History

Reconstructing Mandaean History by Charles G. Häberl

The Book of Kings is a universal history and capstone to the chief scripture of the Mandaeans, the only surviving Gnostic community from Late Antiquity. For the first time ever, it has been published in English in its entirety, directly translated from original Mandaic manuscripts with a scholarly commentary. Charles G. Häberl introduces his new publication and … Continue reading

History, News

Liverpool University Press announces new Viking Studies series

Liverpool University Press is delighted to announce a new series Viking Europe: Connections and Culture in the Early Medieval World, led by series editors Steve Ashby (York), Clare Downham (Liverpool), Ann Zanette Tsigaridas Glørstad (Oslo), and Stephen Harrison (Glasgow). The series will focus on new archaeological and historical research into the Viking World. It will … Continue reading

History

Translating ‘Pearl’?

This month we published a new edition of the fourteenth-century poem Pearl, edited and translated by Thorlac Turville-Petre. Pearl concerns a father’s grief for the death of his infant daughter, whom he then meets in a dream. She attempts to bring him to an understanding of the place of death in the divine plan. This … Continue reading

History

The Byzantine Romance of Livistros and Rodamne and its place in Medieval Eurasian erotic fiction

For many informed readers or simple enthusiasts the presence of erotic literature in the western or eastern medieval world (the poems of the Carmina Burana, for example, or various tales in The Thousand and One Nights) does not come as a surprise. For the most of us, however, the very existence of erotic literature in … Continue reading

History

Reading proofs in lockdown

Exodus is an exceptional Old English poem, dramatically focussing on the crossing of the Red Sea. The exodus to the Promised Land is interpreted within the allegorical perspective of the christian's journey through life to the ultimate heavenly home. In May 2020, LUP published the third edition of Peter J. Lucas's Exodus during the first wave … Continue reading