Book Series Tributes, vol. 10

Tributes to Richard K. Emmerson

Crossing Medieval Disciplines

Deirdre Carter, Elina Gertsman, Karlyn Griffith (eds)

  • Pages: vi + 320 p.
  • Size:210 x 275 mm
  • Illustrations:91 b/w, 60 col.
  • Language(s):English
  • Publication Year:2021

  • ISBN: 978-1-909400-99-3
  • Hardback
  • Available

Honoring the scholarship of Richard K. Emmerson, this collection interrogates the concept of interdisciplinarity through a set of essays that traverse the traditional boundaries of various fields in medieval studies.


Elina Gertsman is Professor of Art History at CWRU. She is the author and editor of several books, including The Dance of Death in the Middle Ages (2010) and Worlds Within (2015).
Karlyn Griffith is Associate Professor of Art History at Cal Poly, Pomona. She was the recipient of research grants from the American Philosophical Society and Bibliographical Society of the UK. Her work has been recently published in Viator and Pecia.
Deirdre Carter teaches art history at Indiana University—Purdue University Indianapolis. Her research has been supported by the Schallek Fellowship of the Medieval Academy of America and the Richard III Society, American Branch


This interdisciplinary collection celebrates the scholarship of Richard K. Emmerson, one of the most prominent medievalists of his generation. With contributions to the history of medieval literature, drama, theology, and art, this anthology not only showcases the fields with which Emmerson’s own work engaged, but also demonstrates the fruitfulness of the cross-disciplinary approach that has come to define these fields. Although the essays employ a broad range of source material—from devotional texts to royal chronicles and from architectural sculpture to illuminated manuscripts—the book focuses specifically on four distinct but related topics: word-image relationships, eschatology, identity, and moral argument. The contributions, written by Emmerson’s colleagues and former students, speak to the importance of interdisciplinarity and demonstrate the profound influence of Emmerson’s work on the rich field of medieval studies.


Elina Gertsman and Deirdre Carter — Introduction: A Laudarium

Publications by Richard K. Emmerson

Part I: Sites of Reception

Lawrence Nees — Antique and Faux-Antique in Carolingian Manuscripts

Paula Gerson — Early Painted Faade Sculpture: Research and Observations on Perception and Cognition

Jack Freiberg — The Imago Pietatis in Santa Croce in Gerusalemme, Pope Gregory the Great, and Spain

Part II: Imaging and Imagining the Text

Lucy Freeman Sandler — Visions of the Beginning and the End: The Hours of the Angels Added to the Psalter of Yolande of Soissons

Penn R. Szittya — Gods Palimpsest: The Encyclopedia Omne bonum as Sacred Book

Nigel J. Morgan — Word and Image in the Anglo-Norman Prose Apocalypse Fragment London, British Library, MS Add. 38842

Part III: Envisioning the End of Days

Jennifer M. Feltman — Tradition and Innovation in the Sculptural Cycle of the Life of John at Reims Cathedral

Karlyn Griffith — The Spectacle of Violence and Romance in Three English Metrical Apocalypses

David Bevington — The Tegernsee Play of Antichrist

Part IV: Locating Identity

David N. Klausner — Performance Indicators in Two Early Welsh Plays

Robert W. Hanning — Rituals of Identity, Strategies of Desire: How a Servant Becomes King for a Night in Decameron 3.2

Elaine Treharne — The Endurance of the Name, 700–1500

Thomas A. Goodmann — Everywhere & Nowhere: Finding the Friars

Part V: Spirituality and the Moral Argument

Beatrice Kitzinger — The Good, the Bad, and the Ivory: On Moral Distinction in Carolingian Crucifixions

Bernard McGinn — The Ordering of Love in the Twelfth Century

Ronald B. Herzman — Francis, Dante, Iacopone


Sarah Andyshak and Karlyn Griffith — In Place of an Epilogue: What Else Do We See?

Elina Gertsman — Afterword: This Is the End