fano (1436–1490), authors of commentaries printed for the first time in 1482 and 1489, respectively. The result ... Read More
      Keywords: Grendel; Panel painting, Medieval; Painting, Medieval; Jesus Christ; Arthurian romances; Yvette,; Mary,; Women hermits; Lateran Council; Death; Dead; Reformation; Arabic literature; Christian heresies; Sarto, Andrea del,; Trees; Historiography; Viole
      PubDate: 2016-08-11T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • A History of The Abbey of Bury St. Edmunds 1257–1301: Simon of Luton and
           John of Northwold by Antonia Gransden (review)
    • Abstract: With this volume, Antonia Gransden completes her two-volume history of the Abbey of Bury St. Edmunds, one of the wealthiest monasteries in medieval England and one linked closely with both the central, royal government of England and the papacy. Here Gransden continues the history begun in A History of The Abbey of Bury St. Edmunds 1182–1256: Simon of Tottington to Edmund of Walpole (Woodbridge, 2007).The abbacies of Simon and John provide the “backbone” (xiii) of the present book. Gransden’s division of St. Edmunds’ history according to individual abbacies reflects the importance of relationships to the community and illuminates the complex web of connections between the Abbey, the town, local nobility, the ... Read More
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      PubDate: 2016-08-11T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • The Peterborough Version of the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle: Rewriting
           Post-Conquest History by Malasree Home (review)
    • Abstract: The Peterborough Chronicle (PC), otherwise known as the E-text of the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle (ASC), is traditionally viewed as an oddity. This vernacular chronicle seems out of place in the Latin world of twelfth-century English historiography. Malasree Home reassesses this view of the PC as an outlier, arguing that it occupies a more complex position in medieval historiography, helping to legitimize Peterborough’s local history while simultaneously participating in a wider community of historical texts. The use of the PC by prominent Latin historians shows that the vernacular tradition was alive and well in post-Conquest England.Home organizes her book into manageable methodological chunks. Chapter 1 discusses how ... Read More
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      PubDate: 2016-08-11T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Shakespeare and Abraham by Ken Jackson (review)
    • Abstract: The great body of scholarly research on Shakespeare perhaps exceeds that of any other author of the English language. It is undeniably difficult, in this age, to say anything sweeping and broad. There is still space, however, to fill in certain gaps in our understanding with needle-pointed research questions. It is this approach that Ken Jackson takes with “Shakespeare and Abraham,” a thorough study on the influence of this Biblical narrative—that of a father willing to sacrifice his son at God’s command—on a broad range of Shakespeare plays. Jackson’s approach is not just a philological overview of overt references to Genesis, chapter 22; he makes the so-called Binding of Isaac emblematic of Shakespeare’s ... Read More
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      PubDate: 2016-08-11T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Medieval Monsters by Damien Kempf and Maria L. Gilbert (review)
    • Abstract: Containing more pictures than text, Medieval Monsters provides a fascinating glimpse at the imagery that shaped the popular imagination of monsters, legends, and demons throughout the Medieval period. With illustrations on every page, culled from dozens of illuminated manuscripts, it gives us a survey of the “category of beings that at once defies the rules of nature and fascinates the human mind” (6), which, albeit cursory, is still enough to pique anyone’s curiosity. There are no chapters to speak of; the book jumps from topic to topic, rarely devoting more than a page to any one “monster.”The book commences with a look at various races of man “characterized by physical deformity or anomaly” (14), that were ... Read More
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      PubDate: 2016-08-11T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Seasons in the Literatures of the Medieval North by P. S. Langeslag
           (review)
    • Abstract: This is an ambitious work that examines the seasonal cycles as presented in literary works from the northern European climes, namely England and Scandinavia. Using a host of literary genres but primarily narrative and lyric texts, P. S. Langeslag covers early medieval Old English poetry, mid-medieval Old Icelandic texts (sagas), and late medieval Middle English poetry. One academic goal focuses on the “medieval north-western Europe [as] an appropriate test case” that highlights “a number of relevant conditions [such as] …. higher-latitude region[s], ensuring considerable contrasts between seasons” (3). The noteworthy literature reflects material relevance for the medieval writers and the audiences spread throughout ... Read More
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      PubDate: 2016-08-11T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Brothers and Sisters in Medieval European Literature by Carolyne
           Larrington (review)
    • Abstract: Carolyne Larrington’s Brothers and Sisters in Medieval European Literature is a thought-provoking work that signals a recent resurgence in interest concerning the medieval family. The chronological and geographic span of the book is understandably quite large, from the medieval and early modern epics and romances of continental Europe to the sagas of the Scandinavian lands. The monograph complements the work of historians such as Didier Lett, Martin Aurell, and Jonathan Lyon. These authors have examined the trajectories of sibling relationships and their influence on political processes through documentary evidence. Larrington’s work is an attempt to access the interiority and emotional dynamics of sibling bonds ... Read More
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      PubDate: 2016-08-11T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Magna Carta: Law, Liberty, Legacy ed. by Claire Breay and Julian Harrison
           (review)
    • Abstract: Magna Carta: Law, Liberty, Legacy, the catalogue, was published in 2015 to coincide with the British Library exhibition of 13 March–1 September 2015, commemorating the 800th anniversary of the Magna Carta. Although the Magna Carta was granted by King John in 1215, it continues to stand as a symbol of liberty from tyranny centuries after its inception, its principles evoked by freedom fighters like Mohandas Gandhi and Nelson Mandela in their struggle against oppression.The editors of this catalogue, Claire Breay and Julian Harrison, hold illustrious credentials. She is head of Ancient, Medieval, and Early Modern Manuscripts at the British Library and is a Co-Investigator of the Magna Carta Project, funded by the ... Read More
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      PubDate: 2016-08-11T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Le Morte D’Arthur: Condensed and Modernized, with an Introduction, by
           Joseph Glaser by Sir Thomas Malory (review)
    • Abstract: Joseph Glaser’s new version of Malory’s Le Morte D’Arthur, updated into modern English and significantly condensed from the sprawling original, is a refreshing new approach to the text. The modernization of the language makes the epic accessible to any reader, beginner or expert, and the condensation turns what is usually a tome to the tune of 800 or 900 pages into a much more approachable 300 or so pages, while his Index makes tracking Malory’s different characters a much less daunting task than it might otherwise be.Based off of the Caxton edition of the text (rather than the Winchester, which other common editions, such as the Eugene Vinaver reproduction, or the Keith Baines rendition, adhere to), Glaser’s text ... Read More
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      PubDate: 2016-08-11T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Life in Words: Essays on Chaucer, the Gawain-Poet, and Malory by Jill Mann
           (review)
    • Abstract: The latest edition to Jill Mann’s extensive bibliography is a compilation of fifteen of her previously-published essays. The collection provides works from 1980–2009 and is merely a glimpse into Mann’s scholarship. The Introduction by the book’s editor, Mark David Rasmussen, gives an overview of Mann’s career and publications. Rasmussen’s Introduction is highly complimentary of Mann’s work and addresses the fact that he chose the essays that he thought best provided a glimpse into an illustrious career.The fifteen essays featured in Life in Words, are arranged as separate chapters and grouped together by subject rather than chronologically. The first seven essays deal exclusively with Chaucer. The first three focus ... Read More
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      PubDate: 2016-08-11T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Edward II with Related Texts by Christopher Marlowe (review)
    • Abstract: Christopher Marlowe’s tragedy, Edward II, has enjoyed great popularity in the classroom over the last few decades. The play offers teachers of early modern literature the most overt example of homoerotic attraction in the canon. It also repays other kinds of historicist work as well. And it provides a strong counterexample that helps to combat the privileging of Shakespeare on syllabi treating early modern theater and culture; juxtaposing the play with Richard II often helps to open student readers’ eyes to the value of picking up the work of Shakespeare’s contemporaries. Since Marlowe’s play can be found in a variety of modern anthologies and editions, it is worth wondering what another edition of the play might ... Read More
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      PubDate: 2016-08-11T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Middle English Romance and the Craft of Memory by Jamie McKinstry (review)
    • Abstract: While much has been done in the study of medieval memory practices and the history of the craft of memory, McKinstry discusses in his book Middle English Romance and the Craft of Memory how previous research has stopped short in the examination of how memory functions within individual medieval tales themselves. Because “romances are imaginative, creative works and rely on the memory of past cultures and contexts in order to create present fiction,” the author argues that memory is an essential component of the medieval romance genre (8). McKinstry sets out to demonstrate how romances themselves employ memory and how both characters and audience participate in the creation, recollection, and practice of memory ... Read More
      Keywords: Grendel; Panel painting, Medieval; Painting, Medieval; Jesus Christ; Arthurian romances; Yvette,; Mary,; Women hermits; Lateran Council; Death; Dead; Reformation; Arabic literature; Christian heresies; Sarto, Andrea del,; Trees; Historiography; Viole
      PubDate: 2016-08-11T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Medieval Romance and Material Culture ed. by Nicholas Perkins (review)
    • Abstract: The thirteenth biannual conference “Romance in Medieval Britain” took place at St. Hugh’s College, Oxford; the papers presented are published as Medieval Romance and Material Culture. This book, edited by Nicholas Perkins, includes fourteen chapters-essays that offer an eclectic examination of “how medieval romances respond to material culture, but also how romance itself helps to constitute and transmit that culture” (1). Using a host of texts and perspectives from the twelfth century into the Renaissance period and ending with Victorian interpretations of medieval romances, these essays “reveal many ways in which ‘mere’ objects become complex things in romance, and also how a focused attention on romances’ ... Read More
      Keywords: Grendel; Panel painting, Medieval; Painting, Medieval; Jesus Christ; Arthurian romances; Yvette,; Mary,; Women hermits; Lateran Council; Death; Dead; Reformation; Arabic literature; Christian heresies; Sarto, Andrea del,; Trees; Historiography; Viole
      PubDate: 2016-08-11T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • From Eden to Eternity: Creations of Paradise in the Later Middle Ages by
           Alistair Minnis (review)
    • Abstract: What was life like in the Garden of Eden? And what would it have been like if man had not fallen and sin had not marred the world? Great thinkers like Augustine, Aquinas, Bonaventure, Wyclif, and Calvin were profoundly intellectually engaged with these questions, in part because they wished to understand and interpret scripture and in part because their interpretations had theological and sociological implications in their own cultures. Medieval and Renaissance poets, like Dante, the Pearl-poet, and Milton were similarly engaged, though the form of their rhetoric differs. In From Eden to Eternity: Creations of Paradise in the Later Middle Ages, Alistair Minnis explores a variety of Latin and vernacular texts—as ... Read More
      Keywords: Grendel; Panel painting, Medieval; Painting, Medieval; Jesus Christ; Arthurian romances; Yvette,; Mary,; Women hermits; Lateran Council; Death; Dead; Reformation; Arabic literature; Christian heresies; Sarto, Andrea del,; Trees; Historiography; Viole
      PubDate: 2016-08-11T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Mysticism and Reform, 1400-1750 ed. by Sara S. Poor and Nigel Smith
           (review)
    • Abstract: The authors of the volume Mysticism and Reform, 1400-1750 examine the place of mysticism within Reformation discourse. They seek to evoke themes within literature that paralleled the challenge to widely-held conceptions of power and authority that the Reformation posed. In the process, they identify several motifs, such as millenarianism, state intervention in the mystical tradition—either in its repression or propagation—and the gendering of spirituality.Euan Cameron’s piece provides a fine summary of how the Reformation was a watershed in European intellectual history. He argues that the Reformation was a moment when traditional epistemologies sustained forceful attack. As he explains, the ways of knowing were ... Read More
      Keywords: Grendel; Panel painting, Medieval; Painting, Medieval; Jesus Christ; Arthurian romances; Yvette,; Mary,; Women hermits; Lateran Council; Death; Dead; Reformation; Arabic literature; Christian heresies; Sarto, Andrea del,; Trees; Historiography; Viole
      PubDate: 2016-08-11T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Being the Nação in the Eternal City: New Christian Lives in
           Sixteenth-Century Rome by James W. Nelson Novoa (review)
    • Abstract: When a recent Syrian immigrant to Sweden was asked by a reporter whether, if peace returned, he would ever want to go back to Syria, he replied that no, he was in fact a Palestinian refugee in Syria and now all he wanted to do was settle down for good and become a Swedish citizen. The many flights and multiple identities of a contemporary Middle Easterner recall the complicated early modern history of the Jews of Portugal, a chapter of which is here painstakingly excavated by James W. Nelson Novoa. His book focuses on second generation conversos or New Christians, children of Jewish parents who were forced by the King of Portugal to convert to Christianity in 1497, or flee. Nelson Novoa’s subjects faced a later ... Read More
      Keywords: Grendel; Panel painting, Medieval; Painting, Medieval; Jesus Christ; Arthurian romances; Yvette,; Mary,; Women hermits; Lateran Council; Death; Dead; Reformation; Arabic literature; Christian heresies; Sarto, Andrea del,; Trees; Historiography; Viole
      PubDate: 2016-08-11T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Scotland, England and France after the Loss of Normandy, 1204-1296:
           ‘Auld Amitie’ by M. A. Pollock (review)
    • Abstract: Melissa Pollock’s book on the nobility of Scotland, England, and France during the thirteenth century serves in many ways as a companion volume to her discussion of a similar topic during the twelfth century in The Lion, The Lily, and the Leopard: The Crown and Nobility of Scotland, France, and England and the Struggle for Power (1100-1204), published by Brepols in 2015. Her goals in the current volume mirror and build on those offered in the The Lion, the Lily, and the Leopard: to establish Scotland’s place in the Anglo-Franco political and cultural realm of western Europe, and to discuss how the nobility of those three realms were interconnected. While the title indicates a desire to consider Scotland, England ... Read More
      Keywords: Grendel; Panel painting, Medieval; Painting, Medieval; Jesus Christ; Arthurian romances; Yvette,; Mary,; Women hermits; Lateran Council; Death; Dead; Reformation; Arabic literature; Christian heresies; Sarto, Andrea del,; Trees; Historiography; Viole
      PubDate: 2016-08-11T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Theodora: Actress, Empress, Saint by David Potter (review)
    • Abstract: David Potter has written Theodora: Actress, Empress, Saint as part of the Women in Antiquity series, edited by Ronnie Ancona and Sarah B. Pomeroy. David Potter’s book is as much a story of Mediterranean politics in the ancient world as it is the love story between Justinian, the son of peasants, and Theodora, a former actress and as such considered a person of ill repute, that rose from humble beginnings to become Emperor and Empress of the mighty Byzantine empire. Together they were one of the most famous couples of the ancient world, known for their piety and for championing the downtrodden.Theodora’s story starts with that of her family. They were what one might term circus folk. Her mother was an actress and ... Read More
      Keywords: Grendel; Panel painting, Medieval; Painting, Medieval; Jesus Christ; Arthurian romances; Yvette,; Mary,; Women hermits; Lateran Council; Death; Dead; Reformation; Arabic literature; Christian heresies; Sarto, Andrea del,; Trees; Historiography; Viole
      PubDate: 2016-08-11T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Representing Beasts in Early Medieval England and Scandinavia ed. by
           Michael D. J. Bintley and Thomas J. T. Williams (review)
    • Abstract: This volume edited by Michael D. J. Bintley and Thomas J. T. Williams contains eleven studies which aim to rethink the theme of “beasts,” defined loosely as domestic and wild animals which interacted with humans in symbolic and practical terms, during the early medieval period in the so-called “north sea cultural zone” of England and Scandinavia. The book contributes to the emerging interest in recent scholarship in understanding the bonds between humans and non-humans, of which the latter category includes a far wider selection of creatures and objects (eg. animals, plants, mythical beasts) than what modern society would traditionally consider as living. For instance, Bintley with Michael G. Shapland co-edited in ... Read More
      Keywords: Grendel; Panel painting, Medieval; Painting, Medieval; Jesus Christ; Arthurian romances; Yvette,; Mary,; Women hermits; Lateran Council; Death; Dead; Reformation; Arabic literature; Christian heresies; Sarto, Andrea del,; Trees; Historiography; Viole
      PubDate: 2016-08-11T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Representing Imperial Rivalry in the Early Modern Mediterranean ed. by
           Barbara Fuchs and Emily Weissbourd (review)
    • Abstract: In the Introduction to Representing Imperial Rivalry in the Early Modern Mediterranean, editors Barbara Fuchs and Emily Weissbourd argue that the “cultural history of empires must be studied relationally rather than in isolation or even comparatively” (4). Further, they contend that the “imperial imaginary” is a crucial conceptual space that must be extrapolated and dissected through various disciplinary lenses (4); this volume seeks to articulate and complicate the “distinct rhetorics” of imperial rivalry via a broadened model of Ferdinand Braudel’s Mediterranean (3). The intended contribution of Representing Imperial Rivalry, Fuchs and Weissbourd write, is to expand “the archive of Mediterranean texts and ... Read More
      Keywords: Grendel; Panel painting, Medieval; Painting, Medieval; Jesus Christ; Arthurian romances; Yvette,; Mary,; Women hermits; Lateran Council; Death; Dead; Reformation; Arabic literature; Christian heresies; Sarto, Andrea del,; Trees; Historiography; Viole
      PubDate: 2016-08-11T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Resounding Images: Medieval Intersections of Art, Music, and Sound ed. by
           Susan Boynton and Diane J. Reilly (review)
    • Abstract: The role of sound, together with sight, in the aesthetic experience has appeared increasingly in Art Historical studies, especially in conjunction with the liturgical, performance, and musical arts. One of the main problems confronting Art Historians specializing in the Middle Ages is the reconstruction and performance of sound, whether in a monastery or private residence, and this book consists of essays, centered on sound in the medieval context, originally inspired by a College Art Conference session entitled “Art and Sound in the Pre-modern Era.” Although these essays range from architectural to liturgical studies, they all revolve around analyzing and understanding the ephemeral role of sound in shaping the ... Read More
      Keywords: Grendel; Panel painting, Medieval; Painting, Medieval; Jesus Christ; Arthurian romances; Yvette,; Mary,; Women hermits; Lateran Council; Death; Dead; Reformation; Arabic literature; Christian heresies; Sarto, Andrea del,; Trees; Historiography; Viole
      PubDate: 2016-08-11T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Rethinking the New Medievalism ed. by R. Howard Bloch et al. (review)
    • Abstract: Rethinking the New Medievalism recalls the controversial special edition of Speculum, The New Philology (1990), edited by Stephen G. Nichols, and The New Medievalism (1991), coedited by Nichols, Marina Brownlee, and Kevin Brownlee, all of whom contributed to this collection of sixteen essays. R. Howard Bloch revisits the polemics and controversy in “The New Philology Comes of Age,” as does Nichols in “New Challenges for the New Medievalism,” and Gabrielle M. Spiegel in “Reflections on The New Philology.” The collection reassesses the state of the New Medievalism, as well as the New Philology, in its interdisciplinary methodology. In regard to textual scholarship, New Medievalism takes traditional philology a step ... Read More
      Keywords: Grendel; Panel painting, Medieval; Painting, Medieval; Jesus Christ; Arthurian romances; Yvette,; Mary,; Women hermits; Lateran Council; Death; Dead; Reformation; Arabic literature; Christian heresies; Sarto, Andrea del,; Trees; Historiography; Viole
      PubDate: 2016-08-11T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • The Civic Cycles: Artisan Drama and Identity in Premodern England by
           Nicole R. Rice and Margarete Aziza Pappano (review)
    • Abstract: This heady and poignant volume gathers and revises a number of important essays on the Civic Cycles by Nicole R. Rice and Margarete Aziza Pappano, peers and pioneers in studying the social history of the genre. Parts of three chapters are rooted in journal articles written individually or by both authors, now expanded and revised with much completely new material, making this volume not only a welcome coalescence of the authors’ past work on the pageants, but also an occasion for thoughtful and thorough elaboration upon issues of joint concern. The chapters progress with consistent rhetorical energy, as the voices of these critics blend harmoniously, displaying what must have been some substantial collaborative ... Read More
      Keywords: Grendel; Panel painting, Medieval; Painting, Medieval; Jesus Christ; Arthurian romances; Yvette,; Mary,; Women hermits; Lateran Council; Death; Dead; Reformation; Arabic literature; Christian heresies; Sarto, Andrea del,; Trees; Historiography; Viole
      PubDate: 2016-08-11T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • The Master of the Trebon Altarpiece by Jan Royt (review)
    • Abstract: Author Jan Royt approaches the altarpiece of Trebon with sensitivity and caution, as little is known about the master painter. What is certain is that the Archbishop of Prague Jan of Jenstejn is intimately intertwined with both the Trebon Altarpiece and the Madonna of Roudnice; this relationship is explored throughout as the Archbishop commissioned it. The bright colors of the panel are intended to invoke Neoplatonic theology, a spiritual concept that would have appealed to Jan of Jenstejn. Royt draws upon the socio-cultural conditions, historical religious context, and other artworks that were prevalent during the late fourteenth century to arrive at a greater understanding of the work itself.The first part of the ... Read More
      Keywords: Grendel; Panel painting, Medieval; Painting, Medieval; Jesus Christ; Arthurian romances; Yvette,; Mary,; Women hermits; Lateran Council; Death; Dead; Reformation; Arabic literature; Christian heresies; Sarto, Andrea del,; Trees; Historiography; Viole
      PubDate: 2016-08-11T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Desire in the Canterbury Tales by Elizabeth Scala (review)
    • Abstract: Desire in the Canterbury Tales is part of the Interventions: New Studies in Medieval Culture Series edited by Ethan Knapp. The book is divided into 6 sections covering topics such as Mobility and Contestation; Desire, Knowledge, and the Ruse of Satisfaction in the Knight’s Tale; Misreading Like the Reeve; Symptoms of Desire in Chaucer’s Wives and Clerks; Disfigurements of Desire in Chaucer’s Religious Tales; and Reading and Misreading Chaucer.Elizabeth Scala argues that desire is structurally significant in the way the tales relate to each other. The act of misreading and the idea of desire are exposed as the twin driving forces of Chaucer’s tales. The tales are generated as misreadings and misrecognitions of each ... Read More
      Keywords: Grendel; Panel painting, Medieval; Painting, Medieval; Jesus Christ; Arthurian romances; Yvette,; Mary,; Women hermits; Lateran Council; Death; Dead; Reformation; Arabic literature; Christian heresies; Sarto, Andrea del,; Trees; Historiography; Viole
      PubDate: 2016-08-11T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Seven Myths of the Crusades ed. by Alfred J. Andrea and Andrew Holt
           (review)
    • Abstract: Alfred J. Andrea and Andrew Holt’s timely, readable, and informative book will hopefully go a long way towards combating some of the myths of the crusades that still circulate in the twenty-first century. This slim volume tackles seven myths, all of them introduced by quotations demonstrating their relevance. Some of the papers here reveal the myth to lack any sort of serious historical background (like those surrounding the Templars) while other papers provide more of a state of the field analysis where the topic is just too complex to give a single answer (such as the relationship between crusaders and Jews). The book begins with a generous introduction by Andrea and Holt. This introduction is a real gem and one ... Read More
      Keywords: Grendel; Panel painting, Medieval; Painting, Medieval; Jesus Christ; Arthurian romances; Yvette,; Mary,; Women hermits; Lateran Council; Death; Dead; Reformation; Arabic literature; Christian heresies; Sarto, Andrea del,; Trees; Historiography; Viole
      PubDate: 2016-08-11T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Cymbeline by William Shakespeare, and: Merry Wives of Windsor by William
           Shakespeare (review)
    • Abstract: To borrow a phrase Shakespeare would have recognized, the New Kittredge Shakespeare falls between two stools. Trying to wed the philological and editorial-history interests of early twentieth-century scholar George Lyman Kittredge to the performance-studies turn of a century later, the series serves neither master very well, and in the process seems confused about its primary audience.Cymbeline’s introduction, by editor Hannah C. Wojciehowski, asserts that, “The goal of the performance notes—one of the unique features of the New Kittredge Shakespeare series—is to help readers who are new to Shakespeare …” (xxv). But performance notes are a standard feature of most new Shakespeare editions—the Royal Shakespeare ... Read More
      Keywords: Grendel; Panel painting, Medieval; Painting, Medieval; Jesus Christ; Arthurian romances; Yvette,; Mary,; Women hermits; Lateran Council; Death; Dead; Reformation; Arabic literature; Christian heresies; Sarto, Andrea del,; Trees; Historiography; Viole
      PubDate: 2016-08-11T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • King Henry VI Parts I, II, and III by William Shakespeare (review)
    • Abstract: Shakespeare’s first tetralogy, his history plays treating English political history from the death of Henry V to Henry VII’s victory at Bosworth Field, get short shrift next to the plays of the second tetralogy. Richard II’s tragic lyricism, the antics of Hal and Falstaff, and the patriotism of Henry V have all helped to make those later plays more popular on stage and in classrooms. And even within the first tetralogy, the cunning Machiavellianism of Gloucester in Richard III has served to make the capstone of the first tetralogy more popular than its predecessors, despite the earlier plays’ vibrant staging of Cade’s rebellion or Talbot’s and Joan’s rises and falls. In Annalisa Castaldo’s edition of King Henry VI ... Read More
      Keywords: Grendel; Panel painting, Medieval; Painting, Medieval; Jesus Christ; Arthurian romances; Yvette,; Mary,; Women hermits; Lateran Council; Death; Dead; Reformation; Arabic literature; Christian heresies; Sarto, Andrea del,; Trees; Historiography; Viole
      PubDate: 2016-08-11T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Supplications from England and Wales in the Registers of the Apostolic
           Penitentiary, 1410–1503 ed. by Peter D. Clarke and Patrick N. R. Zutshi
           (review)
    • Abstract: During the later Middle Ages, the Apostolic Penitentiary afforded medieval Christians a route to absolution and dispensation of many of the increasingly common sins that was normally reserved to papal authority and which put them in conflict with the law of the church. The supplications generated by the lay and clerical clientele of this institution are preserved in the registers of the Apostolic Penitentiary, today part of the Archivio Segreto Vaticano. The work under review, the final tome of a three-volume set cataloging the supplications from England and Wales (that is, from the ecclesiastical provinces of Canterbury and York), provides an invaluable tool to scholars of the British church and clergy, canon law ... Read More
      Keywords: Grendel; Panel painting, Medieval; Painting, Medieval; Jesus Christ; Arthurian romances; Yvette,; Mary,; Women hermits; Lateran Council; Death; Dead; Reformation; Arabic literature; Christian heresies; Sarto, Andrea del,; Trees; Historiography; Viole
      PubDate: 2016-08-11T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Taxonomies of Knowledge: Information and Order in Medieval Manuscripts ed.
           by Emily Steiner and Lynn Ransom (review)
    • Abstract: Emily Steiner’s introduction to this edited volume of the proceedings of the Fifth Annual Schoenberg Symposium on Manuscript Studies in the Digital Age (held 16–17 November 2012 at the Schoenberg Institute for Manuscripts, University of Pennsylvania) neatly describes that meeting’s goals: to question how medieval manuscripts transmit knowledge through genealogies, diagrams, commentary, rubrics, finding aids, book lists, and maps; and to understand how medieval manuscripts themselves function taxonomically, that is, as systems through which knowledge can be organized, classified, and used.Given the digital aspect of the symposium, it is understandable that the editor and author of the introduction would draw ... Read More
      Keywords: Grendel; Panel painting, Medieval; Painting, Medieval; Jesus Christ; Arthurian romances; Yvette,; Mary,; Women hermits; Lateran Council; Death; Dead; Reformation; Arabic literature; Christian heresies; Sarto, Andrea del,; Trees; Historiography; Viole
      PubDate: 2016-08-11T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Teaching Beowulf in the Twenty-First Century ed. by Howell D. Chickering,
           Allen J. Frantzen, and Robert. F. Yeager (review)
    • Abstract: Teaching Beowulf in the Twenty-First Century, edited by Howell Chickering, Allen J. Frantzen, and R. F. Yeager, is a collection of twenty-six essays addressing a wide range of pedagogical contexts and strategies for teaching the eponymous Anglo-Saxon poem. As the editors’ introduction suggests, the volume’s contents “include the work of established and new scholars,” and encompass a remarkable variety of perspectives on Beowulf as a classroom text (1). The volume is well organized to facilitate easy reference. It is divided first into two primary parts, the first of which “concerns materials every teacher requires, including editions, translations, handbooks, adaptations, and electronic and multimedia resources,” ... Read More
      Keywords: Grendel; Panel painting, Medieval; Painting, Medieval; Jesus Christ; Arthurian romances; Yvette,; Mary,; Women hermits; Lateran Council; Death; Dead; Reformation; Arabic literature; Christian heresies; Sarto, Andrea del,; Trees; Historiography; Viole
      PubDate: 2016-08-11T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • The Complete Story of the Grail: Chrétien de Troyes’ Perceval and Its
           Continuations by Chrétien de Troyes (review)
    • Abstract: The Quest for the Holy Grail is an iconic story in Western culture. The first writer to set it down in literature was Chrétien de Troyes, the twelfth-century French trouvère poet associated with the courts of Marie of Champagne and Philip of Flanders. It is believed to be the latter patron who commissioned the creation of Chrétien’s last great work, Perceval, the tale of the Grail knight. Author of several Arthurian works including Yvain, The Knight of the Lion and Cligés, Chrétien is considered the preeminent poet of chivalric culture. His Grail manuscript breaks off, and it is commonly thought that its unfinished state can be attributed to his death. What remains is of such rare quality that it became a medieval ... Read More
      Keywords: Grendel; Panel painting, Medieval; Painting, Medieval; Jesus Christ; Arthurian romances; Yvette,; Mary,; Women hermits; Lateran Council; Death; Dead; Reformation; Arabic literature; Christian heresies; Sarto, Andrea del,; Trees; Historiography; Viole
      PubDate: 2016-08-11T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Medieval Robots: Mechanism, Magic, Nature and Art by E. R. Truitt (review)
    • Abstract: By conjuring up the anomaly of a “medieval robot” in her book title, Medieval Robots: Mechanism, Magic, Nature and Art, Elly R. Truitt provokes a reexamination of mechanism as the hallmark of a new scientific framework in the early modern period. In the book, Truitt argues that Europeans had been writing about automata—“devices with a self-contained principle of motion”—since at least the ninth century, even if they only began making such devices toward the second half of the thirteenth century, and only turned to consider mechanism the primary account of causality in the sixteenth century. The book offers a compendium of numerous exemplars in travel accounts, chansons de geste, and romances to demonstrate a deep ... Read More
      Keywords: Grendel; Panel painting, Medieval; Painting, Medieval; Jesus Christ; Arthurian romances; Yvette,; Mary,; Women hermits; Lateran Council; Death; Dead; Reformation; Arabic literature; Christian heresies; Sarto, Andrea del,; Trees; Historiography; Viole
      PubDate: 2016-08-11T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Imagining Religious Leadership in the Middle Ages: Richard of Saint-Vanne
           and the Politics of Reform by Steven Vanderputten (review)
    • Abstract: Steven Vanderputten is a productive scholar, publishing a spate of books and articles over the past decade, most of which deal with questions of monastic history in medieval Flanders and the surrounding areas in the tenth and eleventh centuries. With Imagining Religious Leadership in the Middle Ages Vanderputten turns his attention to a monastic figure, who he argues has been oft misinterpreted: Richard of Saint-Vanne. Vanderputten gives us the most thorough investigation of the life and actions of Richard to date, and does so in an impressive manner.At the heart of the book is Vanderputten’s sense that Richard was not, contrary to much existing scholarship, “the principal figure in the ‘Lotharingian reform ... Read More
      Keywords: Grendel; Panel painting, Medieval; Painting, Medieval; Jesus Christ; Arthurian romances; Yvette,; Mary,; Women hermits; Lateran Council; Death; Dead; Reformation; Arabic literature; Christian heresies; Sarto, Andrea del,; Trees; Historiography; Viole
      PubDate: 2016-08-11T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • The Duchess of Malfi by John Webster (review)
    • Abstract: As a Shakespearean I have long been interested in John Webster’s The Duchess of Malfi, mostly because of its incessant echoes of Hamlet—an aspect of the play ignored in Michael Neill’s newish Norton Critical Edition. That being said, the very best piece I’ve read on Webster’s horny, doomed Duchess is Neill’s brief but luminous essay, ‘The Spirit of Greatness or of Woman,” which occupies xxxi to xxxv of the introduction.Neill’s edit of the play is very well done. Older notes are not discarded merely because they are old. And the selection of others’ essays about the play manages to sample opinion from the nineteenth century to Mike Figgis’s motion picture, Hotel. Of particular interest is Barbara Correll’s “From ... Read More
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      PubDate: 2016-08-11T00:00:00-05:00
       
 
 
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