Explorations in Medieval Culture

Koninklijke Brill NV, 98822
P.O. Box 9000, 2300 PA Leiden, The Netherlands

A peer-reviewed book series that provides a forum for investigations of aspects of the medieval world from a textual and cultural perspective, using an interdisciplinary approach. This series examines a varied range of social and cultural issues like language, identity, monstrosity, gender, race, religion, injustice, medical treatment, death, and grief through the whole medieval period, ca. 600–1500, including early modern and modern medievalisms and responses to the Middle Ages. Innovative and interesting cultural and intertextual studies from all geographical regions of the medieval world are welcome. The series will contain monographs, edited volumes, and critical editions and other works of reference.

Managing Editor: Kate Hammond, Brill

Series Editor: Larissa Tracy, Longwood University
(Old and Middle English language and literature, Old Norse, Celtic Studies, gender, legal and social justice)

Editorial Board:
Tina Boyer, Wake Forest University
(Old and Middle High German, epics and romances, gender, monstrosity, popular culture)

Emma Campbell, University of Warwick (UK)
edieval French literature, translation, gender and sexuality, critical theory)

Kelly DeVries, Loyola Maryland
(Arms and armaments, military history, chivalry, medicine)

David F. Johnson, Florida State University
(Middle Dutch, Old English language and literature, History of the English Language, romance, Arthuriana)

Asa Simon Mittman, California State University, Chico
(Art History, Anglo-Saxon, maps, monstrosity, digital humanities, material culture)

Thea Tomaini, University of Southern California
(Early Modern literature, death, disinterment, oaths, ghosts)

Wendy Turner, Georgia Regents University
(History, mental health, learning disabilities, early science, castles and defense, law)

David Wacks, University of Oregon
(Iberia, Spanish, Catalan, Arabic, Hebrew, crusade literature, fictionality, Christian transformation of pagan traditions)

Renée Ward, University of Lincoln (UK)
(Middle English romance, monsters, outlaws, Arthuriana, violence, medievalism)

All queries and submissions should be sent to
Series Editor: kattracy@comcast.net; tracylc@longwood.edu

Style Sheets can be be downloaded as a pdf. EiMC Style Guidelines (Brill)

Sample timeline for producing/submitting edited collections: EiMC Timeline (Brill)

Published Titles

Web Wound CoverWounds and Wound Repair in Medieval Culture (2015)
Edited by Larissa Tracy and Kelly DeVries 


The spectacle of the wounded body figured prominently in the Middle Ages, from images of Christ’s wounds on the cross, to the ripped and torn bodies of tortured saints who miraculously heal through divine intervention, to graphic accounts of battlefield and tournament wounds—evidence of which survives in the archaeological record—and literary episodes of fatal (or not so fatal) wounds. This volume offers a comprehensive look at the complexity of wounding and wound repair in medieval literature and culture, bringing together essays from a wide range of sources and disciplines including arms and armaments, military history, medical history, literature, art history, hagiography, and archaeology across medieval and early modern Europe.
Contributors are Stephen Atkinson, Debby Banham, Albrecht Classen, Joshua Easterling, Charlene M. Eska, Carmel Ferragud, M.R. Geldof, Elina Gertsman, Barbara A. Goodman, Máire Johnson, Rachel E. Kellett, Ilana Krug, Virginia Langum, Michael Livingston, Iain A. MacInnes, Timothy May, Vibeke Olson, Salvador Ryan, William Sayers, Patricia Skinner, Alicia Spencer-Hall, Wendy J. Turner, Christine Voth, and Robert C. Woosnam-Savage.

85564The Giant Hero in Medieval Literature (monograph) (2016)
By Tina Marie Boyer


In The Giant Hero in Medieval Literature, Tina Boyer counters the monstrous status of giants by arguing that they are more broadly legible than traditionally believed. Building on an initial analysis of St. Augustine’s City of God, Bernard of Clairvaux’s deliberations on monsters and marvels, and readings in Tomasin von Zerclaere’s Welsche Gast provide insights into the spectrum of antagonistic and heroic roles that giants play in the courtly realm. This approach places the figure of the giant within the cultural and religious confines of the twelfth and thirteenth centuries and allows an in-depth analysis of epics and romances through political, social, religious, and gender identities tied to the figure of the giant. Sources range from German to French, English, and Iberian works.

Between Sword and Prayer: Warfare and Medieval Clergy in Cultural Perspectives (2017)
Edited by Radosław Kotecki, Jacek Maciejewski, and John S. Ott


Between Sword and Prayer is a broad-ranging anthology focused on the involvement of medieval clergy in warfare and a variety of related military activities. The essays address, on the one hand, the issue of clerical participation in combat, in organizing military campaigns, and in armed defense, and on the other, questions surrounding the political, ideological, or religious legitimization of clerical military aggression. These perspectives are further enriched by chapters dealing with the problem of the textual representation of clergy who actively participated in military affairs. The essays in this volume span Latin Christendom, encompassing geographically the four corners of medieval Europe: Western, East-Central, Northern Europe, and the Mediterranean.
Contributors are Carlos de Ayala Martínez, Geneviève Bührer-Thierry, Chris Dennis, Pablo Dorronzoro Ramírez, Lawrence G. Duggan, Daniel Gerrard, Robert Houghton, Carsten Selch Jensen, Radosław Kotecki, Jacek Maciejewski, Ivan Majnarić, Monika Michalska, Michael Edward Moore, Craig M. Nakashian, John S. Ott, Katherine Allen Smith, and Anna Waśko.

Melusine’s Footprint: Tracing the Legacy of a
Medieval Myth
Edited by Misty Urban, Deva F. Kemmis, and Melissa Ridley Elmes

Books Under Contract

Trauma in Medieval Society
Edited by Wendy J. Turner and Christina Lee

Edited by Brigitte M. Bedos-Rezak and Martha Rust

Grief and Gender in the Middle Ages
Edited by Lee Templeton

Cross-Cultural Charlemagne in the Middle Ages
Edited by Jace Stuckey

Law | Book | Culture in the Early and High Middle Ages
Edited by Thomas Gobbitt

“Against the Law of the Saracens” by Riccoldo da Monte di Croce
Translation, Introduction and Notes by Matthew Lubin

Imagined Communities: Constructing Collective Identities in Medieval Europe
Edited by Andrzej Pleszczyński, Joanna Sobiesiak, Karol Szejgiec, Michał Tomaszek, Tomasz Tarczyński, and Przemysław Tyczka

Treason: Medieval and Early Modern Adultery, Betrayal, and Shame
Edited by Larissa Tracy

CFPs for Collections
Current CFPs for edited collections under consideration can be found here. Questions should be directed to the volume editor:

Topology of Exile and Identity Formation 
Ed. Gila Aloni and Larissa Tracy

The concept of exiles—those who leave their homes by choice or force, who take up residence in foreign lands—is one that resonates across centuries of displacement, migration, immigration, settlement and separation. Modern exiles struggle to find place and identity in their new surrounding while still holding on to vestiges of who they were and the place that they left. In the medieval world exiles faced the same conflicts and were torn by the same struggles. This collection seeks to probe new approaches to the relationships between the exiled and the landscape, physical or psychological, into which one is (dis)placed.

     The collection provides new perspectives on margin/center East/West relations in which binary opposition is insufficient in describing relations in the different spaces that compose world geography today and in the Middle Ages. Such divisions impose artificial structure that create margins and boundaries in a world in which contact and travel between people and culture was (and is) more fluid, more porous.
     Focused on the idea of topology, this new approach outlines the topological space in a way that redefines the way we look at the “marginalized other”—the one who is exterior to the space into which s/he migrates. According to Dylan Evans, the framework of “topological space” opens up a new perspective that “dispenses with all references to distance, size, area and angle, and is based only on a concept of closeness or neighborhood.” The term topology is “a branch of mathematics which deals with the properties of figures in space which are preserved under all continuous deformations.” The book challenges approaches that call attention to the marginalization of the exiled in an attempt to carve out new place at the center of interdisciplinary medieval studies. 
     Abstracts from all disciplines of medieval studies are welcome. We are particularly interested in articles dealing with manuscript production, historical accounts, art history, medieval law, literary texts, including works written by those in exile like Ovid and Dante, and criticism.
Please submit abstracts of 250 words by July 1, 2017 to Gila Aloni (gilaaloni@aol.com) or Larissa Tracy (kattracy@comcast.net)
CFP: CFP EXILE Aloni and Tracy

Animal Husbandry: Bestiality in Medieval Culture
Ed. Jacqueline Stuhmiller
The boundaries between human and non-human animals were in some ways very clearly defined in the Middle Ages. God commanded Adam and Eve, in no uncertain terms, to multiply and subdue the lower creatures. Both Augustine and Aquinas agreed that animals were created solely for the use of man and had no immortal souls. An affection for pets was often considered to be a sign of decadence or even devilishness. Sexual contact between humans and animals was the most forbidden transgression of all: witches were thought to copulate with the devil while he was in animal form, and accusations of bestiality were often followed by harsh punishments. Cross-species unions could produce hybrid monsters such as the Ox Man of Wicklow, described by Gerald of Wales. We are looking for essays that explore the ways that medieval people came into sexual contact with non-human creatures, whether in practice or representation, temporarily or permanently, deliberately or accidentally. Where did the medievals locate the boundaries between human and non-human, and what were the penalties (and the rewards) of crossing those boundaries? We are especially interested in interdisciplinary and transcultural studies, as well as those that incorporate the disciplines of law, history, sociology, archaeology, folklore, theology, and art history. Abstracts of 250-500 words for proposed articles of 7,000 to 10,000 words, including references, should be sent to Jacqueline Stuhmiller at stuhmill@uwm.edu for consideration.

CFP: Animal Husbandry CFP