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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 With a new introduction and index, and often with new notes and previously unpublished material, they constitute an essential resource.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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Gratian and the Schools of Law, 1140-1234: Second Edition

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

Forthcoming

Stephan Kuttner, edited by Peter Landau
May 18, 2018

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 followed the publication...

The Christian Epigraphy of Egypt and Nubia

The Christian Epigraphy of Egypt and Nubia

Forthcoming

Jacques van der Vliet
April 23, 2018

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 between the third/fourth and...

Pathways from Slavery: British and Colonial Mobilizations in Global Perspective

Pathways from Slavery: British and Colonial Mobilizations in Global Perspective

Forthcoming

Seymour Drescher
December 22, 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

Peter Meredith, John Marshall
December 04, 2017

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 group of scholars,...

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

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

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 performance in its many aspects, and...

Pages from the Past: Medieval Writing Skills and Manuscript Books

Pages from the Past: Medieval Writing Skills and Manuscript Books

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

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...

Crusaders and Franks: Studies in the History of the Crusades and the Frankish Levant

Crusaders and Franks: Studies in the History of the Crusades and the Frankish Levant

Benjamin Z. Kedar
October 13, 2017

While research on the crusades tends increasingly to bifurcate into study of the crusade idea and the crusading expeditions, and study of the Frankish states the crusaders established in the Levant, Benjamin Kedar confirms-through the articles reproduced in this latest selection of his articles-his...

The Middle Ages without Feudalism: Essays in Criticism and Comparison on the Medieval West

The Middle Ages without Feudalism: Essays in Criticism and Comparison on the Medieval West

Susan Reynolds
July 28, 2017

This volume brings together articles (including two hitherto unpublished pieces) that Susan Reynolds has written since the publication of her Fiefs and Vassals (1994). There she argued that the concepts of the fief and of vassalage, as generally understood by historians of medieval Europe, were...

Medieval Trade in the Eastern Mediterranean and Beyond

Medieval Trade in the Eastern Mediterranean and Beyond

David Jacoby
July 05, 2017

The articles in this collection cover the region extending from Italy to the Black Sea and to Egypt, over a period of seven centuries, with an emphasis on the considerable economic and social interaction between the West and the regions of the Eastern Mediterranean. They represent key works in the...

Renaissance Humanism, from the Middle Ages to Modern Times

Renaissance Humanism, from the Middle Ages to Modern Times

John Monfasani
June 28, 2017

Starting with an essay on the Renaissance as the concluding phase of the Middle Ages and ending with appreciations of Paul Oskar Kristeller, the great twentieth-century scholar of the Renaissance, this new volume by John Monfasani brings together seventeen articles that focus both on individuals,...

Cult, Ritual, Divinity and Belief in the Roman World

Cult, Ritual, Divinity and Belief in the Roman World

Duncan Fishwick
May 31, 2017

The papers assembled in this selection of studies range in subject matter from early Judaic magic to an inscribed monument of the Neo-Classical period. The principal emphasis of the collection is nevertheless on religious developments under the High Roman Empire: problems arising from the...

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