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is an inter- and multi-disciplinary book series established by the Centre for Medieval and Renaissance Studies and Peter Lang. It replaces our earlier series 'Medieval and Renaissance Court Cultures' published by Brepols. Books published in this refereed series will focus on the rich diversity of European and Renaissance court culture. They might, for example, look at the life and/or works of writers, artists, historiographers, soldiers, composers, diplomats and courtiers attached to the court in the East as well as the West. Another primary area could be that of courtlyritual (chivalric code, ceremonies, spectacle) and literary and artistic representations of the court. The role of the court in shaping national, religious and political identities might be explored as well as its function as an interface between different cultures.  Editions of early works relating to the court will be a further feature of the series. The books published in the series may be both single-authored and multi-authored (including editions of articles on a common area). Editions will also be considered for publication in the series

This series aims to meet the needs of the scholarly and research community by publishing high quality research in the field (each proposal is closely vetted by the specialists on the Editorial Board and there is a comprehensive refereeing process); producing a series of works which highlight the centrality of the court to developments in Medieval and Renaissance culture on an international scale.

We would welcome proposals for books in this series. A 500-word abstract should be sent (or emailed) to:
Dr. Sarah Alyn Stacey
Department of French/Centre for Medieval and Renaissance Studies
School of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures
Trinity College
Dublin 2

Editorial Board:

  • Sarah Alyn Stacey (Chief Editor)
    Bénédicte Boudou
  • Alan Fletcher
    John Law
    Gerald Morgan
    Pauline Smith
    Pam Williams
    David Scott-Macnab

Advisory Board:

  • Margaret McGowan
    Robert Knecht
    Alcuin Blamires
    Judith Bryce
    Alan Deighton

    Roger Stalley
    William Marx


Poets and Princes
The Panegyric Poetry of Johannes Michael Nagonius
by Paul Gwynne

approx. X+436 p., 30 b/w ill. + 12 colour ill., 4 b/w line art, 156 x 234 mm
ISBN: 978-2-503-53160-1
Languages: English

Poets and Princes offers a richly textured interdisciplinary survey of late medieval and early Renaissance court cultures across Europe as they are reflected in the neo-Latin verse of the itinerant poet, Johannes Michael Nagonius. 
Poets and Princes offers a richly textured interdisciplinary survey of late medieval and early Renaissance court cultures across Europe as they are reflected in the neo-Latin verse of the itinerant poet, Johannes Michael Nagonius. In 1496 the poet laureate Nagonius presented Henry VII with a manuscript of Latin panegyric poetry. This elaborate diplomatic gift from Pope Alexander VI solicited the King’s support against Charles VIII of France. The verse emphasized the mutual benefit of an alliance: if Henry supported him the Pope would acknowledge disputed Tudor claims to England’s throne. For Henry, the gift represented a literary and political coup. With all the rhetorical skill of a learned poet, Nagonius presented the King as a classical hero on an epic scale in the latest Italian style. The work thus acknowledged Henry’s international significance. Other recipients of Nagonius’s panegyric verse include Holy Roman Emperor Maximilian I, Vladislav II of Bohemia, Louis XII of France, Doge Leonardo Loredan, the condottieri Niccolò Orsini and Gian Giacomo Trivulzio, Giovanni Bentivoglio, lord of Bologna, and Duke Ercole d’Este of Ferrara. The presentation of a deluxe manuscript to Julius II, celebrating the pontiff ’s campaign in the Romagna, marked the climax of the poet’s career.
This analysis of the life and works of Nagonius thus provides a fascinating insight into the world of late medieval and early Renaissance court cultures. It contributes to the growing field of neo-Latin scholarship, examining the manuscripts and para-texts, studying the relationship between volume and dedicatee, placing these manuscripts within the wider literary and artistic cultures of the courts where they were presented, and investigating the role of neo-Latin verse within court cultures.
About the author: 
Paul Gwynne received his Ph.D. in Combined Historical Studies from the Warburg Institute, University of London. His research interests include the reception of the Classical Tradition with particular emphasis on the development of Humanism in Renaissance Rome.

'Truthe is the beste': a Festschrift in Honour of A.V.C.Schmidt, ed. Nicolas Jacobs and Gerald Morgan (2014).

The thirteen essays in this book, presented in honour of Dr A.V.C.Schmidt, are designed to reflect the range of his interests. Dr Schmidt, who was a Fellow at Balliol College, Oxford from 1972 until his retirement in 2011, is best known for his comprehensive four-text edition of Piers Plowman, the fruit of a lifetime's work on that text. He has also made a major contribution to the study of Chaucer and the medieval English contemplatives, and these authors also find a place in this collection. The essays presented here are intended to build upon the legacy of Carl Schmidt's exemplary scholarship.

Contributors include: Seamus Perry, J.A. Burrow, Mary Carruthers, Helen Cooper, Mary Clemente Davlin, P.J.C.Field, Alan Fletcher, Vincent Gillespie, Nicolas Jacobs, Rory McTurk, Gerald Morgan, Thorlac Turville-Petre

Nicolas Jacobs was until his retirement a Fellow of Jesus College, Oxford. His publications include (with A.V.C.Schmidt) Medieval English Romances, in the London Medieval and Renaissance Series (2 volumes, 1980), The Later Versions of 'Sir Degarre': A Study in Textual Degeneration (1995) and the edited volume Early Welsh Gnomic and Nature Poetry (2013).

Gerald Morgan was formerly a Senior Lecturer and Fellow of Trinity College Dublin. His publications include The Tragic Argument of 'Troilus and Criseyde (2 volumes, 2005), The Shaping of English Poetry (3 volumes to date, 2010 and 2013) and the edited volume Chaucer in Context: A Golden Age of English Poetry (2012).


Paul Gwynne, Francesco Sperulo: Poet, Prelate, Soldier, Spy (Volume I and Volume 2, 2015)
Oxford, Bern, Berlin, Bruxelles, Frankfurt am Main, New York, Wien, 2015. XXVIII, 451 pp., 4 coloured ill., 12 b/
w ill.
Court Cultures of the Middle Ages and Renaissance. Vol. 2
General Editor: Sarah Alyn Stacey
Print: ISBN 978-3-0343-1774-0 pb. (Softcover)
SFR 90.00 / €* 80.30 / €** 82.50 / € 75.00 / £ 60.00 / US$ 97.95
eBook: ISBN 978-3-0353-0719-1
SFR 94.85 / €* 89.25 / €** 90.00 / € 75.00 / £ 60.00 / US$ 97.95
Order online: book is also available as a set, together with Volume II.
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Patterns of Patronage in Renaissance Rome is the first full-length study of the life and works of Francesco Sperulo of Camerino (1463–1531). In
a remarkable career during which the poet progressed from serving as a soldier of fortune in the service of Cesare Borgia to an Italian bishopric,
Sperulo produced a significant body of Latin poetry, here presented in a critical edition for the first time. An impressive array of contemporary
figures including Leonardo da Vinci, Isabella d’Este, Raphael and Baldassare Castiglione appear in his verse. By placing his work within the
larger historical, literary, political and social context, this study, published in two volumes, sheds light on the role played by neo-Latin poetry at
the papal court and documents the impact of classical culture in Rome during the period usually referred to as «the High Renaissance».
Volume I reconstructs Sperulo’s life and circle of contacts by placing the poet’s works in chronological order and setting them within the political
and social circumstances of their composition. Archival documents scattered across Italy, penitentiary records from the Vatican Archives and a
voluminous correspondence with the Duke of Urbino and members of the Varano family of Camerino show that Sperulo was intimately involved
in papal politics and intrigue; indeed, he was almost assassinated for his involvement. A selection of this correspondence is included here to
supplement the poet’s biography.

Occupying Space in Medieval and Early Modern Britain and Ireland, ed. Gregory Hulsman and Caoimhe Whelan

This collection offers a range of interdisciplinary viewpoints on the occupation of space and theories of place in Britain and Ireland throughout the medieval and early modern periods. It considers space in both its physical and abstract sense, exploring literature, history, art, manuscript studies, religion, geography and archaeology. The buildings and ruins still occupying our urban and rural spaces bridge the gap between the medieval and the modern; manuscripts and objects hold keys to unlocking the secrets of the past. Focusing on the varied uses of space enriches our understanding of the material culture of the medieval and early modern period. The essays collected here offer astute observations on this theme and generate new insights into areas such as social interaction, cultural memory, sacred space and ideas of time and community.

Last updated 17 September 2016 by Sarah Alyn Stacey (Email).