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Book of the Year

Book of the YearThe Global Middle Ages, edited by Dr Catherine Holmes, A D M Cox Old Members’ Tutorial Fellow in Medieval History, with Professor Naomi Standen, has been named by The Spectator as one of their books of the year.

The special supplement of Past and Present is the culmination of an Arts and Humanities Research Council-funded project. “Defining the Global Middle Ages” (2012-15) was led by Dr Holmes and Professor Standen. It examines the abundant evidence for behaviour and interaction on a global scale in the millennium before 1500.

Peter Frankopan, the author of The Silk Roads, said that Towards a Global Middle Ages “contains some superb essays, and outlines new and important ways of looking at medieval history. It has set the cat among the pigeons in the academic world, but that is greatly to the editors’ credit.”

Dr Holmes researches the politics and culture of the Mediterranean world between the tenth and early fifteenth centuries. She teaches a wide range of medieval history options for undergraduates and regularly supervises theses for MSt students on the Medieval History, Medieval Studies, and Late Antique and Byzantine Studies courses, as well as DPhil students looking at Byzantine political and cultural history (after 850 C.E.) and Mediterranean cultural and political history from the tenth to the fourteenth centuries. Since 2011 she has also been one of the editors of The English Historical Review.

You can find the book on the OUP website.

Published: 9 January 2020

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