Wind & Water in the Middle Ages
Fluid Technologies from Antiquity to the Renaissance
The unifying themes of this volume of eleven essays are the power of wind and water to turn mills, the services those mills made available to communities, and their social consequences. The essays include studies of mills in medieval Ireland, water technology in Islamic gardens and water management in medieval London.
The Winchcombe and Coventry Chronicles
Hitherto Unnoticed Witnesses to the Work of John of Worcester (2 vols)
This two-volume work offers the first critical edition and translation of the Winchcombe and Coventry Chronicles, two breviate world chronicles written during the century after the Norman Conquest. Although less sophisticated than works by the major chroniclers of the period, these texts shed light on the context in which historians were working, in this case illuminating the Chronica chronicarum of John of Worcester. Vol I: Introductions and Commentary. Vol II: Texts and Translations.
St. Oswald of Northumbria
The medieval German legend of St Oswald differs significantly from Bede’s version, with the introduction of ahistorical elements and a bridal-quest narrative. This study traces the continental story’s development, revealing the significance of the Icelandic Oswald’s Saga, the full text of which is included.
Songs of Holy Mary of Alfonso X, the Wise
A Translation of the Cantigas de Santa Maria
This is the first English translation of the 420 poems and songs written in Galician-Portuguese by King Alfonso X (1221–1284). Recounting the miracles performed by the Virgin Mary, they combine sincerity and devotion with witty, light-hearted passages that create a colourful panorama of medieval life.
Sir Thomas Herbert, Bart
Travels in Africa, Persia and Asia the Great
Thomas Herbert (1606–82) set off for Persia in 1627, accompanying the diplomat Sir Dodmore Cotton. He returned to England three years later and his Travels first appeared in 1634, but later editions added Herbert’s historical studies, combining erudition with the freshness of his youthful and pre-colonial travelogue. Edited, with an extensive introduction by John Anthony Butler.
'On Everyone's Lips':
Humanists, Jews, and the Tale of Simon of Trent
On Easter Sunday in 1475 the corpse of a two-year-old child was found in a ditch in Trent, and the rumour that he had been ritually murdered by Jews quickly gained acceptance; suspects were tried, confessed under torture and executed. Examining how a cult of Simon and the ‘blood libel’ against Jews were widely spread through printed verse and prose accounts, this volume presents a selection of vernacular and Latin texts with facing translations and notes.
Occasional Meditations of Mary Rich, Countess of Warwick
Remarkable for their religious and personal immediacy, the occasional meditations of Mary Rich, Countess of Warwick (1625–1678) are brief, spontaneous responses to daily life, in which spiritual significance is discovered in the commonplace. From ‘Upon desiring my docter to give me a potion’ to ‘Upon the lighting many Candles...’ the meditations are transcribed here in a complete, critical edition with an index of Biblical citations and a general index.
The Medieval Shepherd
Jean de Brie's Le Bon Berger (1379)
Dedicated to Charles V, Jean de Brie’s treatise on sheep husbandry is a systematic, month-by-month account of raising sheep from the shepherd’s perspective; a subject of great interest given the importance of the wool trade in medieval France. This scholarly edition comprises the original Middle French text, with facing translation, introduction and notes.
The Medieval Marriage Scene
Prudence, Passion, Policy
With topics including medieval Jewish models of marriage, the many loves of Philip Augustus of France, women talking about marriage in the poetry of William Dunbar and Hans Sachs, and the dilemma of widows with inherited property in medieval London, this collection of twelve essays approaches the subject of medieval marriage from the perspectives of literature, history, art history, law, religion and economics, and ranges geographically from Iceland to the Levant.
Saints' Lives in the Old Icelandic Kings' Sagas
Using Bakhtinian theoretical concepts, this study examines how generic conventions are brought into dialogue in the Old Icelandic sagas’ biographies of royal saints. This approach reveals hagiography’s role in saga’s origins and illuminates the depiction of rulers as conforming only sometimes to saintly ideals.
English Military News Pamphlets
David Randall presents transcriptions of 15 military news pamphlets, ranging from an account of Henry VIII’s invasion of France in 1513 to Philip Vincent’s True Relation of the Late Battel fought in New England (1637); and argues for their value as a source for the conduct of military campaigns and for various aspects of military life in Renaissance Europe.
The Commonplace Book of Sir John Strangways
A Royalist MP, Sir John Strangways (1585–1666) was imprisoned in the Tower on charges of high treason between 1645 and 1648 and during that time began compiling his commonplace book of reflections and poems. This full critical edition is Volume 275 of the Medieval and Renaissance Texts and Studies series. No jacket.
Beowulf and the Critics
Revised Second Edition
Presented in this full critical edition, with extensive explanatory notes, the two previously unpublished drafts of Tolkien’s lectures, ‘Beowulf and the Critics’ (A and B), illustrate the evolution of his thought and present, in a simplified form, the argument expressed in his seminal essay, ‘Beowulf: The Monsters and the Critics’ (1937).
Anglo-Saxon England and the Continent
Medieval and Renaissance Texts and Studies, Volume 394
Originating at an International Society of Anglo-Saxonists conference, these 17 papers examine aspects of Anglo-Saxon England’s close interaction with continental Europe, including the Danish origins of the Beowulf story, early medieval travel between England and Italy, and the correspondence of Aethelweard and Matilda, abbess of Essen.