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July 2: Professor Amt publishes two scholarly books on the medieval era

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

FREDERICK, Md.—Two scholarly books on the medieval era were published recently by a Hood College history professor.

Emilie Amt, Hildegarde Pilgram professor of history, coedited a collection of translated medieval texts entitled The Crusades: A Reader, Second Edition. This sourcebook—or collection of medieval writing—takes a multifaceted look at the Crusades from medieval perspectives. It includes original European and Middle Eastern documents written by Muslims, Jews and Christians, and covers military and political events along with ideological, economic, social and cultural elements.

Since the first edition was published in 2003, there has been a dramatic increase in interest in the Crusades, partially driven by the strained relationships between the Muslim world and Western nations. While the conflicts are different, the longstanding discord in the Middle East has roots in the crusading era. The many parallels between these historical periods make this book a valuable tool for understanding the struggles and a significant classroom resource.

The Latin Cartulary of Godstow Abbey is a compilation of more than 900 documents and records from that convent that existed for about 400 years near Oxford, England. Originally assembled in the early 15th century, this edition, written mostly in Latin, is the result of 10 years of research conducted by Amt. It comprises an English introduction and summaries of the documents that provide insights into medieval nuns' religious lives and economic activities, including new information derived from records Amt discovered during her research.

Amt is the author of five other books: Medieval England, 1000-1500: A Reader, Women’s Lives in Medieval Europe: A Sourcebook and The Accession of Henry II in England: Royal Government Restored, 1149-1159. Her articles and book reviews have appeared in journals such as The Journal of Medieval Military History and The Economic History Review. She is a 2003 National Endowment for the Humanities Fellow for research on the history of a medieval English convent.