Medieval Institute Publications at Western Michigan University publishes Medieval People: Social Bonds, Kinship and Networks (ISSN 2690-8182; eISSN 2690-8190), formerly published under the title Medieval Prosopography: History and Collective Biography (ISSN 0198-9405; eISSN 2381-8700).
Medieval People builds upon what its precursor, Medieval Prosopography, sought to do: it is dedicated to highlighting the experiences of unknown or obscure individuals or groups, as well as exploring the social networks that gave shape to the lives of all medieval people. The journal has been updated, however, to reflect the new trends in scholarship and the ever-growing number of tools available to scholars, as well as the rich offerings of digital humanities projects that can assist scholars in developing a deeper and more inclusive understanding of the medieval world. Therefore volume 35 of Medieval Prosopography will be the last volume available in print, while volume 36, coming in 2021, will be the first volume under the title Medieval People and the first online-only volume of the journal (articles can be printed by subscribers).
Taking Eileen Power’s classic book Medieval People as a touchstone, the inaugural volume of the journal will contain articles that correspond directly with the narratives in Power’s volume, such as Constance Bouchard’s updating of “The Peasant Bodo.” But the focus of the journal has also been updated and expanded to include articles on medieval people who were not included in the original work, including, for instance, Nicole Lopez-Jantzen’s examination of Lombard queens and Lucy Barnhouse’s discussion of the relationship of the sick and destitute with a German monastery. These articles align with the journal’s mission to promote the study of overlooked or understudied medieval people and groups.
To highlight how the study of the past has transformed and broadened, consideration of the tools that scholars can now employ to detect relationships not known heretofore, but also to recover the experiences of people whose stories would otherwise remain unretrievable, will also be included. Courtney Luckhardt, for example, uses social networking software to trace the relationships between pilgrims traveling to Jerusalem.
- Amy Livingstone, Ball State University
- Charlotte Cartwright, Christopher Newport University
- George T. Beech, Professor Emeritus, Western Michigan University
- Valerie L. Garver, Northern Illinois University
- Jonathan R. Lyon, University of Chicago
- Joel T. Rosenthal, State University of New York at Stony Brook
Medieval Prosopography: Volume 35 (2020)
"Forum: Pauline Stafford’s Queens, Concubines, and Dowagers Thirty-five Years On," edited by Valerie L. Garver, Penelope Nash, and Elena Woodacre
"Family in Pre-Conquest English Minting: The Mint at Colchester," by Jeremy Piercy
"The “Hidden” Parliamentarians of Medieval England," by Alison K. McHardy
"Archontology and Prosopography of Financial Administration in Medieval Hungary," by István Kádas and Boglárka Weisz
Volume 35 Book Reviews
Download this volume's book reviews, including:
- Elisabeth van Houts, Married Life in the Middle Ages, 900–1300 (reviewed by Constance B. Bouchard)
- Lucy K. Pick, Her Father’s Daughter: Gender, Power, and Religion in the Early Spanish Kingdoms (reviewed by Simon Doubleday)
- Matthew Hammond, ed., Personal Names and Naming Practices in Medieval Scotland (reviewed by Cynthia J. Neville)
- Christopher M. Woolgar, ed., The Elite Household in England, 1100–1500: Proceedings of the 2016 Harlaxton Symposium (reviewed by Joel T. Rosenthal)
The most recent volume of Medieval Prosopography, Volume 34 (2019), contained articles by Hervin Fernández-Aceves, Francesca Petrizzo, Heather Tanner, Michael Peixoto, Elizabeth A. R. Brown, Laura M. Wood, and Christian Raffensperger and book reviews.
Medieval People is published annually in a digital format. Individual subscriptions are $34.95, and institution or library subscriptions are $80.00. Journal subscriptions and orders of individual issues are handled by our distributor, ISD. To subscribe to Medieval People, please fill out a subscription form and email it to ISD. You should receive email confirmation of your order from ISD within a week or so, which will include an invoice and request payment.
Stay tuned! This area will feature suggestions and recommendations from members of the editorial board about books and articles that engage with new approaches to examining the lives of medieval people.
This journal explores the lives of medieval people of all ranks, periods and places in the medieval world and welcomes submissions that explore a single life, that highlight the important social bonds of an individual or group, or the study of social networks from late antiquity to the sixteenth century. If the editors believe the article is suitable for publication in the journal, it will be evaluated by experts in the field. Articles in the major European languages are invited and will be published in their original language. Please contact Amy Livingstone (email@example.com) or Charlotte Cartwright (firstname.lastname@example.org) with any questions about submissions.
General Submission Rules
Submitted articles cannot have been previously published, nor be forthcoming in an archival journal or book (print or electronic). Please note: "publication" in a working-paper series does not constitute prior publication. In addition, by submitting material to Medieval People, the author is stipulating that the material is not currently under review at another journal (electronic or print) and that he or she will not submit the material to another journal (electronic or print) until the completion of the editorial decision process at Medieval People.
Please submit articles with a minimum of formatting. Do not justify the right margin, or use varying type sizes or variable line space, or insert extra spaces around paragraphs. See Final Manuscript Preparation Guidelines for further details. Additional necessary materials (e.g., tables, family trees, etc.) should also be submitted as Word files when possible.