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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 With a new introduction and index, and often with new notes and previously unpublished material, they constitute an essential resource.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 Aristotelian Tradition in Syriac

The Aristotelian Tradition in Syriac

1st Edition

Forthcoming

John W. Watt
April 12, 2019

This volume presents a panorama of Syriac engagement with Aristotelian philosophy primarily situated in the 6th to the 9th centuries, but also ranging to the 13th. It offers a wide range of articles, opening with surveys on the most important philosophical writers of the period before providing...

The Fatimids and Egypt

The Fatimids and Egypt

1st Edition

Forthcoming

Michael Brett
April 01, 2019

This Variorum volume is a collection of articles dealing with Egypt under the Fatimids, originally published in diverse journals and books between 1984 and 2013. The Fatimids came to power in North Africa in 910 CE, and ruled in Egypt from 969 to 1171 CE. As Imams and Caliphs, they claimed...

Cultures of Healing: Medieval and After

Cultures of Healing: Medieval and After

1st Edition

Forthcoming

Peregrine Horden
February 07, 2019

This volume brings together for the first time an updated collection of articles exploring poverty, poor relief, illness, and health care as they intersected in Western Europe, the Mediterranean and the Middle East, during a ‘long’ Middle Ages. It offers a thorough and wide-ranging investigation...

Peter Abelard and Heloise: Collected Studies

Peter Abelard and Heloise: Collected Studies

1st Edition

Forthcoming

David Luscombe
November 29, 2018

These essays provide original reflections and new evidence for the lives and work of an outstanding medieval couple, Peter Abelard and Heloise. The main themes of the author's studies are the careers and the thought of Peter Abelard, his philosophy, theology and monastic teaching, his relationship...

Gratian and the Schools of Law, 1140-1234: Second Edition

Gratian and the Schools of Law, 1140-1234: Second Edition

2nd Edition

Forthcoming

Stephan Kuttner, edited by Peter Landau
November 01, 2018

Collected Studies CS1071 The central figure in this volume is that of Gratian, whose monumental compilation of canon law sparked off the revival of legal studies in the medieval West. In other collections of essays, Stephan Kuttner dealt with the development of canon law in the two centuries that...

Studies in the Platonism of Marsilio Ficino and Giovanni Pico

Studies in the Platonism of Marsilio Ficino and Giovanni Pico

1st Edition

Michael J. B. Allen
August 14, 2018

Fifteen of these essays by one of the leading authorities on Renaissance Platonism explore the complex philosophical, hermeneutical, and mythological issues addressed by the Florentine, Marsilio Ficino (1433-99). Ficino was the pre-eminent Platonist of his time and a distinguished philosopher,...

The Christian Epigraphy of Egypt and Nubia

The Christian Epigraphy of Egypt and Nubia

1st Edition

Jacques van der Vliet
April 26, 2018

Collected Studies CS1070 The present book collects 31 articles that Jacques van der Vliet, a leading scholar in the field of Coptic Studies (Leiden University / Radboud University, Nijmegen), has published since 1999 on Christian inscriptions from Egypt and Nubia. These inscriptions are dated...

Pathways from Slavery: British and Colonial Mobilizations in Global Perspective

Pathways from Slavery: British and Colonial Mobilizations in Global Perspective

1st Edition

Seymour Drescher
December 19, 2017

Seymour Drescher’s regular, deeply-thought and carefully nuanced arguments have periodically reshaped how we think of the subject of the history of slavery itself. He has discussed the impact of economic and cultural factors on human behaviour and has shown that historical evidence does not lead to...

The Practicalities of Early English Performance: Manuscripts, Records, and Staging: Shifting Paradigms in Early English Drama Studies

The Practicalities of Early English Performance: Manuscripts, Records, and Staging: Shifting Paradigms in Early English Drama Studies

1st Edition

Peter Meredith, John Marshall
December 04, 2017

Collected Studies CS1069 The essays selected for this volume reflect Peter Meredith’s major contribution to the revival and revision of academic and public interest in medieval English drama and theatre. A number of coinciding factors in the last quarter of the twentieth century brought together a...

The Materials of Early Theatre: Sources, Images, and Performance: Shifting Paradigms in Early English Drama Studies

The Materials of Early Theatre: Sources, Images, and Performance: Shifting Paradigms in Early English Drama Studies

1st Edition

Meg Twycross, Sarah Carpenter, Pamela King
December 04, 2017

Collected Studies CS 1068 The essays selected for this volume are chosen to reflect the important and intersecting ways in which over the last forty years Meg Twycross has shifted paradigms for people reading early English religious drama. The focus of Meg Twycross’s research has been on...

Pages from the Past: Medieval Writing Skills and Manuscript Books

Pages from the Past: Medieval Writing Skills and Manuscript Books

1st Edition

M.B. Parkes, edited by P.R. Robinson
October 18, 2017

In the present collection of articles by Malcolm Parkes two overarching concerns emerge: the palaeography of manuscript books in relation to what Parkes has previously called the 'grammar of legibility'; and the importance of considering the circumstances in which medieval books were produced,...

The Decrees of the Fifth Lateran Council (1512–17): Their Legitimacy, Origins, Contents, and Implementation

The Decrees of the Fifth Lateran Council (1512–17): Their Legitimacy, Origins, Contents, and Implementation

1st Edition

Nelson H. Minnich
October 13, 2017

The Fifth Lateran Council (1512-17), whose 500th anniversary is being commemorated, has left a legacy little studied by scholars. The council’s status as an ecumenical council was questioned by its opponents and its decrees ignored, resisted, or only slowly implemented. This new collection of...

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