Annual Bulletin of Historical Literature

Published on behalf of the Historical Association, the Annual Bulletin of Historical Literature (ABHL) is a unique publication, providing a selective and critical analysis of new historical books, journals and journal articles. Epoch by epoch and area by area, ABHL provides an indispensable guide to recent work by established and emerging scholars from around the world.

This indispensable research tool is now an online resource.

For the first time, the wealth of information published in the journal each year is available in database form, making it possible for researchers and students to find exactly what they need - quickly and easily. Sophisticated searching and browsing facilities provide a range of options and parameters for locating specific publications, or particular themes within the journal. In addition, wherever you see a hyperlinked book in ABHLO you can click on the title to get the full review of the book publishing in History.

Reviews, all written by acknowledged experts and extensively cross-referenced, place new works in the context of ongoing and emerging debates. Each review features the price and publisher of the work and a discussion of its most salient features. ABHL is an essential course preparation resource for university and college lecturers and sixth-form teachers. It is also an invaluable research aid for librarians building collections, university students and all historians engaged in research. The ABHL is now published in print as the fifth issue of History.

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Volume 96 (1)

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vol. 96 (1): 1-1
Three Hundred Years of a Lincolnshire Archive: The Spalding Gentlemen's Society
Michael Honeybone, vol. 96 (1): 2-7
Reception without the Theory: On the Study of Religion in Early Modern England
Oliver Wort, vol. 96 (1): 8-15
‘Faddish Theories’ and Historical Practice
Beverley Southgate, vol. 96 (1): 16-21
Review of Robert Thurston, Lynching: American Mob Murder in Global Perspective
Theresa Runstedtler, vol. 96 (1): 22-25
The Oxford Handbook of the History of Medicine. Edited by Mark Jackson . Oxford University Press. 2011. xviii + 672pp. £95.00.
Alannah Tomkins, vol. 96 (1): 26-27
A New Catalogue of Arabic Manuscripts in the Bodleian Library, University of Oxford, i: Medicine. By Emilie Savage-Smith. Oxford University Press. 2011. xxvi + 896pp. £150.00.
Debby Banham, vol. 96 (1): 27-28
Bodies, Sex and Desire from the Renaissance to the Present. Edited by Kate Fisher and Sarah Toulalan . Palgrave Macmillan. 2011. x + 274pp. £55.00.
Harry Cocks, vol. 96 (1): 28-30
Surnames, DNA, and Family History. By George Redmonds, Turi King and David Hey. Oxford University Press. 2011. 256pp. £20.00.
K. D. M. Snell, vol. 96 (1): 30-31
Exploring Cultural History: Essays in Honour of Peter Burke. Edited by Melissa Calaresu , Filippo de Vivo and Joan-Pau Rubiés . Ashgate. 2010. xvi + 376pp. £70.00.
Shane McCorristine, vol. 96 (1): 31-32
Understanding Medieval Primary Sources: Using Historical Sources to Discover Medieval Europe. Edited by Joel T. Rosenthal . Routledge. 2012. x + 262pp. £21.99.
Leonie Hicks, vol. 96 (1): 33-34
English Law Before Magna Carta: Felix Liebermann and ‘Die Gesetze der Angelsachsen’. Edited by Stefan Jurasinski , Lisi Oliver and Andrew Rabin . Brill. 2010. xv + 329pp. €121.00/$168.00.
Nicholas Vincent, vol. 96 (1): 34-35
Medieval Anglesey. By Antony Carr. Second edition. Anglesey Antiquarian Society and Field Club. 2011. xvii + 317pp. £19.95.
Matthew Frank Stevens, vol. 96 (1): 35-36
Normandy and its Neighbours 900–1250: Essays for David Bates. Edited by David Crouch and Kathleen Thompson . Brepols. 2011. xxiv + 310pp. €80.00.
G. A. Loud, vol. 96 (1): 36-38
Pope Urban II's Council of Piacenza. By Robert Somerville. Oxford University Press. 2011. viii + 151pp. £55.00.
Kathleen G. Cushing, vol. 96 (1): 38-39
Heresy, Crusade and Inquisition in Medieval Quercy. By Claire Taylor. York University Press. 2011. xxvi + 277pp. £50.00.
Rebecca Rist, vol. 96 (1): 39-41
Domestic Settings: Sources on Domestic Architecture and Day-to-Day Activities in the Crusader States. By A. Boas. Brill. 2010. xxvii + 393pp. €140.00/$199.00.
Nicholas Morton, vol. 96 (1): 41-42
English Episcopal Acta 38: London 1229–1280. Edited by Philippa Hoskin . Oxford University Press for the British Academy. 2011. cxvi + 160pp. £60.00. English Episcopal Acta 39: London 1280–1303. Edited by Philippa Hoskin . Oxford University Press for
Nicholas Karn, vol. 96 (1): 42-44
Agrarian Change and Crisis in Europe, 1200–1500. Edited by Harry Kitsikopoulos . Routledge. 2012. xii + 364pp. £80.00.
Mark Bailey, vol. 96 (1): 44-45