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Legal Custom & Lex Castrensis?: Using Law and Literature to Navigate the North-Sea Neighbourhood in the Late Viking Age (2020)
Book Chapter
Ruiter, K. (in press). Legal Custom & Lex Castrensis?: Using Law and Literature to Navigate the North-Sea Neighbourhood in the Late Viking Age. In Britain and its Neighbours. London: Routledge

In his Lex Castrensis, the thirteenth-century Danish writer Sven Aggesen tells the story of the creation of a law that he attributes to Knútr inn ríki (Cnut the Great) as a means of governing his substantial military following of retainers, known as... Read More about Legal Custom & Lex Castrensis?: Using Law and Literature to Navigate the North-Sea Neighbourhood in the Late Viking Age.

Peasant Perspectives on the Medieval Landscape: A study of three communities (2020)
Book
Kilby, S. (2020). Peasant Perspectives on the Medieval Landscape: A study of three communities. University of Hertfordshire Press

This compelling new study forms part of a new wave of scholarship on the medieval rural environment in which the focus moves beyond purely socio-economic concerns to incorporate the lived experience of peasants. For too long, the principal intellectu... Read More about Peasant Perspectives on the Medieval Landscape: A study of three communities.

Self-Defence and Its Limits in Marguerite Porete’s Mirror of Simple Souls (2020)
Journal Article
Trombley, J., & Trombley, J. L. (2020). Self-Defence and Its Limits in Marguerite Porete’s Mirror of Simple Souls. Nottingham Medieval Studies, 63, 129-151. https://doi.org/10.1484/j.nms.5.118197

This article examines how Marguerite Porete defended her ideas in her mystical treatise The Mirror of Simple Souls, which along with its author was condemned as heretical in 1310. Most scholarship has focussed on the final sixteen chapters of the Mir... Read More about Self-Defence and Its Limits in Marguerite Porete’s Mirror of Simple Souls.

Berserks Behaving Badly: Manipulating Normative Expectations in Eyrbyggja saga (2020)
Book Chapter
Ruiter, K. (2020). Berserks Behaving Badly: Manipulating Normative Expectations in Eyrbyggja saga. In Narrating Law and Laws of Narration in Medieval Scandinavia, (171-184). De Gruyter

A common thread running through the present volume is the consistent highlighting of the flexibility, negotiation, and pragmatism that is so apparent in narrated descriptions of law, legal norms, and legal practice in the medieval Scandinavian milieu... Read More about Berserks Behaving Badly: Manipulating Normative Expectations in Eyrbyggja saga.

Linking Law: Viking and Medieval Scandinavian Law in Literature and History (2020)
Journal Article
Ruiter, K. (2020). Linking Law: Viking and Medieval Scandinavian Law in Literature and History. The Historian, 8-12

This short magazine article highlights ongoing interdisciplinary scholarship which has cast light on the surprisingly sophisticated world of Viking-Age and Medieval Scandinavian law and its wide-ranging influence in these societies.

From Micro- to Macro-processes of Religious Change (2019)
Journal Article
Lutton, R. (2019). From Micro- to Macro-processes of Religious Change. Church History and Religious Culture, 99(3-4), 412-439. https://doi.org/10.1163/18712428-09903006

The article discusses the Europe-wide late medieval phenomenon of the cult of the Holy Name, using it as a case study to discuss the relationship of micro-and macro-historical transformations by scrutinizing the enormous success of a religious innova... Read More about From Micro- to Macro-processes of Religious Change.

Devotion to the Holy Name of Jesus in the Medieval West (2019)
Book Chapter
LUTTON, R. (2019). Devotion to the Holy Name of Jesus in the Medieval West. In Illuminating Jesus in the Middle Ages. , (129-53). Leiden /Boston: Brill Academic Publishers. https://doi.org/10.1163/9789004409422_009

From the eleventh century onward, there was an increasing preoccupation in Western Christianity with Christ’s humanity and suffering body. This “Christocentric turn” was not just towards the bloodied human body of Christ but also towards his human na... Read More about Devotion to the Holy Name of Jesus in the Medieval West.

A Deviant Word Hoard: A Preliminary Study of Non-Normative Terms in Early Medieval Scandinavia (2019)
Book Chapter
Ruiter, K. (2019). A Deviant Word Hoard: A Preliminary Study of Non-Normative Terms in Early Medieval Scandinavia. In Social Norms in Medieval ScandinaviaAmsterdam University Press

Norms, normativity, and the transgression thereof have long been topics of special interest in the social sciences; however, these studies routinely demonstrate an inherent fluidity between normativity and deviance, making the study of either in isol... Read More about A Deviant Word Hoard: A Preliminary Study of Non-Normative Terms in Early Medieval Scandinavia.

The political is personal: an analysis of crowd-sourced political ideas and images from a Massive Open Online Course (2019)
Journal Article
Humphrey, M., Umbach, M., & Clulow, Z. (2019). The political is personal: an analysis of crowd-sourced political ideas and images from a Massive Open Online Course. Journal of Political Ideologies, 24(2), 121-138 . doi:10.1080/13569317.2019.1589958

The analysis of ideology at the vernacular level requires access to peer-to-peer political discussions amongst non-specialists. It is in these discursive exchanges that political views are articulated, refined, and revised. Such exchanges are, howeve... Read More about The political is personal: an analysis of crowd-sourced political ideas and images from a Massive Open Online Course.

Lousy revolutionaries: fiction, feminism, and failure in Ilene Segalove's The Riot Tapes (1984) (2019)
Journal Article
Bradnock, L. (2019). Lousy revolutionaries: fiction, feminism, and failure in Ilene Segalove's The Riot Tapes (1984). Oxford Art Journal, doi:10.1093/oxartj/kcy031

In 1970, Ilene Segalove was a student at the University of California, Santa Barbara, during a period of violent protests against the American Vietnam War. In 1984, as Ronald Reagan was elected to his second term as US President, Segalove made a vide... Read More about Lousy revolutionaries: fiction, feminism, and failure in Ilene Segalove's The Riot Tapes (1984).

Different strokes: judicial violence in Viking-Age England and Scandinavia (2019)
Journal Article
Ruiter, K., & Ashby, S. P. (2019). Different strokes: judicial violence in Viking-Age England and Scandinavia. Viking and Medieval Scandinavia, 14, 153-184. doi:10.1484/j.vms.5.116393

This paper takes a fresh look at the use of judicial violence in the societies of Viking-Age England and Scandinavia. Using interdisciplinary methodologies, it considers legal, historical, literary, and archaeological evidence for judicially-prescrib... Read More about Different strokes: judicial violence in Viking-Age England and Scandinavia.

Photography, Migration and Identity: A German-Jewish-American Story (2019)
Book
Umbach, M., & Sulzener, S. (in press). Photography, Migration and Identity: A German-Jewish-American Story. Palgrave Macmillan. doi:10.1007/978-3-030-00784-3

Between the 1933 Nazi seizure of power and their 1941 prohibition on all Jewish emigration, around 90,000 German Jews moved to the United States. Using the texts and images from a personal archive, this book explores how these refugees made sense of... Read More about Photography, Migration and Identity: A German-Jewish-American Story.

Italy and early medieval Europe: papers for Chris Wickham (2018)
Book
R. Balzaretti, J. Barrow, & P. Skinner (Eds.), (2018). Italy and early medieval Europe: papers for Chris Wickham

This volume represents a comprehensive survey of recent work in medieval Italian history and archaeology by an international cast of contributors, arranged within a broader context of studies of other regions and major historical transitions in Europ... Read More about Italy and early medieval Europe: papers for Chris Wickham.



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