Category Archives: Variorum

New books – Art and Visual Studies, Medieval and Early Modern History, Variorum

Art and Visual Studies

Ireland on Show: Art, Union, and Nationhood    Fintan Cullen, University of Nottingham, UK

The Meanings of Nudity in Medieval Art    Edited by Sherry C.M. Lindquist, Independent Scholar, USA

Ottonian Imperial Art and Portraiture: The Artistic Patronage of Otto III and Henry II    Eliza Garrison, Middlebury College, USA

Seventeenth-Century Flemish Garland Paintings: Still Life, Vision, and the Devotional Image    Susan Merriam, Bard College, USA

Women, Art and Architectural Patronage in Renaissance Mantua: Matrons, Mystics and Monasteries    Sally Anne Hickson, University of Guelph, Canada

Prunella Clough: Regions Unmapped    Frances Spalding

Medieval and Early Modern History

Getting Along? Religious Identities and Confessional Relations in Early Modern England  – Essays in Honour of Professor W.J. Sheils    Edited by Nadine Lewycky, Manchester Metropolitan University, UK; and Adam Morton, University of York, UK

Lutheran Churches in Early Modern Europe    Edited by Andrew Spicer, Oxford Brookes University, UK


The Articulation of Early Islamic State Structures    Edited by Fred M. Donner, University of Chicago, USA

New books – Variorum, Medieval and Early Modern History


Contemporary Issues in Islam and Science    Edited by Muzaffar Iqbal, Center for Islam and Science, Canada

Studies in the Islam and Science Nexus    Edited by Muzaffar Iqbal, Center for Islam and Science, Canada

Studies in the Making of Islamic Science: Knowledge in Motion    Edited by Muzaffar Iqbal, Center for Islam and Science, Canada

The Articulation of Early Islamic State Structures    Edited by Fred M. Donner, University of Chicago, USA

Pages from the Past: Medieval Writing Skills and Manuscript Books    M.B. Parkes, emeritus, University of Oxford, UK

Medieval and Early Modern History

Bede and the End of Time    Peter Darby, University of Leicester, UK

British and Irish Experiences and Impressions of Central Europe, c.1560–1688    David Worthington, University of the Highlands and Islands, UK

Gated Communities? Regulating Migration in Early Modern Cities    Edited by Bert De Munck, Universiteit Antwerpen, Belgium, and Anne Winter, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium

The Inquisitor in the Hat Shop: Inquisition, Forbidden Books and Unbelief in Early Modern Venice    Federico Barbierato, Università di Verona, Italy

Cassian’s Conferences: Scriptural Interpretation and the Monastic Ideal    Christopher J Kelly, Sacred Heart University, Fairfield, USA

New books – History, Variorum

Medieval and Early Modern History

Forbidden Prayer: Church Censorship and Devotional Literature in Renaissance Italy    Giorgio Caravale, Università di Roma Tre, Italy

Jews in the Early Modern English Imagination: A Scattered Nation    Eva Johanna Holmberg, Academy of Finland 2010-2012; Visiting fellow 2010: Queen Mary, University of London, UK

The Society of Jesus in Ireland, Scotland, and England, 1589–1597: Building the Faith of Saint Peter upon the King of Spain’s Monarchy    Thomas M. McCoog, S.J., Fordham University, USA

Modern History 

‘Boredom is the Enemy': The Intellectual and Imaginative Lives of Australian Soldiers in the Great War and Beyond    Amanda Laugesen, Australian National University, Australia


Chant and Notation in South Italy and Rome before 1300    John Boe, University of Arizona, USA

Humanism and Renaissance Civilization    Charles G. Nauert, University of Missouri-Columbia, USA

Plotinus, Porphyry and Iamblichus: Philosophy and Religion in Neoplatonism    Andrew Smith, University College Dublin, Ireland

Reform, Representation and Theology in Nicholas of Cusa and His Age    H. Lawrence Bond, formerly Appalachian State University, USA, and Gerald Christianson, Lutheran Theological Seminary, USA

Studies in the History of Modern Pharmacology and Drug Therapy    John Parascandola, University of Maryland College Park, USA

1000th Variorum book published!

Posted by Claire Percy, Senior Marketing Executive

In 2006, The Journal of Ecclesiastical History asked the question, ‘What would we do without the Variorum Collected Studies Series?’  Fortunately, the absence of the Series is not something scholars need consider, as Ashgate announces the landmark 1000th publication in the Series!

The Variorum Collected Studies Series has an international reputation established over more than 40 years, for the publication of key research by leading scholars across the fields of historical studies. Subjects covered range from antiquity to the 19th century, and include the histories of science, philosophy, art and music. The Series is complemented by reference collections including early Islamic history and the expansion of Europe.

John Smedley, Publisher with Ashgate, has been instrumental in the development and success of the Series which has been described by The Art Newspaper as ‘… an indispensable service to scholarship … .’

The 1000th volume is Pages from the Past: Medieval Writing Skills and Manuscript Books, a collection of articles by Malcolm Parkes which considers the circumstances in which medieval books were produced, copied and read.

Malcolm Parkes’ other Ashgate books include Pause and Effect: An Introduction to the History of Punctuation in the West and Their Hands Before Our Eyes: A Closer Look at Scribes

From the Times Literary Supplement:

‘Malcolm Parkes is an English by-word for expertise in medieval palaeography … his publications on this subject have become the standard of reference. … Their Hands Before Our Eyes is densely packed with information, with copious references to previous publications by Parkes and others that laid the groundwork for this overview. …  Its broad scope ranges from the fifth to the sixteenth centuries, encompassing not only British but Continental handwriting as well. … There is almost nothing to fault in this book.’

The Worlds of Eastern Christianity, 300–1500

The Worlds of Eastern Christianity, 300–1500 is a new Variorum reference series. The first volume to be published came out in December: Doctrine and Debate in the East Christian World, 300–1500, edited by Averil Cameron and Robert Hoyland.

About the volume:

The reign of Constantine (306-37), the starting point for the series in which this volume appears, saw Christianity begin its journey from being just one of a number of competing cults to being the official religion of the Roman/Byzantine Empire.  The involvement of emperors had the, perhaps inevitable, result of a preoccupation with producing, promoting and enforcing a single agreed version of the Christian creed.  Under this pressure Christianity in the East fragmented into different sects, disagreeing over the nature of Christ, but also, in some measure, seeking to resist imperial interference and to elaborate Christianities more reflective of and sensitive to local concerns and cultures.

This volume presents an introduction to, and a selection of the key studies on, the ways in which and means by which these Eastern Christianities debated with one another and with their competitors: pagans, Jews, Muslims and Latin Christians.  It also includes the iconoclast controversy, which divided parts of the East Christian world in the seventh to ninth centuries, and devotes space both to the methodological tools that evolved in the process of debate and the promulgation of doctrine, and to the literary genres through which the debates were expressed.

About the editors: Professor Dame Averil Cameron is former Professor of Late Antique and Byzantine History and former Warden of Keble College, University of Oxford; Robert Hoyland is Professor of Islamic History at the University of Oxford.

About the series:

The Worlds of Eastern Christianity, 300–1500 series takes an inter-disciplinary approach towards the history of the East Christian communities of the Byzantine, Iranian and Islamic worlds during the period 300-1500.

Volumes in the series will cover the different East Christian cultural and linguistic communities, and will also consider themes that cut across usual cultural, confessional and linguistic divides.

Each volume brings together the most influential articles on the given topic and opens with an introduction by a leading expert in the field who discusses the key aspects and debates and frames new questions and directions for future research. It is intended that the series will act as a stimulus for new research into Eastern Christianity and as such be essential reading for all students and academics of Late Antiquity, Byzantium, Islam and Western Christendom.

Visit the website for more information about the series.

New books – Variorum, Medieval and Early Modern History


Doctrine and Debate in the East Christian World, 300–1500   Edited by Averil Cameron, Keble College, Oxford, UK and Robert Hoyland, Oxford University, UK

Medieval and Early Modern History

Crusades: Volume 10   Edited by Benjamin Z. Kedar, Hebrew University, Israel, Jonathan Phillips, University of London, UK, Jonathan Riley-Smith, University of Cambridge, UK, and William Purkis, University of Birmingham, UK

Garrisoning the Borderlands of Medieval Siena: Sant’Angelo in Colle: Frontier Castle under the Government of the Nine (1287–1355)     Anabel Thomas

La Papauté et les croisades / The Papacy and the Crusades: Actes du VIIe Congrès de la Society for the Study of the Crusades and the Latin East/ Proceedings of the VIIth Conference of the Society for the Study of the Crusades and the Latin East    Edited by Michel Balard, Université de Paris 1 – Panthéon-Sorbonne, France

Medicine, Government and Public Health in Philip II’s Spain: Shared Interests, Competing Authorities    Michele L. Clouse, Ohio University, USA

Motherhood, Religion, and Society in Medieval Europe, 400–1400: Essays Presented to Henrietta Leyser    Edited by Conrad Leyser, University of Oxford, UK and Lesley Smith, University of Oxford, UK

On the Margins of Crusading: The Military Orders, the Papacy and the Christian World   Edited by Helen Nicholson, Cardiff University, Wales, UK

Pedro Páez’s History of Ethiopia, 1622: Volume I    Edited by Isabel Boavida, ISCTE – Lisbon University Institute, Portugal; Hervé Pennec, CNRS and Centre d’Études des Mondes Africains, Paris, France; Manuel João Ramos, ISCTE – Lisbon University Institute, Portugal

Pedro Páez’s History of Ethiopia, 1622: Volume II   Edited by Isabel Boavida, ISCTE – Lisbon University Institute, Portugal; Hervé Pennec, CNRS and Centre d’Études des Mondes Africains, Paris, France; Manuel João Ramos, ISCTE – Lisbon University Institute, Portugal

The Ashgate Research Companion to Byzantine Hagiography: Volume I: Periods and Places   Edited by Stephanos Efthymiadis, Open University of Cyprus

The Chanson d’Antioche:  An Old French Account of the First Crusade    Translated by Susan B. Edgington, Queen Mary, University of London, UK  and Carol Sweetenham, University of Warwick, UK

New books – Variorum, Medieval, Early Modern and Modern History


On the Military Orders in Medieval Europe; Structures and Perceptions    Jürgen Sarnowsky, University of Hamburg, Germany

Medieval and Early Modern History

Catholic and Protestant Translations of the Imitatio Christi, 1425–1650: From Late Medieval Classic to Early Modern Bestseller    Maximilian von Habsburg, Oundle School, UK

Commemorating the Dead in Late Medieval Strasbourg: The Cathedral’s Book of Donors and Its Use (1320-1521)    Charlotte A. Stanford, Brigham Young University, USA

Crusading and Chronicle Writing on the Medieval Baltic Frontier: A Companion to the Chronicle of Henry of Livonia    Edited by Marek Tamm, Tallinn University, Estonia,  Linda Kaljundi, Tallinn University, Estonia, and Carsten Selch Jensen, University of Copenhagen, Denmark

Hugh of Amiens and the Twelfth-Century Renaissance    Ryan P. Freeburn, Our Lady Seat of Wisdom Academy, Ontario, Canada

Interpreting the Bible and Aristotle in Late Antiquity: The Alexandrian Commentary Tradition between Rome and Baghdad    Edited by Josef Lössl and John W. Watt, Cardiff University, UK

John Owen, Richard Baxter and the Formation of Nonconformity   Tim Cooper, University of Otago, New Zealand

Rome: Continuing Encounters between Past and Present    Edited by Dorigen Caldwell, Birkbeck, University of London, and Lesley Caldwell, University College London

The Laws and Other Legalities of Ireland, 1689-1850    Edited by Michael Brown, University of Aberdeen, UK, and Seán Patrick Donlan, University of Limerick, Ireland

Modern History

The Crimean War: British Grand Strategy against Russia, 1853–56    Andrew Lambert, King’s College London, UK

A Cretan Healer’s Handbook in the Byzantine Tradition: Text, Translation and Commentary    Patricia Ann Clark, University of Victoria, Canada

Nursing before Nightingale, 1815–1899    Carol Helmstadter and Judith Godden