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. The series' editor-in-chief is Christopher M. Bellitto.
Edited by Christopher M. Bellitto, Kean University (
Non-specialist professionals and graduate (or otherwise advanced) students in theology, philosophy, intellectual history, medieval, renaissance and reformation history
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Ann Blair, Harvard University
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Simon Ditchfield, University of York
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Gerald O'Collins, SJ, emeritus professor Gregorian University (Rome).
Brill’s Companions to the Christian Tradition has made major contributions to the study of the history of Christianity for well over a decade now, presenting cutting-edge scholarship on a host of significant figures and movements over many centuries.”
Bernard McGinn, University of Chicago
“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.
Michael C. Voigts, Asbury Theological Seminary. In:
Church History, Vol. 81, No. 3 (September 2012), p. 671.