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Variorum Collected Studies


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The first title in the Variorum Collected Studies Series was published in 1970. Since then well over 700 titles have appeared in the series, and it has established a well-earned international reputation for the publication of key research across a whole range of subjects within the fields of history.

The history of the medieval world remains central to the series, with Byzantine studies a particular speciality, but the range of titles extends from Hellenistic philosophy and the history of the Roman empire and early Christianity, through the Renaissance and Reformation, up to the 20th century. The well-established coverage of Islamic studies is joined by a growing list in Asian history and in areas relating to the 'European expansion'. Another major strand is the history of science, technology and medicine. In addition the list includes many titles dealing with the histories of philosophy, law, and art and architecture, while most recently the series has expanded with great success into the history of music.

Each title in the Variorum Collected Studies Series brings together for the first time a selection of articles by a leading authority on a particular subject. These studies are reprinted from a vast range of learned journals, festschrifts, conference proceedings, and the like. They make available research that is scattered, even inaccessible in all but the largest and most specialized libraries. With a new introduction and index, and often with new notes and previously unpublished material, they constitute an essential resource. All volumes are printed on acid-free paper.

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The Religious Figural Imagery of Byzantine Lead Seals I: Studies on the Image of Christ, the Virgin and Narrative Scenes

The Religious Figural Imagery of Byzantine Lead Seals I: Studies on the Image of Christ, the Virgin and Narrative Scenes

1st Edition

Forthcoming

John A. Cotsonis
March 04, 2020

The articles republished in this volume are ground-breaking studies that employ a large body of religious figural imagery of Byzantine lead seals ranging from the 6th to the 15th century. A number of the studies present tables, charts and graphs in their analysis of iconographic trends and changing...

The Religious Figural Imagery of Byzantine Lead Seals II: Studies on Images of the Saints and on Personal Piety

The Religious Figural Imagery of Byzantine Lead Seals II: Studies on Images of the Saints and on Personal Piety

1st Edition

Forthcoming

John A. Cotsonis
March 03, 2020

The articles republished in this volume are ground-breaking studies that employ a large body of religious figural imagery of Byzantine lead seals ranging from the 6th to the 15th century. A number of the studies present tables, charts and graphs in their analysis of iconographic trends and changing...

Christian Spain and Portugal in the Early Middle Ages: Texts and Societies

Christian Spain and Portugal in the Early Middle Ages: Texts and Societies

1st Edition

Forthcoming

Wendy Davies
December 20, 2019

A collection of papers in English by one of the foremost historians of the social and economic structure of ​medieval rural communities, who here examines local societies in rural northern Spain and Portugal in the early middle ages. Principal themes are scribal practice and the analysis of charter...

The Boundless Sea: Writing Mediterranean History

The Boundless Sea: Writing Mediterranean History

1st Edition

Peregrine Horden, Nicholas Purcell
October 03, 2019

This volume brings together for the first time a collection of twelve articles written both jointly and individually by Peregrine Horden and Nicholas Purcell as they have participated in the debates generated by their major work, The Corrupting Sea: A Study of Mediterranean History (2000). One...

Early English Performance: Medieval Plays and Robin Hood Games: Shifting Paradigms in Early English Drama Studies

Early English Performance: Medieval Plays and Robin Hood Games: Shifting Paradigms in Early English Drama Studies

1st Edition

John Marshall, Philip Butterworth
September 30, 2019

Covering a period of nearly 40 years’ work by the author this collection of essays in the Shifting Paradigms in Early English Drama Studies series brings the perspective of a Drama academic and practitioner of early English plays to the understanding of how medieval plays and Robin Hood games of...

The Power of Islam in Morocco: Historical and Anthropological Perspectives

The Power of Islam in Morocco: Historical and Anthropological Perspectives

1st Edition

Mohamed El Mansour
September 20, 2019

The study of Muslim societies has been for a long time the appanage of western Orientalists and European ethnographers whose view from the outside rarely accounted for the complex reality of these societies. This Variorum volume by an eminent North African historian follows the development of Islam...

Evolutionary Naturalism in Victorian Britain: The 'Darwinians' and their Critics

Evolutionary Naturalism in Victorian Britain: The 'Darwinians' and their Critics

1st Edition

Bernard Lightman
July 25, 2019

Scholars have tended to portray T.H. Huxley, John Tyndall, and their allies as the dominant cultural authority in the second half of the 19th century. Defenders of Darwin and his theory of evolution, these men of science are often seen as a potent force for the secularization of British...

La théorie de la musique antique et médiévale

La théorie de la musique antique et médiévale

1st Edition

Michel Huglo
July 10, 2019

This is the final volume in the set of four collections of Michel Huglo's articles to be published in the Variorum series, and focuses on medieval music theory. The point of departure for Huglo's research was his doctoral dissertation on tonaries, published in 1971: as a consequence, he studied the...

Early Medieval Text and Image Volume 2: The Codex Amiatinus, the Book of Kells and Anglo-Saxon Art

Early Medieval Text and Image Volume 2: The Codex Amiatinus, the Book of Kells and Anglo-Saxon Art

1st Edition

Jennifer O'Reilly, Carol A Farr, Elizabeth Mullins
July 09, 2019

When she died in 2016, Dr Jennifer O’Reilly left behind a body of published and unpublished work in three areas of medieval studies: the iconography of the Gospel Books produced in early medieval Ireland and Anglo-Saxon England; the writings of Bede and his older Irish contemporary, Adomnán of Iona...

Early Medieval Text and Image Volume 1: The Insular Gospel Books

Early Medieval Text and Image Volume 1: The Insular Gospel Books

1st Edition

Jennifer O'Reilly, Carol A Farr, Elizabeth Mullins
July 08, 2019

When she died in 2016, Dr Jennifer O’Reilly left behind a body of published and unpublished work in three areas of medieval studies: the iconography of the Gospel Books produced in early medieval Ireland and Anglo-Saxon England; the writings of Bede and his older Irish contemporary, Adomnán of Iona...

The canzone villanesca alla napolitana: Social, Cultural and Historical Contexts

The canzone villanesca alla napolitana: Social, Cultural and Historical Contexts

1st Edition

Donna G. Cardamone
July 05, 2019

The printed debut of the canzone villanesca alla napolitana occurred on 24 October 1537, in Naples. Fifteen anonymous 'rustic songs' were published by Johannes de Colonia in a pocket-sized anthology with a cover featuring three women with hoes tilling the soil. The adjective villanesca (from...

History, Hagiography and Biblical Exegesis: Essays on Bede, Adomnán and Thomas Becket

History, Hagiography and Biblical Exegesis: Essays on Bede, Adomnán and Thomas Becket

1st Edition

Jennifer O'Reilly, Máirín MacCarron, Diarmuid Scully
June 04, 2019

When she died in 2016, Dr Jennifer O’Reilly left behind a body of published and unpublished work in three areas of medieval studies: the iconography of the Gospel Books produced in early medieval Ireland and Anglo-Saxon England; the writings of Bede and his older Irish contemporary, Adomnán of Iona...

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