Brill's Companions to the Christian Tradition

A series of handbooks and reference works on the intellectual and religious life of Europe, 500-1800

Volumes deal with persons, movements, schools and genres in medieval and early modern Christian life, thought and practice. Written by the foremost specialists in the respective fields, they aim to provide full balanced accounts at an advanced level, as well as synthesis of debate and the state of scholarship in eight to fifteen substantial chapters. Volumes are in English (contributions from continental scholars are translated). Three or four volumes of 350-600 pages are published each year.

Editorial Board

Edited by Christopher M. Bellitto, Kean University ( website)


Non-specialist professionals and graduate (or otherwise advanced) students in theology, philosophy, intellectual history, medieval, renaissance and reformation history

Review Quote

"The Brill Companions to the Christian Tradition have established themselves as indispensable guides for those who study and teach medieval and early modern Christian history. Written by leading specialists, they present and evaluate superbly the persons, movements, and schools that have shaped the intellectual and religious life of Europe."
Gerald O'Collins, SJ, emeritus professor Gregorian University (Rome).

“Since its initiation in 2006, [this series] has established itself as a major reference point for scholars working on Christian history. The volumes offer comprehensive reviews of the state of play in a specific field of research without sacrificing quality and originality in their contributions.”
Norman Housley, University of Leicester. In: The Journal of Ecclesiastical History, Vol. 62, No. 2 (April 2011), pp. 385-386.

"Excellent series"
Michael C. Voigts, Asbury Theological Seminary. In: Church History, Vol. 81, No. 3 (September 2012), p. 671.