Reading Medieval Studies

ISSN 0950-3129

The GCMS publishes a multi-disciplinary, peer-reviewed journal, Reading Medieval Studies. One issue is published annually. Guest editors are welcomed for either special or regular issues.

The journal was launched in 1975. Reading Medieval Studies is edited by Carolina Escobar-Vargas ( ).

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Reading Medieval Studies XXXX (2014)

Special issue - Law's  Dominion in the Middle Ages: Essays for Paul Hyams

Professor Danuta R Shanzer (University of Vienna) 

Augustine's EPP. 77-78 (A Scandal in Hippo): Microhistory and Ordeal-by-Oath

Professor Thomas D Hill (Cornell University)

The Weight of Love and the Anglo-Saxon Cold Water Ordeals

Professor Richard Abels (US Naval Academy)

'The crimes by which Wulfbald ruined himself with his lord': The Limits of State Action in Late Anglo-Saxon England

Professor Stephen D White (Emory University)

Hic Est Wadard: Vassal of Odo of Bayeaux or Miles and Frater of St Augustine's, Canterbury

Professor Ruth Mazo Karras (University of Minnisota)

Telling the Truth about Sex in Late Medieval Paris

Assistant Professor Eliza Buhrer (Seton Hall University)

Law and Mental Competency in Late Medieval England

Professor Paul Brand (All Souls, Oxford)

New Light on the Expulsion of the Jewish Community from England in 1290

Dr Chris Briggs (University of Cambridge) and Professor Phillipp Schofield (Aberystwyeth University)

Understanding Edwardian Villagers' Use of Law: Some Manor Court Litigation Evidence

Assistant Professor Ada Maria Kuskowski (Southern Methodist University)

Lingua Franca Legalis? A French Vernacular Legal Culture form England to the Levant

Assistant Professor Thomas J McSweeney (William and Mary Law School)

The King's Courts and the King's Soul: Pardoning as Almsgiving in Medieval England

Professor Richard W Kaeuper (University of Rochester)

John Ruskin, the Medieval Ordines, and Meritorious Suffering

Professor Peter Coss (Cardiff University)

Neifs and Villeins in Later Medieval England

Dr Dave Postles (University of Hertfordshire)

Bibliography of the Writings of Paul Hyams

Contents of current and past publications

Guidelines for submissions:

Reading Medieval Studies welcomes articles that are longer than standard length. Your paper should be no longer than 10,000 words (including notes and bibliography).

You may submit your article either in hard copy or as an email attachment (see contact details below). For electronic copies, Microsoft Word is preferred to WordPerfect.

Articles are normally published in English.

The editors are committed to giving feedback on every submitted article within a delay of 8 weeks.


Articles should be submitted in a standard font (e.g. Times New Roman), double-spaced, 12 point.  Paragraphs should be indented to 0.7cm.

Please note that short quotations should be enclosed within single quotation marks and run on with the main text; longer quotations and lines of verse should be separated from the preceding and subsequent text and should be indented. Quotation marks are not required for these. Download an example here Long-Quotes

Quotations of medieval texts or in any language other than English should be translated, either in a note or (in the case of primary sources) immediately after the quotation.

All bibliographical references should appear in the notes. Unless specifically instructed otherwise, do not include a 'Works cited' section. Notes should appear as endnotes, not footnotes.

Bibliographical references


First reference:

E. Ronsjö, La Vie de saint Nicolas par Wace, poème religieux du XIIe siècle publié d'apres tous les manuscrits, Etudes romanes de Lund 5 (Lund, Gleerup; Copenhagen,Munksgaard, 1942).

William of Malmesbury, Gesta Regum Anglorum. The History of the English Kings. William of Malmesbury, ed. and trans. R. A. B.Mynors, R. A. Thomson and W. Winterbottom, 2 vols. (Oxford, Oxford University Press, 1998-99), Book ii. 178.


a) in books, first reference:

E. M. C. van Houts, 'The Adaptation of the Gesta Normannorum Ducum by Wace and Benoît', in Non nova sed nove: Mélanges de civilisation médiévale dédiés à Willem Noomen, ed. M. Gosman and J. van Os (Groningen, Bouma's Boekhuis, 1984), pp. 115-24 (for full article) or 115-24 (120) for reference to a particular point.

b) in journals, first reference:

Jean Blacker-Knight, 'Wace's craft and his audience: historical truth, bias and patronage in the Roman de Rou', Kentucky Romance Quarterly, 31 (1984): 355-62 (for full article) or 355-62 (356-7) for reference to a particular point.

Subsequent references:

Ronsjö, p. 68.

Ronsjö, Nicolas, p. 68. (if more than one work by Ronsjö has been cited in the article)

William of Malmesbury, Gesta Regum, Book ii. 178.

van Houts, p. 120.

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