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


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


Trauma in Medieval Society is an edited collection of articles from a variety of scholars on the history of trauma and the traumatized in medieval Europe. Looking at trauma as a theoretical concept, as part of the literary and historical lives of medieval individuals and communities, this volume brings together scholars from the fields of archaeology, anthropology, history, literature, religion, and languages.

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


The Faces of Charisma: Image, Text, Object in Byzantium and the Medieval West 
Edited by Brigitte M. Bedos-Rezak and Martha Rust


In Image, Text, Object in Byzantium and the Medieval West: The Faces of Charisma, a multi-disciplinary group of scholars advances the theory that charisma may be a quality of art as well as of person. Beginning with the argument that Weberian charisma of person is itself a matter of representation, this volume shows that to study charismatic art is to experiment with a theory of representation that allows for the possibility of nothing less than a breakdown between art and viewer and between art and lived experience. The volume examines charismatic works of literature, visual art, and architecture from England, Northern Europe, Italy, Greece, and Constantinople and from time periods ranging from antiquity to the beginning of the early modern period.
Contributors are Joseph Salvatore Ackley, Paul Binski, Paroma Chatterjee, Andrey Egorov, Erik Gustafson, Duncan Hardy, Stephen Jaeger, Jacqueline E. Jung, Lynsey McCulloch, Martino Rossi Monti, Gavin Richardson, and Andrew Romig.

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


The willingness to betray one’s country, one’s people, one’s family—to commit treason and foreswear loyalty to one entity by giving it to another—is a difficult concept for many people to comprehend. Yet, societies have grappled with treason for centuries; the motivations, implications, and consequences are rarely clear cut and are often subjective. Set against the framework of modern political concerns, Treason: Medieval and Early Modern Adultery, Betrayal, and Shame considers the various forms of treachery in a variety of sources, including literature, historical chronicles, and material culture creating a complex portrait of the development of this high crime. Larissa Tracy artfully brings together younger critics as well as seasoned scholars in a compelling and topical conversation on treason. 
Contributors are Frank Battaglia, Dianne Berg, Tina Marie Boyer, Albrecht Classen, Sam Claussen, Freddy C. Domínguez, Melissa Ridley Elmes, Ana Grinberg, Iain A. MacInnes, Inna Matyushina, Sally Shockro, Susan Small, Peter Sposato, Sarah J. Sprouse, Daniel Thomas, and Larissa Tracy.

Remembering the Medieval Present: Generative Uses of England’s Pre-Conquest Past, 10th to 15th Centuries
Edited by Brian O’Camb and Jay Paul Gates


This volume of essays focuses on how individuals living in the late tenth through fifteenth centuries engaged with the authorizing culture of the Anglo-Saxons. Drawing from a reservoir of undertreated early English documents and texts, each contributor shows how individual poets, ecclesiasts, legists, and institutions claimed Anglo-Saxon predecessors for rhetorical purposes in response to social, cultural, and linguistic change. Contributors trouble simple definitions of identity and period, exploring how medieval authors looked to earlier periods of history to define social identities and make claims for their present moment based on the political fiction of an imagined community of a single, distinct nation unified in identity by descent and religion.
Contributors are Cynthia Turner Camp, Irina Dumitrescu, Jay Paul Gates, Erin Michelle Goeres, Mary Kate Hurley, Maren Clegg Hyer, Nicole Marafioti, Brian O’Camb, Kathleen Smith, Carla María Thomas, Larissa Tracy, and Eric Weiskott.

Books Under Contract

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

Horses Across the Medieval World
Edited by Anastasija Ropa and Timothy Dawson

Rethinking Medieval Ireland and Beyond: Lifecycles, Landscapes and Settlements 
Edited by Victoria L. McAlister, with Linda Shine

Kids Those Days: Children in Medieval Culture
Edited by Lahney Preston-Matto and Mary A. Valante

Peter Damian, The Book of Gomorrah, and Alain de Lille, The Plaint of Nature: New Translations from the Latin
Edited and Translated by David Rollo

Germans and Poles in the Middle Ages: The Perception of the ‘Other’ and the Presence of Mutual Stereotypes 
Edited by Grischa Vercamer and Andrzej Pleszczyński

Byzantine Satire
Edited by Przemyslaw T. Marciniak and Ingela Nilsson

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

Painful Pleasures: Sado-masochism in Medieval Culture
Ed. Christopher T. Vaccaro
This interdisciplinary collection brings together essays that engage rigorously with manifestations of sadistic and masochistic impulses in medieval culture. Such impulses may be implicit in the functioning of institutions and embedded within the very framework of pre-modern European culture. We are especially interested in interdisciplinary and transcultural studies, as well as those that incorporate the disciplines of law, history, sociology, archaeology, folklore, theology, art history
Relevant topics include but are not limited the following:
Expressions of sado-masochistic sex and/or love
Penitence and Penitentials
Roles and role reversals
Please submit abstracts (250-500 words) or complete essays (7,000-10,000 words including references) to Christopher T. Vaccaro at cvaccaro@uvm.edu.

Meditations on Sin and Sanctity in the Old French Vie des pères
Ed. Karen (Casey) Casebier
La Vie des pères is a 13th-century collection of contes pieux that demonstrates two distinct paradigms of medieval holiness.  The earliest tales date from the early 13th-century, and highlight the importance of confession, repentance and salvation; whereas later additions in the mid-to-late 13th-century include a number of miracle tales that emphasize the role of grace in salvation. While it seems evident that both messages resonate with sinners, some tales in the collection emphasize the piety of hermits and other characters, such as converted Saracens and Jews, while other stories underscore the more salacious aspects of hagiography, such as the temptation of holy men and women, pre-conversion lives of sin, or spectacular falls from grace.  Indeed, the dual focus on sin and sanctity suggests that the spiritual edification of the reader is enhanced or encouraged by the promise of narratives whose exempla recall those found in secular entertainment.

Nonetheless, La Vie des pères is an eclectic collection of tales whose edifying message targets a wide audience, from the popular to the erudite.  Although some miracles and hagiographical accounts represent the most popular variants of these tales, and are featured in more popular devotional collections such as Gautier de Coinci’s Miracles de Nostre Dame, others reveal a high degree of originality and deviate sharply from other known variants.  This volume seeks to examine the context of La Vie des pères in relationship to other works of devotional literature, the novelty or banality of its variants, and its role in shaping popular notions of sin and sanctity in religious literature and medieval culture throughout the two principal stages of its composition.

Abstracts from all disciplines of medieval studies are welcome and interdisciplinary approaches are especially encouraged.  Potential topics on the multiple perspectives of sin and sanctity expressed throughout La Vie des pères include (but are not limited to):

Manuscript production, ownership and use
Art History and the iconography of sin and sanctity
Genre Studies and Comparative Literature
Gender Studies and the gendered expression of holiness
Identity Studies and marginalized characters
Eco-criticism and/or Urban Studies
Religious Studies, Philosophy and/or History  

*Please submit abstracts of 250 words and a brief biography/c.v. by July 31, 2018 to Karen (Casey) Casebier (Karen-Casebier@utc.edu or caseycasebier@hotmail.com)