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in Rabanus Maurus,
De rerum naturis.
Montecassino, MS 132, p. 168 (detail)
© Archivio dell’Abbazia, Montecassino

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University Education of the Parochial Clergy in Medieval England: The Lincoln Diocese, c.1300–c.1350
Studies and Texts 188. 2014. xiv, 198 pp.
ISBN 978–0–88844–188–1 • Cloth • $80.00
The need for an educated parochial clergy had been seen from early times. During the first half of the fourteenth century, over twelve hundred rectors of Lincoln diocese received permission to absent themselves from their parishes to attend university. Many dispensations were granted by virtue of Pope Boniface VIII's decretal Cum ex eo of 1298, but the Lincoln bishops' registers reveal a much wider practice. This volume examines this educational phenomenon and concludes with an appendix listing the Lincoln rector/students and the permissions they received.

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Forthcoming Books, 2014



New Monks in Old Habits: The Formation of the Caulite Monastic Order, 1193–1267
Studies and Texts 189. June 2014. xvi, 260 pp.
ISBN 978–0–88844–189–8 • Cloth • $85.00
The eleventh to the thirteenth centuries saw the growth of a number of movements seeking monastic reform. The Caulites, or Valliscaulians, named for the site of their first monastery in northwest Burgundy, were innovators in monastic practice. They expanded throughout a broad region in western Europe, and counted among their benefactors some of the most important noble families of their day. The order lasted almost six centuries, yet remains obscure in the historiography of medieval monasticism. It is time for this state of affairs to change.

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Ambition and Anxiety: Courts and Courtly Discourse, c. 700–1600
Edited by Giles E.M. Gasper and John McKinnell
Durham Medieval and Renaissance Monographs and Essays 3. June 2014. Approx. 300 pp.
ISBN 978–0–88844–862–0 • Cloth • $90.00
Our knowledge of medieval and early modern courts usually depends to a large extent on their writers and artists. By examining literary works concerned with life at court, this volume hopes to address fundamental questions about high culture and its literary results within many different societies, including Tang China and the Ottoman Empire as well as western Europe.

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New Books, 2013–2014


Celtic Cosmology

Celtic Cosmology: Perspectives from Ireland and Scotland
Edited by Jacqueline Borsje, Ann Dooley, Séamus Mac Mathúna and Gregory Toner
Papers in Mediaeval Studies 26. 2014. viii, 316 pp.
ISBN 978–0–88844–826–2 • Cloth • $90.00
The essays in this collection, many originally presented at a 2008 colloquium on Celtic Cosmology and the Power of Words, aim to examine the worldviews held by the Celtic peoples, particularly the Gaelic (Irish and Scottish) perspectives; the main sources are inscriptions and texts in Celtic languages and in Celtic Latin.

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Essays on Aesthetics and Medieval Literature in Honor of Howell Chickering
Edited by John M. Hill, Bonnie Wheeler, and R.F. Yeager
Papers in Mediaeval Studies 25. 2014. viii, 298 pp.
ISBN 978–0–88844–825–5 • Cloth • $90.00
This volume celebrates the fullness of Howell Chickering's reach, with contributors responding to his extensive scholarship on Old English as well as Middle English subjects – Chaucer especially, but also Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, Gower, Lydgate – as well as his other interests from the Middle Ages to medievalisms both Romantic and modern.

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Augustine's Virgilian Retreat: Reading the Auctores at Cassiciacum
Studies and Texts 187. 2014. xvi, 192 pp.
ISBN 978–0–88844–187–4 • Cloth • $80.00
This volume historicizes Augustine's habit of turning to ancient diction through the specific act of quotation, locating this habit in pedagogical and philosophical practices owed to his training. Far from disdaining or rejecting his ancient inheritance, Augustine made his first task at Cassiciacum the articulation of a method by which the pagan auctores represented by Virgil might be made safe for Christianity.

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Body-Worlds: Opicinus de Canistris and the Medieval Cartographic Imagination
Studies and Texts 186; Text Image Context: Studies in Medieval Manuscript Illumination 1. 2014. xii, 212 pp.
ISBN 978–0–88844–186–7 • Cloth • $85.00
The Italian priest Opicinus de Canistris fell ill in 1334 and had a divine vision that inspired drawings of continents and oceans transformed into human figures; these beautifully strange drawings relate to contemporary maps and seacharts, religious iconography, medical illustration, and cosmological diagrams.

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A Life of Thomas Becket in Verse
La Vie de saint Thomas Becket by Guernes de Pont-Sainte-Maxence

Translated with an introduction and notes by Ian Short
Mediaeval Sources in Translation 56. 2013. viii, 202 pp.
ISBN 978–0–88844–306–9 • Paper • $25.00
Composed in the immediate aftermath of Becket's murder in 1170, Guernes de Pont-Sainte-Maxence's 6000-line narrative poem is the earliest Life of Becket to appear in the French vernacular. It was written to be listened to by lay men and women, and provides a picture of events as they would have reached a contemporary French-speaking public avid for first-hand knowledge of their new heroic martyr.

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The Collectio Burdegalensis: A Study and Register of an Eleventh-Century Canon Law Collection
Studies and Texts 185; Mediaeval Law and Theology 6. 2013. xiv, 248 pp.
ISBN 978–0–88844–185–0 • Cloth • $95.00
This book offers a study and register of the French canon law collection known as the Collectio Burdegalensis. Considerable attention is devoted to the compiler's use and organisation of legal sources, and a rich historical background of church reform in late eleventh-century Aquitaine is provided. By examining when, where, by whom, and how this collection was made, the study re-evaluates its place and value among other legal collections of the period.

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The House of Fame

The House of Fame
Second edition
Edited by Nick Havely
Durham Medieval and Renaissance Texts 3. 2013. xiv, 274 pp.
ISBN 978–0–88844–563–6 • Paper • $25.00
The House of Fame is an omnivorous poem. Like its own “House of Rumour,” it draws in a multiplicity of material: literary and technological; old and new; learned and lewde. The present edition is based on a collation of five witnesses and provides a substantial list of variants.

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Peter of Cornwall's Book of Revelations
Studies and Texts 184; British Writers 5. 2013. xvi, 616 pp., plus 2 b/w plates
ISBN 978–0–88844–184–3 • Cloth • $150.00
This volume aims to introduce to a wider audience Peter of Cornwall (c.1140–1221), the diligent and methodical compiler of monumental works, of which one, the Liber Reuelationum, preserved uniquely in Lambeth Palace MS 51, is the focus for this study.

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The Booke of Ovyde Named Methamorphose
Edited by Richard J. Moll
Studies and Texts 182; British Writers 4. 2013. viii, 652 pp.
ISBN 978–0–88844–182–9 • Cloth • $150.00
William Caxton’s translation of the prose Ovide Moralisé was the first English version of Ovid's Metamorphoses. Caxton's translation can be used as an entry point into the complex textual tradition of Ovidian commentaries. The present edition seeks to renew interest in Caxton’s text and to encourage study of it in its own right.

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On Morals

On Morals
Translated with an introduction and notes by Roland J. Teske
Mediaeval Sources in Translation 55; St Michael's College Mediaeval Translations. 2013. xxvi, 250 pp.
ISBN 978–0–88844–305–2 • Paper • $30.00
William of Auvergne, bishop of Paris from 1228 to 1249, was not only one of the most prolific writers in philosophy and theology of the first half of the thirteenth century but also one of the first to use the new translations of Greek and Islamic thought that poured into the Latin West in that century. In On Morals he extols the value of the nine virtues in a sophisticated narrative where each of the virtues speaks for itself, explaining its importance.

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"And Touching Our Society": Fashioning Jesuit Identity in Elizabethan England
Studies and Texts 183; Catholic and Recusant Texts 3. 2013. xiv, 476 pp.
ISBN 978–0–88844–183–6 • Cloth • $95.00
The Jesuit mission to Elizabethan England began with the arrival of Edmund Campion and Robert Persons in 1580. This collection brings together thirteen landmark essays by Thomas M. McCoog, SJ, on the Society of Jesus in England, Ireland, and Scotland, four of them appearing in English for the first time.

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Robert Grosseteste and His Intellectual Milieu
New Editions and Studies

Edited by John Flood, James R. Ginther, and Joseph W. Goering
Papers in Mediaeval Studies 24. 2013. xiv, 430 pp.
ISBN 978–0–88844–824–8 • Cloth • $90.00
Fourteen papers on the works and intellectual context of Robert Grosseteste, bishop, philosopher, and theologian, including new editions and English translations of Grosseteste's De luce, his Latin translation of John of Damascus, and his Sermon 86.

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Landscapes and Societies

Landscapes and Societies in Medieval Europe East of the Elbe
Interactions between Environmental Settings and Cultural Transformations

Edited by Sunhild Kleingärtner, Timothy P. Newfield, Sébastien Rossignol, and Donat Wehner
Papers in Mediaeval Studies 23. 2013. xiv, 406 pp.
ISBN 978–0–88844–823–1 • Cloth • $95.00
This volume presents an interdisciplinary collection of studies on the lands "east of the Elbe," a region without a Roman past, focusing on the connections between human populations and the natural world. A broad variety of approaches and methodologies drawn from the fields of archaeology, history, palaeobotany, and palaeozoology illuminate the history and development of these landscapes in the middle ages.

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English School Exercises

English School Exercises, 1420–1530
Studies and Texts 181. 2013. xii, 442 pp.
ISBN 978–0–88844–181–2 • Cloth • $95.00
This edition of twelve collections of grammar-school exercises makes available for the first time the majority of the material in the genre. The exercises – sentences or short prose passages – illustrate the kind of Latin taught in schools at the end of the middle ages and show how schoolmasters went about teaching the language. Together, they also provide a new source for the social and cultural history of England in the century before the Reformation.

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The Dimensions of Colour

The Dimensions of Colour: Robert Grosseteste's De colore
Edition, Translation and Interdisciplinary Analysis
By Greti Dinkova-Bruun, Giles E.M. Gasper, Michael Huxtable, Tom C.B. McLeish, Cecilia Panti and Hannah Smithson
Durham Medieval and Renaissance Texts 4. 2013. x, 94 pp.
ISBN 978–0–88844–564–3 • Paper • $19.95
Robert Grosseteste's De colore (On Colour), in which Grosseteste constructs a combinatorial account of colour, plays an important role within the canon of his scientific works. In this edition, translation and commentary, the conceptual and analytical tools of contemporary science, itself a descendent of Grosseteste and his contemporaries, bring his physical and mathematical reasoning into sharper relief.

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On Signs

On Signs
Translated with an introduction and notes by Thomas S. Maloney
Mediaeval Sources in Translation 54. 2013. xii, 148 pp.
ISBN 978–0–88844–304–5 • Paper • $19.95
Roger Bacon's Opus maius represents an attempt to create a whole new vision of what Christian education should be, one centered on service to the Church. One chapter of this work, "On Signs," is the most comprehensive and innovative treatise on semiotics in the thirteenth century. To understand the myriad ways in which things and words signify, Bacon says, is "a thing of marvelous usefulness and beauty."

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Mediaeval Studies 74

ISSN 0076–5872
Volume 74 (2012) • ISBN 978–0–88844–676–3 • $95
An annual journal of scholarship on the Middle Ages. A description of the journal and editorial policy, as well as tables of contents for recently published volumes, and indexes in electronic form, are available on the Mediaeval Studies page elsewhere on this site.


Gilson Lecture

Aquinas and Antoninus
A Tale of Two Summae in Renaissance Florence

Etienne Gilson Series 35. 2013. 30 pp.
ISBN 978–0–88844–735–7 • Paper • Complimentary
The 2011 Etienne Gilson Lecture explores the complex issue of the way Thomas Aquinas was cited by later authors, and how Thomas's theology was moulded to meet the needs of particular local contexts.

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Selected Backlist

Descriptions and bibliographical details of recent releases and all other currently available books are integrated into the Complete Catalogue of Publications. Click on the cover images for details.

Barnes Talmud Ranković Anselm Newhauser Cunningham
Hatfield The Sentences McCready Olsen Gower Bachrach


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