Alexander Murray is finishing a book to be called The Poetry of Despair: The Birth of a Poetic Genre, the ‘Disperata’ in Early Renaissance Italy. It is a by-product of his continuing work on the third volume of Suicide in the Middle Ages. He is an emeritus fellow of University College, Oxford.
In the LRB Archive:
- Saint Louis by Jacques Le Goff, translated by Gareth Evan Gollrad
- The Crisis of the 12th Century: Power, Lordship and the Origins of European Government by Thomas Bisson
- The Conversion of Europe: From Paganism to Christianity, 371-1386 AD by Richard Fletcher
The vanquished party, as likely as not innocent, was dragged half-dead to the gallows: Huizinga’s history of the Middle Ages · 19 March 1998
- The Autumn of the Middle Ages by John Huizinga, translated by Rodney Payton