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All the Institute's forthcoming and recently published titles are listed below.

Power Politics in Kievan Rus': Vladimir Monomakh and His Dynasty, 1054–1246

Martin Dimnik

Power Politics in Kievan Rus': Vladimir Monomakh and His Dynasty, 1054–1246 Studies and Texts

Studies and Texts 202. xxii, 432 pp., plus 16 b/w plates. 2016. ISBN 978-0-88844-202-4 • Cloth • $95

The aim of this study is to write the political history of the dynasty of Kievan Rus′ descended from Vladimir Vsevolodovich Monomakh, which ruled from the middle of the eleventh century to the middle of the thirteenth century. In doing so, it argues, both from documented evidence and from circumstantial evidence, that Monomakh manipulated the politics of Rus′ to his advantage.

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Body-Worlds: Opicinus de Canistris and the Medieval Cartographic Imagination

Karl Whittington

Body-Worlds: Opicinus de Canistris and the Medieval Cartographic Imagination Studies and Texts

Studies and Texts 186; Text Image Context: Studies in Medieval Manuscript Illumination 1. 2014. xii, 212 pp.

New in Paperback (2016): ISBN 978-0-88844-426-4 • $45.00
Casebound: ISBN 978-0-88844-186-7 • $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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The Arts of Editing Medieval Greek and Latin: A Casebook

Edited by
Elisabet Göransson, Gunilla Iversen, Barbara Crostini, Brian M. Jensen, Erika Kihlman, Eva Odelman, and Denis Searby

The Arts of Editing Medieval Greek and Latin: A Casebook Studies and Texts

Studies and Texts 203. xx, 452 pp. 2016. ISBN 978-0-88844-203-1 • Cloth • $70

With the triumph of the codex, medieval literature became more deeply hermeneutic in character. A vast range of texts, in various languages and genres, were not only copied with the commentaries and glosses of ancient tradition, but also underwent continuous reworking and transformation. Indeed, the very act of transcribing texts into a manuscript was often an incentive to rewrite them. This practice resulted in a bewildering number of textual versions that lived alongside their originals, and sometimes displaced them, but were nevertheless fundamental to their transmission and interpretation, often resulting in complex textual layers.

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Liturgy and Law in a Dalmatian City: The Bishop's Book of Kotor (Sankt-Peterburg, BRAN, F. no. 200)

Richard F. Gyug

Liturgy and Law in a Dalmatian City: The Bishop's Book of Kotor (Sankt-Peterburg, BRAN, F. no. 200) Studies and Texts

Studies and Texts 204; Monumenta Liturgica Beneventana 7. xxxii, 640 pp. plus 10 plates. ISBN 978-0-88844-204-8 • Cloth • $110

The manuscript that is the subject of this study and edition constitutes a rich source for the study of the society and culture of the southern Dalmatian coast. The major parts of the manuscript were written in Beneventan script in the mid-twelfth century, perhaps for the dedication in 1166 of the new cathedral of Kotor in southern Dalmatia, now Montenegro. The core of the manuscript, which contains a lectionary with epistles and gospels for major feasts of the liturgical year and a pontifical with ceremonies proper to a bishop, functioned as a liturgical compendium for the use of the cathedral and bishop of Kotor. Two gatherings of sermons were added to the codex, likely in the early thirteenth century, and ecclesiastical documents and communal statutes were copied in the margins and on blank pages.

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Ronald Knox: A Man for All Seasons

Edited by
Francesca Bugliani Knox

Ronald Knox: A Man for All Seasons Editions, Essays, and Monographs

Essays on his life and works with selections from his published and unpublished writings

xviii, 386 pp. plus 16 plates. 2016. ISBN 978-0-88844-425-7 • Cloth • $65

Ronald Knox occupies a conspicuous role in English religious, cultural and literary history, and he was also one of the leading lights of the English “Catholic revival” of the first half of the twentieth century. This collection of essays examines his many interests, setting them in their historical context. It discusses the profound effect that the Great War had on his religious life, his engagement with Benedictine spirituality, the distinctive characteristics of his apologetics and preaching, and his engagement with a wide circle of friends and acquaintances. In so doing, it illuminates aspects of his life, as well as the circumstances of his several pastoral ministries, that have been neglected.

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Historical and Intellectual Culture in the Long Twelfth Century: The Scandinavian Connection

Edited by
Mia Münster-Swendsen, Thomas K. Heebøll-Holm, and Sigbjørn Olsen Sønnesyn

Historical and Intellectual Culture in the Long Twelfth Century: The Scandinavian Connection Durham Medieval and Renaissance Monographs and Essays

Durham Medieval and Renaissance Monographs and Essays 5. xiv, 322 pp. 2016. ISBN 978-0-88844-864-4 • Cloth • $95

In the wake of religious conversion and the establishment of more stable political systems, the outskirts of Latin Christendom produced historical narratives providing their present identities with a foundational past. The essays gathered here all seek to illuminate the emergence of a written historical culture in Denmark from the early twelfth century onwards by situating this historical culture in a wider geographical, chronological, and cultural context.

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Interlacing Traditions: Neo-Gregorian Chant Propers in Beneventan Manuscripts

Luisa Nardini

Interlacing Traditions: Neo-Gregorian Chant Propers in Beneventan Manuscripts Studies and Texts

Studies and Texts 205; Monumenta Liturgica Beneventana 8. xvi, 444 pp. plus 16 plates. ISBN 978-0-88844-205-5 • Cloth • $100

This book is the first comprehensive study of the neo-Gregorian chants for the Proper of the Mass that circulated in the Beneventan region between the tenth and the thirteenth centuries. This extensive repertory demonstrates in extraordinary ways the struggles of local cantors to mediate between conformity to a standardized liturgy pursued by the Carolingians and the papacy, and a desire to maintain elements of the local musical culture.

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Catalogus Translationum et Commentariorum, Volume XI

Edited by
Greti Dinkova-Bruun

Catalogus Translationum et Commentariorum, Volume XI Catalogus Translationum et Commentariorum

Mediaeval and Renaissance Latin Translations and Commentaries: Annotated Lists and Guides

Associate Editors: Julia Haig Gaisser and James Hankins

CTC 11. 2016. xl, 416 pp. ISBN 978-0-88844-951-1 • Cloth • $95

In this volume, the eleventh in the series, five full-length articles devoted to Polybius, Diodorus Siculus, Zosimus, Procopius of Caesarea, and the fictitious Dares Phrygius are supplemented by addenda and corrigenda to articles previously published on Valerius Maximus, Petronius Arbiter, Martialis, and Martianus Capella.

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Patron Saints of Early Medieval Italy AD c.350–800: History and Hagiography in Ten Biographies

Translated by
Nicholas Everett

Patron Saints of Early Medieval Italy AD c.350–800: History and Hagiography in Ten Biographies Durham Medieval and Renaissance Texts and Translations

Durham Medieval and Renaissance Texts and Translations 5. 2016. xii, 276 pp. plus 2 plates. ISBN 978-0-88844-565-0 • Paper • $30.00

This book provides the first translation into English of the Latin biographies of nine holy men and one archangel who became the patron saints of the areas where they evangelized, documenting the conversion of pagan Roman Italy to Christianity at the dawn of the Middle Ages.

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The Aristotelian Tradition: Aristotle’s Works on Logic and Metaphysics and Their Reception in the Middle Ages

Edited by
Börje Bydén and Christina Thomsen Thörnqvist

The Aristotelian Tradition: Aristotle’s Works on Logic and Metaphysics and Their Reception in the Middle Ages Papers in Mediaeval Studies

Papers in Mediaeval Studies 28. 2017. viii, 395 pp. ISBN 978-0-88844-828-6 • Cloth • $95

While this volume amply illustrates the set of scholarly approaches characteristic of the “Copenhagen School of Medieval Philosophy” (notably a strong philological foundation and an interest in ancient as well as medieval and Greek as well as Latin texts), its thematic diversity reflects a great breadth of interests. What unites the collection in this respect is simply a concern with different historical manifestations of Aristotelian thought on logical and metaphysical matters.

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Italian Renaissance Diplomacy: A Sourcebook

Edited by
Monica Azzolini and Isabella Lazzarini

Italian Renaissance Diplomacy: A Sourcebook Durham Medieval and Renaissance Texts and Translations

Durham Medieval and Renaissance Texts and Translations 6. 2017. xii, 300 pp. plus 6 plates. ISBN 978-0-88844-566-7 • Paper • $30.00

During the period ca. 1350–ca. 1520 covered by the present volume, diplomatic sources became extremely rich and abundant. This sourcebook presents a selection of primary materials, both published and unpublished, which are mostly unavailable to English readers: a broad range of diplomatic sources, thematically organized, are introduced, translated, and annotated by an international team of leading scholars of the Italian Renaissance.

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The Disputatio puerorum: A Ninth-Century Monastic Instructional Text

Edited by
Andrew Rabin and Liam Felsen

The Disputatio puerorum: A Ninth-Century Monastic Instructional Text Toronto Medieval Latin Texts

Edited from Vienna, Österreichische Nationalbibliothek, 458

TMLT 34. viii, 102 pp. 2017. ISBN 978-0-88844-484-4 • Paper • $17.95

A school dialogue most likely composed in southeastern Germany in the early ninth century, the Disputatio puerorum offers a vivid and direct glimpse into the sort of instruction received by monastic novices and oblates in abbey schools of the Carolingian and Holy Roman Empires. Its question-and-answer format between students and master deploys an elementary Latin that would have consolidated linguistic skills at the same time as offering instruction on the nature of body and soul, the books of the Old and New Testaments, the Mass, and the Lord’s Prayer. The text’s intrinsic interest for historians of early medieval education is matched by its usefulness to modern students as a short course in what constituted basic cultural literacy in the monastic schoolrooms of the ninth through eleventh centuries, as drawn above all from the works of Isidore of Seville, but also from Augustine, Gregory the Great, Bede, and Alcuin.

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