History

Better late than never: for the popes, and the translation of their letters

Earlier this month we published the first complete translation of all of ninety-nine letters that survive in a single manuscript, the Codex epistolaris Carolinus. These remarkable eighth century political documents are from popes Gregory III, Zacharias, Stephen II, Paul I, the anti-pope Constantine, Stephen III and Hadrian I to, respectively Charles Martel, Pippin III, Carloman and … Continue reading

History

Locked down with the popes: the Codex epistolaris Carolinus

My constant companions during the isolation necessitated by the Covid-19 pandemic in 2020 were a group of long-dead popes. Gregory III, Zacharias, Stephen II and his brother Paul I, their luckless successor Pope Constantine II,[1] Constantine’s ruthless deposer Stephen III, and the ostensibly more urbane Hadrian I[2] ruled the see of Rome in the second … Continue reading

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New titles for Byzantinists

As the Society for the Promotion of Byzantine Studies Spring Symposium has unfortunately been postponed until 2021, we wanted to share some details of our new titles which we were planning on bringing to the SPBS. With new titles in our Translated Texts for Byzantinists series, as well as Translated Texts for Historians, and our … Continue reading

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Challenging perceptions on Columbanus and Jonas of Bobbio – an interview with Alexander O’Hara and Ian Wood

Perceptions on the life of Columbanus, Jonas of Bobbio and hagiography itself are changing in the eyes of historians. We interviewed Alexander O'Hara and Ian Wood, authors of the highly anticipated Jonas of Bobbio to find out more.  How long have you been working on Jonas of Bobbio? Have you encountered anything surprising in your research? O’ HARA: What … Continue reading