Books to look out for in February 2019

Nevertheless, she persisted.

Read the histories of women that were exceptional for their time or defied the odds to succeed: from Lucy de Thweng to Anneliese Landau. The great feats of these talented women are just a fraction of what we have to offer at Boydell & Brewer this month. Explore the connection between children and Arthurian legend, the beautiful melodies of the baroque guitar, the Virgin Mary in all her many images and much, much more. What books are going to pique your fancy this month?

Until next time!

Malory’s Magic Book

King Arthur and the Child, 1862-1980

by Elly McCausland

From the time when the writer J.T. Knowles first adapted Thomas Malory’s Morte Darthur for a juvenile audience in 1862, there has been a strong connection between children and the Arthurian legend. Covering texts by J.T. Knowles, Sidney Lanier, Howard Pyle, T.H. White, Roger Lancelyn Green, Alice Hadfield, John Steinbeck and Susan Cooper, among others, this volume explores how books for children frequently become books about children, and consequently books about the contiguity and separation of the adult and the child.

Aristocratic Marriage, Adultery and Divorce in the Fourteenth Century

The Life of Lucy de Thweng (1279-1347)

by Bridget Wells-Furby

The life of “that notorious woman”, Lucy de Thweng, married as a child to her first husband but later divorced him, entered into an adulterous relationship with another man, forced into marriage to a second husband, and then, after a period of widowhood, married for the third time to a congenial partner of her own choice. This book uses the episodes of Lucy’s life to explore how far she was exceptional in her time and rank, and highlights aspects of personality and personal relationships which are not often recognized.

Austria Made in Hollywood

by Jacqueline Vansant

Austria Made in Hollywood considers over sixty Hollywood films set in an identifiable Austria, examining them through the lenses of the historical contexts on both sides of the Atlantic and the prism of the ever-changing domestic film industry. It explores explicit and implicit cultural commentaries on domestic and foreign issues inserted in the Austrian stories while considering the many, and sometimes conflicting forces that have shaped the films.

Anneliese Landau’s Life in Music

Nazi Germany to Émigré California

by Lily E. Hirsch

Nevertheless, she persisted. A detailed and moving account of the life of Anneliese Landau, who, in Nazi Germany and later in émigré California, fought against prejudice to do notable work in music. Anneliese Landau’s Life in Music, the first book to study Landau’s life in full, is also a unique story of survival: an account of one woman’s confrontation with other people’s expectations of her, as a woman and a Jew.

Italian Guitar Music of the Seventeenth Century

Battuto and Pizzicato

by Lex Eisenhardt

In the golden age of the baroque guitar, Italy gave rise to a unique solo repertoire, in which chord strumming and lute-like plucked (“pizzicato”) styles were mixed. Italian Guitar Music of the Seventeenth Century: Battuto and Pizzicato explores this little-known repertoire, providing a historical background and examining particular performance issues.

African Women in the Atlantic World

Property, Vulnerability & Mobility, 1660-1880

Edited by Mariana P. Candido and Adam Jones

While there have been studies of women’s roles in African societies and of Atlantic history, the role of women in West and West Central Africa during the period of the Atlantic slave trade and its abolition remains relatively unexamined. This book brings together the history of Africa, the Atlantic and gender before the 20th century; exploring trade, slavery and migration in the context of the Euro-African encounter.

The Sacred Space of the Virgin Mary in Medieval Hispanic Literature

from Gonzalo de Berceo to Ambrosio Montesino

by Lesley K. Twomey

This book takes a fresh look at some of the seemingly tired images of the Virgin Mary across the medieval and early Golden Age period in Hispanic literatures. It explores the Virgin as a gateway and as a Temple, as a garden and as a fountain, as a scented space, and as a strong defensive place (fortress or castle wall).

Drama in the Music of Franz Schubert

Edited by Joe Davies and James William Sobaskie

It is commonly assumed that Franz Schubert (1797-1828), best known for the lyricism of his songs, symphonies, and chamber music, lacked comparable talent for drama. Challenging this view, Drama in the Music of Franz Schubert provides a timely re-evaluation of Schubert’s operatic works, while demonstrating previously unsuspected locations of dramatic innovation in his vocal and instrumental music.

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