Liverpool University Press is pleased to announce a new series in medieval and early modern history, led by series editors Marios Costambeys and Martin Heale (University of Liverpool).
Studies in Medieval and Early Modern Belief and Culture will publish monographs on topics relating to belief and culture, across a wide period from late antiquity to the seventeenth century. Institutions of belief (e.g., in the Christian world, the papacy, bishoprics, monasteries) have shaped the production and preservation of a very high proportion of our evidence for these periods, while ‘culture’ encompasses everyday ways of life as well as popular entertainments and the diversions and intellectual pursuits of the elite. The coupling of belief and culture represents recent trends in medieval and early modern scholarship, which seek to combine the study of mentalités with lived religion. It encourages the study of the relationship between ‘elite’ and ‘popular’ culture – another pregnant topic – and expressions and movements of unbelief.
By encompassing both the medieval and the early modern periods (usually treated separately), the series will provide new and innovative perspectives on issues of wide-ranging interest. The extended chronology permits longue durée and comparative studies. The series also has a wide geographical remit, inviting research that is geographically comparative, as well as focusing on regions of interaction (such as the Mediterranean or the Atlantic). In all these ways it reflects, and aims to further stimulate, current intellectual and methodological innovations in the study of the past.
Marios Costambeys and Martin Heale said “We are delighted to be launching our new monograph series with Liverpool University Press. The series aims to showcase ground-breaking and exciting scholarship in medieval and early modern studies, a multi-disciplinary field in which the linked themes of belief and culture are increasingly prominent. The broad chronological and geographical scope of our series encourages comparative work and will, we hope, help to break down the arbitrary barrier between the ‘medieval’ and the ‘early modern’. Working with our international editorial board, we aim to provide a platform for books of real significance and broad appeal, which will set the agenda for future studies in the field.”
Commissioning editor Clare Litt said “There is a lot of dynamic work being done in medieval and early modern history right now and we are thrilled to have the opportunity to showcase this, working with outstanding series editors and a fantastic editorial board.”
Further information on the series, including the proposal submission process, can be found here.