Recent news of officers and members of the Society
should like to congratulate our co-President Professor Emilie
Savage-Smith, Professor of the History of Islamic Science, University
of Oxford; Senior Research Consultant, The Bodleian Library; Archivist
(Fellow Archivist), St Cross College, on her election as a Fellow of
the British Academy.
Some recent publications by members
Saladin, Hero of Islam (Pen & Sword): by Geoffrey Hindley
The book has now been released in paperback at twelve pounds ninety nine pence, and has sold 450 copies in the first two weeks.
extraordinary character and career of Saladin are the keys to
understanding the Battle of Hattin, the fall of Jerusalem and the
failure of the Third Crusade. He united warring Muslim
lands, reconquered the bulk of Crusader states and faced the Richard
the Lion Heart, king of England, in one of the most famous
confrontations in medieval warfare. Geoffrey Hindley's sympathetic and
highly readable study of the life and times of this remarkable,
many-sided man, who dominated the Middle East in his day, gives a
fascinating insight into his achievements and into the Muslim world of
The Symbol at Your Door: Number and Geometry in Religious Architecture of the Greek and Latin Middle Ages: by Nigel Hiscock
book offers a new perspective in the retrieval of meaning from
architecture in the Greek East and the Latin West, and challenges the
view that geometry was merely an outcome of practical procedures by
masons. Instead, it attributes intellectual meaning to it as understood
by Christian Platonist thought and provides compelling evidence that
the symbolism was often intended.
A Brief History of the Anglo-Saxons: by Geoffrey Hindley
from about AD 400 to the 1100s (the 'Aftermath'), this book shows the
Anglo-Saxons as formative in the history not only of England, but also
of Europe. The society, inspired by the warrior world of the Old
English poem "Beowulf", saw England become the first European country
to conduct its affairs in its own language, and Bede and Boniface of
Wessex establish the dating convention we still use today. Including
all the latest research, this excellent assessment of a vital
historical epoch comes from one of our most respected Medievalists.
The Cat's Pyjamas: The Penguin Book of Cliches: by Julia Cresswell
is a fascinating, thematic exploration of cliches from as the actress
said to the bishop to zero hour, explaining what they are and where
they've come from. Julia Cresswell has taken her best-selling
dictionary of cliches ('Sumptuous...A mine of information.' -
"Guardian") back to the drawing board and has created a book, packed
with famous (and infamous) quotations and memorable information, that
will change the way you see English.
The book was the subject of a recent BBC wireless programme with Stephen Fry and Julia Cresswell.
Medieval Islamic Medicine: by Emilie Savage-Smith with co-author Peter E. Portmann (Edinburgh University Press, 2007)
The book was awarded in 2008 the British-Kuwait Friendship Book Prize in Middle Eastern Studies.
presents an outline of the subject that is nonetheless substantive.
Rather than attempt a comprehensive survey they chose areas that needed
attention and thereby created a work that stands out on its own.
(Journal of the History of Medicine)
question, this volume can be considered the best and most critical
introduction to the field and a guide for future research. (American
Journal of Islamic Social Sciences).
"A Brief History of the Crusades": by Geoffrey Hindley.
'... an accomplished book' (The Good Book Guide)
Forthcoming AVISTA conferences
51st International Congress on Medieval Studies, May 12-15, 2016
Deadline: September 15, 2015
The Long Lives of Medieval Objects, from Big to Small
Co-Organizers: Jennifer M. Feltman, Univ. of West Florida and Sarah
Thompson, Rochester Institute of Technology
Traditional histories often privilege the moment of an object's origin,
whether it be the design of a building, the production of a manuscript, or
the creation of decorative arts, ritual or mundane. Yet medieval objects
have long and expansive lives that defy the period and geographic boundaries
set by academic disciplines. Many medieval objects have extended
prehistories emerging from their sites and contexts of creation, and most
medieval objects have undergone a variety of interventions and adaptations
since coming into being. The lives of these objects have been further
extended through historiography and digital media.
AVISTA will sponsor sessions that focus on the long lives of three types of
objects: buildings, manuscripts, and small-scale sculpture and metalwork.
These sessions are organized in conjunction with two sessions dedicated to
the long life of medieval art and architecture to be held at the 23rd
International Medieval Congress, Leeds, 4-7 July 2016. We encourage papers
that complement the interdisciplinary mission of AVISTA, bringing together
studies of technology, science, and art. These sessions, together with their
parallel sessions at Leeds, anticipate a volume on the Long Lives of
Medieval Art and Architecture as part of AVISTA Studies in the History of
Medieval Science, Technology and Art, published with Ashgate Press. For more
information see http://www.avista.org/
Send an abstract (500 words max) and Participant Information Form (available
Jennifer M. Feltman, Univ. of West Florida, at