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“The Dumbarton Oaks Medieval Library is a project of extraordinary intellectual and cultural value, splendidly edited and handsomely presented. I look forward to many happy hours re-reading the classics of the medieval and Byzantine tradition as they appear in this new series.”—Harold Bloom

The Dumbarton Oaks Medieval Library is a groundbreaking facing-page translation series that makes the written achievements of medieval and Byzantine culture available to the English-speaking world. It offers the classics of the medieval canon as well as lesser-known gems of literary and cultural value to a global audience through accessible modern translations based on the latest research by leading scholars in the field.

With works ranging from The Vulgate Bible to Beowulf, and genres as diverse as travelogues, scientific treatises, and epic and lyric poetry, this series brings a vibrant medieval world populated with saints and sinners, monsters and angels, kings and slaves, poets and scholars, to a new generation of readers who will discover cultures and literatures both hauntingly familiar and wondrously alien.

The series began with a focus on three languages—Byzantine Greek, Medieval Latin, and Old English—and will incorporate additional vernacular languages in the future, including the Romance languages of medieval Iberia.

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Below is a list of in-print works in this collection, presented in series order or publication order as applicable.

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1.Cover: The Vulgate Bible, Volume I: The Pentateuch: Douay-Rheims Translation

The Vulgate Bible, Volume I: The Pentateuch: Douay-Rheims Translation

Edgar, Swift

The Vulgate Bible was used from the early Middle Ages through the 12th century in the Western European Christian (and, later, Catholic) tradition. This volume elegantly and affordably presents the text of the Pentateuch, the first five books of the Bible. It is the first volume of the projected six-volume set of the complete Vulgate Bible.

2.Cover: The Arundel Lyrics. The Poems of Hugh Primas

The Arundel Lyrics. The Poems of Hugh Primas

McDonough, Christopher J.

This volume presents two complementary medieval anthologies containing lyrics by two outstanding Latin poets of the second half of the twelfth century. The collection is further augmented by verse as varied as Christmas poems and satires on the venality of the Roman Curia and immoral bishops.

3.Cover: The <i>Beowulf</i> Manuscript: Complete Texts and <i>The Fight at Finnsburg</i>

The Beowulf Manuscript: Complete Texts and The Fight at Finnsburg

Fulk, R. D.

For the first time in the history of Beowulf scholarship, the poem appears alongside the other four texts from its sole surviving manuscript: the prose Passion of Saint Christopher, The Wonders of the East, The Letter of Alexander the Great to Aristotle, and the poem Judith.

4.Cover: The Vulgate Bible, Volume II: The Historical Books: Douay-Rheims Translation, Part A

The Vulgate Bible, Volume II: The Historical Books: Douay-Rheims Translation, Part A

Edgar, Swift

This second volume of a six-volume set of the complete Vulgate Bible presents the Historical Books of the Bible, which tell of Joshua’s leading the Israelites into the Promised Land, the leadership of judges and kings, Israel’s steady departure from many of God’s precepts, the Babylonian Captivity, and the return of Israel from exile.

5.Cover: The Vulgate Bible, Volume II: The Historical Books: Douay-Rheims Translation, Part B

The Vulgate Bible, Volume II: The Historical Books: Douay-Rheims Translation, Part B

Edgar, Swift

This second volume of a six-volume set of the complete Vulgate Bible presents the Historical Books of the Bible, which tell of Joshua’s leading the Israelites into the Promised Land, the leadership of judges and kings, Israel’s steady departure from many of God’s precepts, the Babylonian Captivity, and the return of Israel from exile.

6.Cover: The Rule of Saint Benedict

The Rule of Saint Benedict

Benedict of Nursia
Venarde, Bruce L.

One of the most influential texts in the Middle Ages, The Rule of Saint Benedict offers guidance about both the spiritual and organizational dimensions, from the loftiest to the lowliest, of monastic life. This new Latin–English edition has features for both first-time readers and scholars of medieval history and language.

7.Cover: Old Testament Narratives

Old Testament Narratives

Anlezark, Daniel

The Old English poems in this volume are among the first retellings of scriptural texts in a European vernacular. More than simple translations, they recast the familiar plots in daringly imaginative ways, from Satan’s seductive pride (anticipating Milton), to a sympathetic yet tragic Eve, to the lyrical nature poetry in Azarias.

8.Cover: The Vulgate Bible, Volume III: The Poetical Books: Douay-Rheims Translation

The Vulgate Bible, Volume III: The Poetical Books: Douay-Rheims Translation

Edgar, Swift

Volume III in this six-volume edition of the Vulgate Bible begins with Job’s argument with God and continues with the Psalms and the Canticle of Canticles. Its seven Poetical Books mark the third step in a thematic progression from God’s creation of the universe, through his oversight of historical events, and into the lives of his people.

9.Cover: Satires. Eupolemius

Satires. Eupolemius

Amarcius, Sextus
Pepin, Ronald E.
Ziolkowski, Jan M.

The Satires of Amarcius unrelentingly attack both secular vices and ecclesiastical abuses of the late eleventh century. The Eupolemius is a late-eleventh-century Latin epic that recasts salvation history, from Lucifer’s fall through Christ’s resurrection, fusing Greek and Hebrew components within a uniquely medieval framework.

10.Cover: Histories, Volume I: Books 1-2

Histories, Volume I: Books 1-2

Richer of Saint-Rémi
Lake, Justin

The Historia surveys a tumultuous century in which two competing dynasties struggled for supremacy, while great magnates seized the opportunity to carve out their own principalities. Richer tells of synods and coronations, deception and espionage, battles and sieges, disease and death, and even the difficulties of travel.

11.Cover: Histories, Volume II: Books 3-4

Histories, Volume II: Books 3-4

Richer of Saint-Rémi
Lake, Justin

The Historia surveys a tumultuous century in which two competing dynasties struggled for supremacy, while great magnates seized the opportunity to carve out their own principalities. Richer tells of synods and coronations, deception and espionage, battles and sieges, disease and death, and even the difficulties of travel.

12.Cover: Miracle Tales from Byzantium

Miracle Tales from Byzantium

Talbot, Alice-Mary
Johnson, Scott Fitzgerald

Miracles occupied a unique place in medieval and Byzantine life and thought. This volume makes available three collections of miracle tales never before translated into English. They deepen our understanding of attitudes toward miracles and display the remarkable range of registers in which Greek could be written during the Byzantine period.

13.Cover: The Vulgate Bible, Volume IV: The Major Prophetical Books: Douay-Rheims Translation

The Vulgate Bible, Volume IV: The Major Prophetical Books: Douay-Rheims Translation

Kinney, Angela M.

Volume IV of the Vulgate Bible presents writings attributed to the “major” prophets: Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel, and Daniel. Dire prophecies of God’s impending judgment are punctuated by portentous visions. Profound grief is accompanied by the promise of mercy and redemption, a promise illustrated best by Isaiah’s visions of a new heaven and a new earth.

14.Cover: Apocalypse. An Alexandrian World Chronicle

Apocalypse. An Alexandrian World Chronicle

Pseudo-Methodius
Garstad, Benjamin

The Apocalypse informed medieval expectations of the end of the world, responses to strange and exotic invaders, and the legend of Alexander the Great. An Alexandrian World Chronicle represented the early Christian chronicle tradition that would dominate medieval historiography. Both crossed the Mediterranean in Late Antiquity.

15.Cover: Old English Shorter Poems, Volume I: Religious and Didactic

Old English Shorter Poems, Volume I: Religious and Didactic

Jones, Christopher A.

Old English poetry offers a large number of shorter compositions, many of them on explicitly Christian themes. This volume presents twenty-nine of these shorter religious poems composed in Old and early Middle English between the seventh and twelfth centuries. These texts demonstrate the remarkable versatility of early English verse.

16.Cover: The History

The History

Attaleiates, Michael
Kaldellis, Anthony
Krallis, Dimitris

In 1039 Byzantium was the most powerful empire in Europe and the Near East. By 1079 it was a politically unstable state half the size, menaced by enemies on all sides. The History of Michael Attaleiates is our main source for this astonishing reversal. This translation, based on the most recent critical edition, includes notes, maps, and glossary.

17.Cover: The Vulgate Bible, Volume V: The Minor Prophetical Books and Maccabees: Douay-Rheims Translation

The Vulgate Bible, Volume V: The Minor Prophetical Books and Maccabees: Douay-Rheims Translation

Kinney, Angela M.

Volume V in this six-volume Vulgate Bible presents the twelve minor prophetical books of the Old Testament, as well as two deuterocanonical books, 1 and 2 Maccabees. The major prophets’ themes of judgment and redemption are further developed here by the minor prophets. Influential martyrdom narratives anticipate Christian hagiography.

18.Cover: One Hundred Latin Hymns: Ambrose to Aquinas

One Hundred Latin Hymns: Ambrose to Aquinas

Walsh, Peter G.

This volume collects one hundred of the most important and beloved Late Antique and Medieval Latin hymns from Western Europe. Ranging from Ambrose in the late fourth century to Bonaventure in the thirteenth, the authors meditate on the ineffable, from Passion to Paradise, and cover a broad gamut of poetic forms and meters.

19.Cover: The Old English Boethius: with Verse Prologues and Epilogues Associated with King Alfred

The Old English Boethius: with Verse Prologues and Epilogues Associated with King Alfred

Irvine, Susan
Godden, Malcolm R.

King Alfred’s circle of scholars boldly refashioned BoethiusConsolation of Philosophy from Latin into Old English, bringing it to a vernacular audience for the first time. Verse prologues and epilogues associated with the court of Alfred fill out this new edition, translated from Old English by Susan Irvine and Malcolm R. Godden.

20.Cover: The Life of Saint Symeon the New Theologian

The Life of Saint Symeon the New Theologian

Stethatos, Niketas
Greenfield, Richard P. H.

21.Cover: The Vulgate Bible, Volume VI: The New Testament: Douay-Rheims Translation

The Vulgate Bible, Volume VI: The New Testament: Douay-Rheims Translation

Kinney, Angela M.

22.Cover: Literary Works

Literary Works

Alan of Lille
Wetherbee, Winthrop

23.Cover: The Old English Poems of Cynewulf

The Old English Poems of Cynewulf

Cynewulf
Bjork, Robert E.

24.Cover: Accounts of Medieval Constantinople: The <i>Patria</i>

Accounts of Medieval Constantinople: The Patria

Berger, Albrecht

25.Cover: The Well-Laden Ship

The Well-Laden Ship

Egbert of Liège
Babcock, Robert Gary

26.Cover: Ysengrimus

Ysengrimus

Mann, Jill

27.Cover: Old English Poems of Christ and His Saints

Old English Poems of Christ and His Saints

Clayton, Mary

28.Cover: On Difficulties in the Church Fathers: The <i>Ambigua</i>, Volume I

On Difficulties in the Church Fathers: The Ambigua, Volume I

Maximos the Confessor
Constas, Nicholas

29.Cover: On Difficulties in the Church Fathers: The <i>Ambigua</i>, Volume II

On Difficulties in the Church Fathers: The Ambigua, Volume II

Maximos the Confessor
Constas, Nicholas

30.Cover: Saints' Lives, Volume I

Saints' Lives, Volume I

Henry of Avranches
Townsend, David

31.Cover: Saints' Lives, Volume II

Saints' Lives, Volume II

Henry of Avranches
Townsend, David

32.Cover: Old English Shorter Poems, Volume II: Wisdom and Lyric

Old English Shorter Poems, Volume II: Wisdom and Lyric

Bjork, Robert E.

33.Cover: The Histories, Volume I: Books 1-5

The Histories, Volume I: Books 1-5

Chalkokondyles, Laonikos
Kaldellis, Anthony

34.Cover: The Histories, Volume II: Books 6-10

The Histories, Volume II: Books 6-10

Chalkokondyles, Laonikos
Kaldellis, Anthony

35.Cover: On the Liturgy, Volume I: Books 1-2

On the Liturgy, Volume I: Books 1-2

Amalar of Metz
Knibbs, Eric

36.Cover: On the Liturgy, Volume II: Books 3-4

On the Liturgy, Volume II: Books 3-4

Amalar of Metz
Knibbs, Eric

37.Cover: Allegories of the <i>Iliad</i>

Allegories of the Iliad

Tzetzes, John
Goldwyn, Adam J.
Kokkini, Dimitra

38.Cover: Poetic Works

Poetic Works

Silvestris, Bernardus
Wetherbee, Winthrop

39.Cover: Lives and Miracles

Lives and Miracles

Gregory of Tours
de Nie, Giselle

40.Cover: Holy Men of Mount Athos

Holy Men of Mount Athos

Greenfield, Richard P. H.
Talbot, Alice-Mary
McGrath, Stamatina
Alexakis, Alexander

41.Cover: On Plato’s <i>Timaeus</i>

On Plato’s Timaeus

Calcidius
Magee, John

42.Cover: Old English Psalms

Old English Psalms

O’Neill, Patrick P.

43.Cover: The Rhetorical Exercises of Nikephoros Basilakes: <i>Progymnasmata</i> from Twelfth-Century Byzantium

The Rhetorical Exercises of Nikephoros Basilakes: Progymnasmata from Twelfth-Century Byzantium

Basilakes, Nikephoros
Beneker, Jeffrey
Gibson, Craig A.

44.Cover: The Old English History of the World: An Anglo-Saxon Rewriting of Orosius

The Old English History of the World: An Anglo-Saxon Rewriting of Orosius

Godden, Malcolm R.

45.Cover: Christian Novels from the <i>Menologion</i> of Symeon Metaphrastes

Christian Novels from the Menologion of Symeon Metaphrastes

Metaphrastes, Symeon
Papaioannou, Stratis

46.Cover: Poems

Poems

Fortunatus, Venantius
Roberts, Michael

47.Cover: The Life of Saint Neilos of Rossano

The Life of Saint Neilos of Rossano

Capra, Raymond L.
Murzaku, Ines A.
Milewski, Douglas J.

48.Cover: Carmina Burana, Volume I

Carmina Burana, Volume I

Traill, David A.

49.Cover: Carmina Burana, Volume II

Carmina Burana, Volume II

Traill, David A.

50.Cover: The Poems of Christopher of Mytilene and John Mauropous

The Poems of Christopher of Mytilene and John Mauropous

Christopher of Mytilene
Mauropous, John
Bernard, Floris
Livanos, Christopher

51.Cover: Medieval Latin Lives of Muhammad

Medieval Latin Lives of Muhammad

Yolles, Julian
Weiss, Jessica

52.Cover: Two Works on Trebizond

Two Works on Trebizond

Panaretos, Michael
Bessarion
Kennedy, Scott

53.Cover: <i>Tria sunt</i>: An Art of Poetry and Prose

Tria sunt: An Art of Poetry and Prose

Camargo, Martin

54.Cover: Saints of Ninth- and Tenth-Century Greece

Saints of Ninth- and Tenth-Century Greece

Kaldellis, Anthony
Polemis, Ioannis

55.Cover: Architrenius

Architrenius

De Hauvilla, Johannes
Wetherbee, Winthrop

56.Cover: Allegories of the <i>Odyssey</i>

Allegories of the Odyssey

Tzetzes, John
Goldwyn, Adam J.
Kokkini, Dimitra

57.Cover: The History of the Kings of Britain: The First Variant Version

The History of the Kings of Britain: The First Variant Version

Burchmore, David W.

58.Cover: Old English Lives of Saints, Volume I

Old English Lives of Saints, Volume I

Aelfric
Clayton, Mary
Mullins, Juliet

59.Cover: Old English Lives of Saints, Volume II

Old English Lives of Saints, Volume II

Aelfric
Clayton, Mary
Mullins, Juliet

60.Cover: Old English Lives of Saints, Volume III

Old English Lives of Saints, Volume III

Aelfric
Clayton, Mary
Mullins, Juliet

61.Cover: On Morals or Concerning Education

On Morals or Concerning Education

Metochites, Theodore
Xenophontos, Sophia

62.Cover: Appendix Ovidiana: Latin Poems Ascribed to Ovid in the Middle Ages

Appendix Ovidiana: Latin Poems Ascribed to Ovid in the Middle Ages

Hexter, Ralph
Pfuntner, Laura
Haynes, Justin

63.Cover: Anonymous Old English Lives of Saints

Anonymous Old English Lives of Saints

Kramer, Johanna
Magennis, Hugh
Norris, Robin

64.Cover: Homilies

Homilies

Jerusalem, Sophronios of
Duffy, John M.

65.Cover: <i>Parisiana poetria</i>

Parisiana poetria

John of Garland, John of
Lawler, Traugott

66.Cover: Old English Legal Writings

Old English Legal Writings

Wulfstan
Rabin, Andrew

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