Medieval History

Routledge has a long tradition of publishing the very best research on the Middle Ages. In the past some of the greatest names in medieval studies have appeared in Routledge journals, and today the major scholars of future generations are given their first publication opportunities in Journal of Medieval History, Al Masāq, Journal of Medieval Iberian Studies or any of the dozens of other titles which publish on medieval subjects.

This collection highlights a varied array of research exploring the richness of the medieval world: Vikings and vampires, Grendel and glosses, pirates, peasants and philosophers. 

Archaeology and Material Culture

Gender, Sexuality and Identity

Sexuality in Medieval Europe: Doing Unto Others, 2nd Edition

Ruth Mazo Karras

‘The best short introduction to medieval sexuality that I have read: a remarkable book.’ -Vern Bullough, Reviews in History

'Undergraduate and graduate students will find in Karras’ book an extremely helpful guide to what can be a confusing and perplexing body of scholarship. Even established scholars are likely to find it enlightening as well as enjoyable.' James Brundage, Journal of Ecclesiastical History

‘An impressively synthetic and highly readable survey of current scholarship on medieval sexuality that will be of considerable use in undergraduate and postgraduate teaching.’ Emma Campbell, Signs

Literature and Languages

Biblical Paradigms in Medieval English Literature: From Cædmon to Malory

Lawrence Besserman

This book examines the intricate and unusual relationship between the sacred and secular spheres of English medieval culture, positing that the assimilation of sacred and secular motifs could be in either direction, or even in both directions. That is, medieval English writers could appropriate biblical paradigms to express secular themes, and vice versa. Codicological, psychoanalytic, feminist, and new historicist insights inform readings of Beowulf, Middle English lyric poetry, the Gawain-poet, Chaucer, and Malory, among others.

Medieval and Modern

Why the Middle Ages Matter: Medieval Light on Modern Injustice

Celia Chazelle, Simon Doubleday, Felice Lifshitz & Amy G. Remensnyder

The word “medieval” is often used in a negative way when talking about contemporary issues. Why the Middle Ages Matter refreshes our thinking about this historical era, and our own, by looking at some pressing concerns from today’s world, asking how these issues were really handled in the medieval period, and showing why the past matters now. The contributors here cover topics such as torture, marriage, sexuality, imprisonment, refugees, poverty, work, the status of women, disability, race, political leadership and end of life care. They focus on a variety of regions, from North Africa and the Middle East, through Western and Central Europe, to the British Isles.

Philosophy, Theology and Religion

The Routledge History of Medieval Christianity: 1050-1500

Robert Swanson

A definitive and authoritative survey of the Western church from 1050 to the early Reformation, featuring entirely original content carefully assembled and expertly written to appeal to undergraduates and scholars working on the medieval European world.

Political and Military History

Muslims and Crusaders: Christianity’s Wars in the Middle East, 1095-1382, from the Islamic Sources

Niall Christie

Muslims and Crusaders supplements and counterbalances the numerous books that tell the story of the crusading period from the European point of view, enabling readers to achieve a broader and more complete perspective on the period. It presents the Crusades from the perspective of those against whom they were waged, the Muslim peoples of the Levant. The book introduces the reader to the most significant issues that affected their responses to the European crusaders, and their descendants who would go on to live in the Latin Christian states that were created in the region.

Social and Cultural History

Magic and Medieval Society

Anne Lawrence-Mathers & Carolina Escobar-Vargas

Magic and Medieval Society presents a thematic approach to the topic of magic and sorcery in Western Europe between the eleventh and the fifteenth century. It aims to provide readers with the conceptual and documentary tools to reach informed conclusions as to the existence, nature, importance and uses of magic in medieval society.

Contrary to some previous approaches, the authors argue that magic is inextricably connected to other areas of cultural practice and was found across medieval society. Therefore, the book is arranged thematically, covering topics such as the use of magic at medieval courts, at universities and within the medieval Church itself.

The Arts and Art History