The MECERN Book Corner

Here, you can find all the information about our book presentations. Enjoy!

Book Corner: May 7, 2024

Miri Rubin (Queen Mary University of London) presents: 

  • Gustavs Strenga: Remembering the Dead. Collective Memory and Commemoration in Late Medieval Livonia, Turnhout: Brepols, 2023.

Zsolt Hunyadi (University of Szeged) presents: 

  • Gábor Barabás: Delegated Papal Jurisdiction in Arpadian Hungary. Bishops – Provosts – Papal Chaplains, Budapest: Research Centre for the Humanities, 2023.

Gábor Barabás (University of Pécs) presents: 

  • Zsolt Hunyadi / András Ribi: The Knights Hospitaller in Medieval Hungary, Budapest: Research Centre for the Humanities, 2023.

Book Corner: April 2, 2024

Csete Katona (University of Debrecen) presented: 

  • The Ruling Families of Rus. Clan, Family and Kingdom, ed. by Christian Raffensperger and Donald Ostrowski, London: Reaktion Books 2023.

József Laszlovszky (Central European University) presented: 

  • A United Europe of Things. Portable Material Culture across Medieval Europe,
    ed. by Jakub Sawicki, Michael Lewis, and Mária Vargha, Berlin: Springer, 2023.

Book Corner: March 5, 2024

Máté Vas (Eötvös Loránd University) presented: 

  • Luxembourg Court Cultures in the Long Fourteenth Century, ed. by Karl Kügle, Ingrid Ciulisová, Václav Žůrek, Woodbridge: The Boydell Press, 2024.

Paul Knoll (University of Southern California) presented: 

  • Gregory Leighton: Ideology and Holy Landscape in the Baltic Crusades, Leeds: Arc Humanities Press, 2022.

Anna Adamska (University of Utrecht) presented:

  • Jakub Niedźwiedź: Literacy in Medieval and Early Modern Vilnius, Turnhout: Brepols, 2023.

Book Corner: February 6, 2024

Éloïse Adde (Central European University) presented:

  • Eduard Mühle: Slavs in the Middle Ages Between Idea and Reality, Leiden/Boston: Brill, 2023.

Bernát Rácz (Central European University) presented:

  • Mária Vargha: Modelling Christianisation. A Geospatial Analysis of the Archaeological Data on the Rural Church Network of Hungary in the 11th-12th Centuries, Oxford: Archaeopress – Archaeolingua, 2022.

Suzana Simon (Croatian Academy of Sciences) and Teodora Artimon (Trivent Publishing House) presented: 

  • Jonathan Harris: Theosis, Budapest: Trivent Publishing, 2023.

Book Corner: December 5, 2023

Trpimir Vedriš (University of Zagreb) presented: 

  • Danijel Džino: Early Medieval Hum and Bosnia, ca. 450-1200. Beyond Myths, London: Routledge, 2023.

András Vadas (Eötvös Loránd University) presented:

  • Pre-modern Towns at the Times of Catastrophes.
    East Central Europe in a Comparative Perspective, 
    ed. by Michaela Antonín Malaníková, Beata Możejko, and Martin Nodl, London: Routledge, 2023.

Attila Györkös (University of Debrecen) presented:

  • Patrik Pastrnak: Dynasty in Motion. Wedding Journeys in Late Medieval and Early Modern Europe, London: Routledge, 2023.

Book Corner: November 7, 2023

Christian Raffensperger (Wittenberg University) presented:

  • Matthew Koval: Childhood in Medieval Poland (1050-1300): Constructions and Realities in a European Context, Leiden/Boston: Brill, 2021.

Frederik Felskau (Cologne) presented:

  • The Correspondence of John of Capestrano: Letters Exchanged during his Stay in the Kingdom of Hungary (1455-1456) and with the Hungarian Recipients Beforehand (1451-1455), ed. by György Galamb in collaboration with Iulian Mihail Damian, Ottó Gecser, and Balázs Kertész, Szeged: Szegedi Tudományegyetem,
    Budapest: Research Centre for the Humanities, Institute of History, 2023.

Dušan Zupka (Comenius University, Bratislava) presented:

  • The Expansion of the Faith. Crusading on the Frontiers of Latin Christendom in the High Middle Ages, ed. by Paul Srodecki, and Norbert Kersken, Turnhout: Brepols 2022.

Book Corner: May 2, 2023

Alice Choyke (Central European University) presented:

  • Christopher Mielke: The Archaeology and Material Culture of Queenship in Medieval Hungary, 1000–1395, Cham: Palgrave Macmillan, 2021.

Sean Field (University of Vermont) presented:

  • Paweł Kras, and Tomasz Gałuszka: The Beguines of Medieval Świdnica: The Interrogation of the “Daughters of Odelindis” in 1332, Woodbridge: York Medieval Press, 2023.

Gregory Leighton (Nicolaus Copernicus University, Toruń) presented:

  • Networking in Late Medieval Central Europe – Friends, Families, Foes, ed. by Beata Możejko, Anna Paulina Orłowska, and Leslie Carr-Riegel, London: Routledge, 2023.

Book Corner: March 7, 2023

Dávid Falvay (Eötvös Loránd University) presented:

  • The Saints of Rome: Diffusion and Reception from Late Antiquity to the Early Modern Period, ed. by Trpimir Vedriš, Gábor Klaniczay, and Dorottya Uhrin, Zagreb: Hagiotheca, 2021.

 Katalin Szende (Central European University) presented:

  • Daniela Dvořáková: Barbara of Cilli (1392-1451). A Hungarian, Holy Roman, and Bohemian Queen, Leiden: Brill, 2021.

 Gabriella Erdélyi (Eötvös Loránd Research Network, Research Centre for the Humanities, Institute of History) presented:

  • Jenő Szűcs: The Historical Construction of National Consciousness, Budapest/Vienna/New York: Central European University Press, 2022.

Book Corner: February 7, 2023

Jonathan Shepard (University of Oxford) presented:

  • Csete Katona: Vikings of the Steppe, Scandinavians, Rus’, and the Turkic World (c. 750–1050), New York: Routledge, 2022.

Talia Zajac (University of Manchester) presented:

  • Grzegorz Pac: Women in the Piast Dynasty. A Comparative Study of Piast Wives and Daughters (c. 965–c.1144) Leiden/Boston: Brill, 2022.

Pál Fodor (Eötvös Loránd Research Network, Research Centre for the Humanities, Institute of History) presented:

  • The Arpadiana series, ed. by Pál Fodor and Attila Zsoldos, Budapest: Research Centre for the Humanities, 2020.

Book Corner: January 10, 2023

Three presentations will be given on the recently published Oxford Handbook of Medieval Central Europe, ed. by Nada Zečević and Daniel Ziemann, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2022.


The speakers are:

  • Florin Curta (University of Florida)
  • Antonín Kalous (Palacký University, Olomouc)
  • Christina Lutter (University of Vienna)

Book Corner: December 6, 2022

Julia Verkholantsev (University of Pennsylvania) presented:

  • Miroslav Vepřek: Czech Church Slavonic in the Tenth and Eleventh Centuries, Munich: Lincom, 2022.
  • Václav Čermák: Hlaholské písemnictví v Čechách doby lucemburské, Prague: Slovanský ústav Akademie věd České republiky, 2020.

Gerhard Jaritz (Central European University) presented:

  • Festivities, Ceremonies, and Rituals in the Lands of the Bohemian Crown in the Late Middle Ages, ed. by František Šmahel, Martin Nodl, and Václav Žůrek, Leiden/Boston: Brill, 2022.

András Vadas (Eötvös Loránd University) presented:

  • Krakow: An Ecobiography, ed. by Adam Izdebski and Rafał Szmytka, Pittsburgh: University of Pittsburgh Press, 2021.

Book Corner: November 8, 2022

László Ferenczi (Charles University, Prague) presented:

  • Beatrix Romhányi: Pauline Economy in the Middle Ages.”the spiritual cannot be maintained without the temporal …”, Leiden: Brill, 2020.

Paweł Kras (John Paul II Catholic University of Lublin) presented:

  • Lucie Mazalová: Eschatology in the Work of Jan Hus, Turnhout: Brepols, 2022.

Kornél Illés (Central European University) presented:

  • Tomislav Matić: Bishop John Vitez and Early Renaissance Central Europe. THE HUMANIST KINGMAKER, Leeds: Arc Humanities Press, 2022.

Book Corner: October 4, 2022

Julia Burkhardt (Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich) presented:

  • Attila Zsoldos: The Golden Bull of Hungary, Budapest: ELKH Eötvös Loránd Research Network, Research Centre for the Humanities, 2022.

Gábor Klaniczay (Central European University) presented:

  • Dávid Falvay: Vernacular Hagiography and Meditation Literature in Late Medieval Italy, Budapest: ELTE Eötvös Kiadó, 2022.

  • Le Meditationes vitae Christi in volgare secondo il codice Paris, BnF, it. 115 Edizione, commentario e riproduzione del corredo iconografico, ed. by Diego Dotto, Dávid Falvay, Antonio Montefusco, Venezia: Edizioni Ca’ Foscari – Digital Publishing, 2021.

Miklós Földváry (Eötvös Loránd University) presented:

  • Political Liturgies in the High Middle Ages: Beyond the Legacy of Ernst H. Kantorowicz, ed. by Pawel Figurski, Johanna Dale, Pieter Byttebier, Turnhout: Brepols, 2021.

Book Corner: June 7, 2022

Marie-Madeleine de Cevins (Université de Rennes) presented:

  • Attila Zsoldos: Árpáds and Their People, Budapest: Institute of History, Research Centre for the Humanities, 2020.

Martin Pjecha (Central European University) presented:

  • A Companion to the Hussites, ed. by Michael Van Dussen and Pavel Soukup, Leiden: Brill, 2020.

Judit Majorossy (Max-Weber-Kolleg, Universität Erfurt) presented:

  • Kriszta Arany: Florentine Families in Hungary in the First Half of the Fifteenth Century, Kiel: Solivagus-Verlag, 2020.

Attila Bárány (University of Debrecen) presented:

  • János M. Bak and Géza Pálffy: Crown and Coronation in Hungary 1000–1916 A.D., Budapest: Institute of History, Research Centre for the Humanities, Hungarian National Museum, 2020.

Book Corner: April 5, 2022

Beatrix Romhányi (Károli Gáspár University of the Reformed Church in Hungary) presented:

  • The Benedictines and Central Europe. Christianity – Culture – Society 800-1300, ed. by Dušan Foltýn, Pavlína Mašková, and Petr Sommer, Prague: NLN, 2021.

László Veszprémy (Pázmány Péter Catholic University) presented:

  • Dušan Zupka: Ritual and Symbolic Communication in Medieval Hungary under the Árpád Dynasty (1000 – 1301), Leiden/Boston: Brill, 2016.

Éloïse Adde (Central European University) presented:

  • Competing narratives of the past in Central and Eastern Europe, c. 1200 -c. 1600, ed. by Pavlína Rychterová, David Kalhous, Turnhout: Brepols, 2021.

Gábor Klaniczay (Central European University) presented:

  • Enikő Csukovits: Hungary and the Hungarians. Western Europe’s View in the Middle Ages, Rome: Viella, 2018.

Book Corner: March 1, 2022

Six presentations will be given on the recently published The Routledge Handbook of East Central and Eastern Europe in the Middle Ages, 500–1300, ed. by Florin Curta, London: Routledge 2021.

The speakers were:

  • Gerhard Jaritz (Central European University)
  • Damir Karbić (Institute for Historical and Social Sciences, Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts, Zagreb)
  • Paweł Kras (John Paul II Catholic University of Lublin)
  • Balázs Nagy (Eötvös Loránd University & Central European University)
  • Pavlína Richterova (Institute for Medieval Research, Austrian Academy of Sciences. Vienna)
  • Julia Verkholantsev (University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia)

Book Corner: February 1, 2022

Josip Banić (Juraj Dobrila University of Pula) presented:

  • Byzantium, Venice and the Medieval Adriatic: Spheres of Maritime Power and Influence, c. 700-1453, ed. by Magdalena Skoblar, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2021.

Michal Machalski (Central European University) presented:

  • Rulership in Medieval East Central Europe. Power, Rituals and Legitimacy in Bohemia, Hungary and Poland, ed. by Dušan Zupka and Grischa Vercamer, Leiden/Boston: Brill, 2022.

Dorottya Uhrin (Eötvös Loránd University) presented:

  • Carmen Florea: The Late Medieval Cult of the Saints: Universal Developments within Local Contexts, Abingdon/New York: Routledge, 2021.

József Laszlovszky (Central European University) presented:

  • Kincskeresés, kaland, tudomány: Közösségi régészeti projektek Pest megyében [Treasure Hunt, Adventure, Science: Community Archeological Projects in Pest County], ed. by Tibor Rácz, Szentendre: Ferenczy Múzeumi Centrum, 2021.

Book Corner: December 7, 2021

Robert Antonín (University of Ostrava) presented:

  • Cosmas of Prague. The Chronicle of the Czechs, ed. by János M. Bak and Pavlína Rychterová, Budapest/New York: Central European University Press, 2019.

 Anna Adamska (University of Utrecht) presented:

  • Wojciech Drelicharz: Unifying the Kingdom of Poland in Mediaeval Historiographic Thought, Kraków: Societas Vistulana, 2020.

 Balázs Nagy (Eötvös Loránd University, Central European University) presented:

  • Piotr Pranke, Miloš Žečević: Medieval Trade in Central Europe, Scandinavia, and the Balkans (10th-12th centuries), Leiden: Brill, 2020.
  • Monetisation and Commercialisation in the Baltic Sea, 1050-1450 Abingdon, ed. by Dariusz Adamczyk, Beata Możejko, New York, NY: Routledge, 2021.

 Béla Zsolt Szakács (Pázmány Péter Catholic University, Central European University) presented:

  • Ernő Marosi: “Fénylik a mű nemesen”. Válogatott írások a középkori művészet történetéről. I-III. [“The opus shines nobly”. Selected writings on the history of medieval art], Budapest: Martin Opitz Kiadó, 2020.

Book Corner: November 2, 2021

Three presentations were given on a recently published encyclopedia on Central Europe, named Démystifier l’Europe centrale. Bohême, Hongrie et Pologne du VIIe au XVIe siècle, ed. by Marie-Madeleine de Cevins in collaboration with Enikő Csukovits, Olivier Marin, Martin Nejedlý, and Przemysław Wiszewski, Paris: Passés composés / Humensis, 2021.

The Speakers were:

  • Éloïse Adde (Central European University)
  • Dániel Bagi (ELTE, Budapest)
  • Julia Burkhardt (Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich)

Book Corner: October 5, 2021

Trpimir Vedriš (University of Zagreb) presented:

  • Ivan Basić: I vescovi della Dalmazia al Concilio di Hieria del 754. Appunti sulla geografia storica dell’Adriatico meridionale bizantino nell’VIII secolo, Split, 2021.

Katalin Szende (Central European University) presented:

  • Judit Gál: Dalmatia and the Exercise of Royal Authority in the Árpád-Era Kingdom of Hungary, Budapest: BTK TTI, 2021.

Antonín Kalous (Palacký University, Olomouc) presented:

  • The Grand Tour of John of Capistrano in Central and Eastern Europe (1451-1456). Transfer of Ideas and Strategies of Communication in the Late Middle Ages, ed. by Pawel Kras and James D. Mixson, Warsaw-Lublin: Tadeusz Manteuffel Institute of History, Polish Academy of Sciences, Wydawnictwo KUL, 2018.
  • Letters related to the History of Poland and Silesia (1451-1456), ed. by Paweł Kras, Halina Manikowska, Marcin  Starzyński, and Anna Zajchowska-Bołtromiuk, transl. by Stephen Rowell, Warsaw-Lublin: Tadeusz Manteuffel Institute of History, Polish Academy of Science, 2018 [Gábor Klaniczay, Letizia Pellegrini, Filippo Sedda, and Ludovic Viallet, eds., Corpus epistolarum Ioannis de Capistrano / Correspondence of John of Capistrano, vol. 1].

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