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E. de Vries-van der Velden

L'auteur s'est proposé d'étudier plus à fond l'époque de la guerre civile à Byzance de 1341 à 1354, jusqu'à présent trop négligée par les byzantinistes. La haute aristocratie, se rebellant contre le gouvernement impérial, s'était alliée sans scrupules aux Turcs, persuadée que ceux-ci étaient moins dangereux pour elle que les masses populaires, avec lesquelles le gouvernement s'était associé. Bientôt les Turcs envahissaient presque tout l'empire, dévastant des provinces entières de la Grèce actuelle, pour s'y installer enfin en permanence.

Schriften im Umkreis mitteleuropäischer Universitäten um 1400

Lateinische und Volkssprachige Texte aus Prag, Wien und Heidelberg: Unterschiede, Gemeinsam-keiten, Wechselbeziehungen


Edited by Fritz Knapp, Jürgen Miethke and Manuela Niesner

The papers published here were presented at an international symposium held in 2002 at Heidelberg, at which international experts investigated the literary output at the end of the 14th century and at the beginning of the 15th of the first three universities founded within the medieval Holy Roman Empire north of the Alps: Prague, Vienna and Heidelberg. The articles provide insights into a great variety of academic texts till now rarely examined and the specific conditions of their production, and trace the interrelations between these universities which were narrowly interlinked by many itinerant teachers and scholars. The papers deal with the scholarly Latin texts, which often originated directly from teaching, as well as the vernacular texts stimulated or influenced by academic learning in the practice fields of preaching, religious doctrine, edification, pastoral theology, and general popularizing of scholarship.

Rituals of Power

From Late Antiquity to the Early Middle Ages


Edited by Frans Theuws and Janet Nelson

13 papers by 16 leading archaeologists and historians of late antiquity and the early middle ages break new ground in their discussion, analysis and criticism of present interpretations of early medieval rituals and their material correlates. Some deal with rituals relating to death, life cycles and the circulation in other contexts of objects otherwise used in the burial ritual. Others are concerned with the symbolism and ideology of royal power, the formation of a political ideology east of the Rhine from the mid-5th century onwards, and penance rituals in relation to Carolingian episcopal discourse on ecclesiastical power and morale. All deal with the creation of new identities, cultures, norms and values, and their expression in new rituals and ideas from the period of the Great Migrations through the Later Roman Empire down to the society of Beowulf and the later Carolingians.


Edited by Mitchell and Wood

In a fascinating series of essays, the life, works and world of Gregory of Tours are evaluated. This sixth-century bishop is probably best known as writer of the History of the Franks. The collection of essays makes a valuable contribution to the flourishing field of Gregory of Tours studies.
Though the contributors take full account of his political dimension, they also see Gregory in his cultural context. In addition to being representative of the age in which he lived, Gregory is presented here as an exceptional man.
Furthermore, the contributors offer an up-to-date assessment of Merovingian culture, history and religion. Themes include: the urban history of Tours and the Merovingian world; ideas, politics and international contacts in the Merovingian world; the Merovingian church; Gregory's hagiographic writings; the Histories; and the manuscript tradition.

Contributors include: Bernard S. Bachrach, Peter Brown, John J. Contreni, S. Fanning, Nancy Gauthier, Walter Goffart, Guy Halsall, Yitzak Hen, Conrad Leyser, Felice Lifshitz, Jo Ann McNamara, Kathleen Mitchell, William Monroe, Janet L. Nelson, Giselle de Nie, Thomas F.X. Noble, Patrick Périn, Walther Pohl, E.M. Rose, B.H. Rosenwein, Danuta Shanzer, Julia M.H. Smith, Ian Wood, andBarbara Yorke.

Iberia and the Mediterranean World of the Middle Ages, Volume II

Essays in Honor of Robert I. Burns., S.J.


Edited by Kagay, Padilla and Paul Chevedden

Brill's seriesThe Medieval Mediterranean has established itself as the main forum for studies exploring all aspects of the Mediterranean world during a period of 1000 years.

In the medieval period, the Mediterranean experienced a multiplicity of developments in social, political and economic structures, and in populations, religions and cultures. The centuries between the Late Roman world of the fourth and fifth century and the early modern, "Braudelian", Mediterranean of the sixteenth century were characterised by sweeping changes, including the establishment of post-Roman kingdoms in the west, the emergence of Slav societies in the Balkans, the struggle between Christians and Muslims in Spain and the movement of crusaders.

Founded in 1993,The Medieval Mediterranean series reflects the complexity of this period with a wide variety of high-quality scholarly works: from broad surveys to diachronic studies of particular areas or cities; investigations of individual themes or issues; conference proceedings, text editions and fully annotated translations.

Top specialists in a range of fields have contributed to the series and the volumes which have appeared so far have been warmly welcomed by reviewers. This series is indispensable for readers with interests in the history of later antiquity, the Middle Ages, Byzantium, Islam, the Balkans and the Black Sea area.

Publication schedule
At present 3 volumes of around 350 pages each are published in the series each year. The vast majority of the books in the series are in the English language, although works of outstanding quality in French or German may also be included. Volumes contain illustrations and maps where appropriate.


Society and Culture 1191-1374


Edited by Angel Nicolaou-Konnari and Chris Schabel

This volume is the only scholarly work in English examining the multicultural society of the Lusignan Kingdom of Cyprus during the first two centuries of Frankish rule following the conquest of the Byzantine island during the Third Crusade.
In this global synthesis based on original research, often in manuscripts, six chapters by acknowledged experts treat the main ethnic groups – Greeks and Franks – and the economy, religion, literature, and art of a frontier society between Byzantium, the papacy, the Crusader States, and the Islamic world.
Cyprus, also home to Armenians, Syrians (Maronites, Melkites, Jacobites, Nestorians), Jews, Muslims, and others, offers an excellent opportunity to study the fascinating issues of identity construction, acculturation, and assimilation in a ethnically and religiously diverse society.

Queen as King

Politics and Architectural Propaganda in Twelfth-Century Spain


Therese Martin

Queen as King traces the origins of San Isidoro in León as a royal monastic complex, following its progress as the site changed from a small eleventh-century palatine chapel housed in a double monastery to a great twelfth-century pilgrimage church served by Augustinian canons. Its most groundbreaking contribution to the history of art is the recovery of the lost patronage of Queen Urraca (reigned 1109-1126). Urraca maintained yet subverted her family’s tradition of patronage on the site: to understand her history is to hold the key to the art and architecture of San Isidoro. This new approach to San Isidoro and its patronage allows a major Romanesque monument to be understood more fully than before.


Edited by Sarah Blick and Rita Tekippe

This collection includes essays on the visual experience and material culture at medieval pilgrimage shrines of northern Europe and the British Isles, particularly the art and architecture created to intensify spiritual experience for visitors. These studies focus on regional pilgrimage centers which flourished from the 12th-16th centuries, addressing various aspects of visual imagery and architectural space which inspired devotees to value cults of enshrined saints and to venerate them in memory from afar. Subjects include pilgrim dress, jeweled and painted reliquaries, labyrinths, elaborate processions, printed texts of the saint's life, shrines, sculpture and other architectural decoration, and pilgrim souvenirs. Profusely illustrated with 350 photographs, this work will interest scholars and students of art history, history, religious studies, and popular culture.

Contributors include: Ilana Abend-David, Virginia Blanton, Sarah Blick, Katja Boertjes, James Bugslag, Lisa Victoria Ciresi, Daniel K. Connolly, M. Cecilia Gaposchkin, Laura D. Gelfand, Anja Grebe, Anne F. Harris, Kelly M. Holbert, Vida J. Hull, Jos Koldeweij, Marike de Kroon, Claire Labrecque, Stephen Lamia, Nora Laos, Jennifer M. Lee, Albert Lemeunier, Mitchell B. Merback, Scott B. Montgomery, Jeanne Nuechterlein, Rita Tekippe, William J. Travis, Kristen Van Ausdall, Benoît Van den Bossche.

Double Agents

Cultural and Political Brokerage in Early Modern Europe


Edited by Marika Keblusek and Badeloch Vera Noldus

The early modern system of brokerage as a widespread practice of transmission and dissemination of political, intellectual and cultural ideas and objects has, in recent years, received some scholarly attention. Agents from different professional backgrounds – diplomats, scholars, artists, priests, booksellers and merchants – have, however, been studied mostly from a single, disciplinary perspective. The chapters making up this present volume all focus on individuals and professional groups who, in the course of their careers, became involved in multiple modes of cultural and political transfer. Together they present an international and interdisciplinary examination of early modern brokerage, a phenomenon which was permeating early modern society – and possibly even one of the fundamental organizational principles of that society.

Contributors include: Robert Hill, Thomas Kirk, Bianca Chen, Maartje van Gelder, Maurits A. Ebben, Peter Hauge, Susanna Kubersky-Piredda, Salvador Salort Pons, Martin Dönike, Badeloch Vera Noldus, and Marika Keblusek.

This publication was financed by NWO (Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research) as part of the VIDI research project "Double Agents: Cultural and Political Brokerage in Early Modern Europe".

Domestic Settings

Sources on Domestic Architecture and Day-to-Day Activities in the Crusader States


Adrian Boas

Whereas a great deal of research has been carried out on Crusader castles, churches and major buildings in the Latin East, almost no attention has been paid to domestic architecture and the domestic settings in which most of the population of the Crusader states spent most of their time. The present work attempts to address this deficiency by taking an in-depth look at the various domestic buildings that served the urban and rural population and the domestic apartments in castles and mosasteries. The basis for this survey is the wealth of published and unpublished archaeological data that has been uncovered over the past century and the various documentary materials available, much of which has been overlooked in the past.