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Minor Medieval News June 2016

Every month we stumble upon minor news  from the Medieval World. The accumulated list for June can be enjoyed at leisure here


Four times a year Boydell & Brewer publish their Medieval Herald

god_and_the_gawain_poet_cover -detailNew issue out with 35% on selected new titles – many of which focus on the Literature of the hundred Years War,  The Auchinleck Manuscript, and the Cotton Manuscript with God and the Gawain-Poet: Theology and Genre in Pearl, Cleanness, Patience and Sir Gawain and the Green Knight. Don’t miss interviews with the authors and copies of books on offer



James Campbell

Anglo-Saxon historian James CampbellJames Campbell, who died on 31 May, was one of the most distinguished and influential historians of his generation. A polymath, with an astonishing knowledge of an extraordinary range of subjects and a taste for the recondite and the bizarre, he started research on the Anglo-Scottish border in the fourteenth century, but his most abiding love was the history of Anglo-Saxon England, its economy, institutions, and its great historian, Bede. Read the full obituary here


Studying Late Medieval History – win a copy

Studying Late Medieval HistoryTo celebrate the release of Studying Late Medieval History, Routledge is giving you the chance to win 1 of 2 copies! To enter the prize draw, simply complete some of the 8 tasks here. Good luck!

Studying Late Medieval History is an accessible introduction for those wishing to understand the major topics of late medieval history. Examining the period from 1300–1550, this introductory guide offers an overview of 250 years of transformation, which saw technology, borders and ruling dynasties across the continent change.


Editors of Splendid Series of Regional Medieval Archaeology Books Calls for Book Proposals

the medieval archaeology of prague coverConceived by John Schofield, the series: Studies of Medieval Archaeology has as its aim to bring together the results of an ever expanding archaeological resource to explore the diverse – but often interconnected – landscapes, places, materials, people and expressions of Europe across the first half of the second millennium AD. These volumes are not just syntheses, however. Written by experts in their field, they bring together old and new studies of town and country, industry and trade, houses and beliefs, but challenge these data to ask much more fully of the character and evolution of the medieval past and heritage. These volumes can be thus introductions, they can inform specialists in their field, they can broaden our vision across a wider geographical stage, and they can stimulate new work and new thinking.

The series has built slowly but has already offered volumes that explore territories, cities (John Schofield’s London 1100-1600) and themes (Oliver Creighton’s Castles and Landscapes).

Recent additions to the series has been The Archaeology of Prague and the Medieval Czech Lands, 1100-1600m and The Archaeology of Medieval Spain 1100 – 150. New volumes are in production and have been commissioned – including one on the North Sea World, The Irish Religious Landscapes, Medieval Visby and Gotland,  and The Archaeology of Medieval Sicily

The editors are keen to hear from prospective authors or editors with ideas for new monographs to expand and enhance the series’ coverage. And welcome ideas that might challenge readers but also connect them – topical themes such as Migration, for example, or ever-present aspects such as Death.

For further information, contact Neil Christie at the University of Leicester

Women and Gender in the Early Modern World

queenship cover ashgate routledgeThe Scholars responsible for the book series, Women and Gender in the Early Modern World, has moved to University of Nebraska Press! At Ashgate – bought up by Routledge in 2015 – it became very strong in early modern Iberia and the editors hope to continue that connection!

Over the past forty years, the study of women and gender has become foundational for understanding the early modern period. By challenging, revising, and expanding scholarly discourse about the lives, power, prerogatives, and challenges of women across class and geographical boundaries, the field has broadened our understanding of art, literature, science, politics, music, families, sexuality, and other quotidian experiences from the fifteenth to the eighteenth centuries. Series editors Allyson Poska and Abby Zanger are committed to expanding the field in new and innovative ways. They welcome proposals for both single-author and edited collections that fall within and outside the traditional disciplines of literature, history, music, art history, and the history of science, as well as works engaging sexuality studies, masculinity studies, and other interdisciplinary fields that study the nature of gender and women in Europe, the Americas, Asia, and Africa. Interested may contact The University of Nebraska Press

Harvard Loses Copyright Infringement Claim

Cover of elmore NampeyoA district court judge in New Mexico ruled against Harvard in a copyright infringement claim the University brought against the author of a Native American research novel late last month.

At issue in the suit was whether Elmore—an antique dealer and researcher of Native American pottery—broke copyright laws by commissioning the illustration of several pictures of Native American pottery for his book, In Search of Nampeyo: The Early Years 1875-1892. Harvard argued that the illustrations, which were based off photographs from a previous Peabody Press publication, violated copyright infringement laws that precluded Elmore from reproducing the patterns.

Though judgement has been passed on the copyright infringement facet of Harvard’s suit, a decision has yet to be made on whether Elmore breached his contract with the Peabody Museum, which allows researchers to take photographs of exhibits, but prevents them from using them for anything other than their personal research. Read the full story in The Crimson


Heidelberger Sachsenspiegel, from Central Germany, 14th century. Cod. Pal. germ. 164. Eike von Repgow, Fol. 47.
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