Medieval Prosopography

Medieval Institute Publications at Western Michigan University publishes "Medieval Prosopography: History and Collective Biography" (ISSN 0198-9405; eISSN 2381-8700).


"Medieval Prosopography" was founded in 1980 when methodologies of social science were combined with social history in an attempt to explore and explicate the lives of people who, when treated as individuals, often remain obscure. Because relatively few sources were created by or about individuals during the Middle Ages the prosopographical method of analysis of groups of people has lent itself especially well to medieval history. The aim of this annual journal is to provide a venue for work engaged with the methodology of using data drawn from analysis of a group or relationships between individuals to restore to view the lives of those who would otherwise remain unexamined or to yield new insight into the medieval past. Scholarship taking the approach of collective or group biography also falls under the umbrella of prosopography and would be appropriate for the journal. Over the past four decades, "Medieval Prosopography" has published articles on a range of subjects from all periods and places of medieval history.


  • George T. Beech, Professor Emeritus, Western Michigan University
  • Valerie L. Garver, Northern Illinois University
  • Amy Livingstone, Wittenberg University
  • Jonathan R. Lyon, University of Chicago
  • Alan V. Murray, University of Leeds
  • Joel T. Rosenthal, State University of New York at Stony Brook

Editor Emeritus

  • Bernard S. Bachrach, University of Minnesota

Editorial Board

  • Ralph W. Mathisen, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Alison McHardy, University of Nottingham
  • Marilyn Oliva, Fordham University


The journal welcomes submissions on topics that relate to prosopography from late antiquity to the sixteenth century. Work on all areas and relevant aspects of the medieval world, including Islam and Byzantium, are welcome. Articles in the major European languages are invited and will be published in their original language. If the editors believe the article is suitable for publication in the journal, it will be evaluated by experts in the field. The editors are committed to making decisions as expeditiously as possible. 

At the moment, submissions are temporarily on hold. Please keep an eye here for more information.

Book Reviews

"Medieval Prosopography" reviews books relevant to the topic or application of prosopography. Book reviews should be limited to 1000 words. If you have a book you would like to have reviewed by the journal or would like to review works for "Medieval Prosopography," please contact Jonathan Lyon (


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Contents of volumes published by Medieval Institute Publications.