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950th Anniversary of the Battle of Hastings - Cambridge Scholars Publishing 30 September 2016

This month, Cambridge Scholars Publishing are commemorating the 950th anniversary of the most famous battle to be fought on English soil: the Battle of Hastings. According to Jeremy Ashbee, Senior Properties Curator for English Heritage, “1066 is arguably the most important year in England’s history. The death of King Edward the Confessor 950 years ago unleashed a battle for the crown of England. 1066 was a year that saw four different claimants for one throne, brother fighting brother, and three battles, including a decisive one outside Hastings.”

Events have been taking place throughout 2016 on both sides of the Channel; to find out more about events taking place in the UK, click here, or to learn more about what’s on in Normandy, northern France, click here.

To mark the 950th anniversary of the Battle of Hastings, we are offering our readers a 50% discount on 3 of our best-selling titles on medieval history. To find out more about each title, click on the image.

This collection of articles is the result of an interdisciplinary Medieval Studies conference held at the University of Sheffield in 2009. Brutality and aggression were a stark reality of everyday life in the Middle Ages; from individual rebellions through family feuds to epic wars, a history of medieval warfare could easily be read as a history of medieval violence. Battle and Bloodshed: The Medieval World at War goes beyond such an analysis by illustrating just how pervasive the nature of war could be, influencing not only medieval historiography and chronicle tradition, but also other disciplines such as art, architecture, literature and law. The overarching and multi-faceted themes bring together both iconic aspects of medieval warfare such as armour and the Crusades, as well as taking in the richness of textual traditions and matters of crucial importance at the time—the justification for war and the means by which peace can be re-established.

Ecclesia et Violentia is an interdisciplinary anthology that explores the phenomenon of violence in relation to the medieval Church, as well as within the structures of that institution. The volume provides a clearer understanding of hostile and violent acts against both religious institutions and clergy, and explores the interpersonal aggression between clergymen or forms of violent behaviour of medieval clerics. It investigates, furthermore, the role of violence in maintaining discipline within religious communities, as well as religious, legal and cultural interpretations of the aforementioned issues. However, the central question the authors reconcile is how the phenomenon of violence interacted with the most important medieval institution, and official Church thinking regarding concepts such as power, rank, feudal loyalty and protection and ownership. Through the geographical diversity of the contributions and the variety of disciplinary perspectives, this book highlights how important violence was in the life of the clergy and how it formed an integral part of the legal culture and social bonds in many regions of medieval Europe.

The current renewed interest in Medieval culture, literature and society is evident in recent fictional works such as Game of Thrones or the cinematographic adaptions of Tolkien’s pseudo-medieval universe. From a more academic viewpoint, there are a number of excellent journals and book series devoted to scholarly analysis of English Medieval language and literature. While “traditional” Medieval scholars use several valid vehicles for communication, those researchers who favour more innovative or eclectic approaches are not often given the same opportunities. New Medievalisms is unique in that it offers such scholars a platform to showcase their academic prestige and the quality and originality of their investigations. This multidisciplinary collection of essays includes six chapters and nineteen articles in which twenty-one renowned scholars analyse a wide range of issues related to Medieval England, from the Beowulf saga to echoes of Medieval literature in contemporary fiction, translation or didactics. As a result, the book is both kaleidoscopic and daring, as well as rigorous and accurate.

To redeem your discount, please enter the promotional code HASTINGS16 during checkout. Please note that this is a time-limited offer that will expire on 1st November 2016.

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Book of the Month - October 2016 30 September 2016

Our October Book of the Month is Religious Faith and Teacher Knowledge in English Language Teaching by Bradley Baurain.

The field of TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) stands at an active crossroads – issues of language, culture, learning, identity, morality, and spirituality mix daily in classrooms around the world. What roles might teachers’ personal religious beliefs play in their professional activities and contexts? Until recently, such questions had been largely excluded from academic conversations in TESOL. Yet the qualitative research at the core of this book, framed and presented within a teacher knowledge paradigm, demonstrates that personal faith and professional identities and practices can, and do, interact and interrelate in ways that are both meaningful and problematic. This study’s Christian TESOL teacher participants, working overseas in Southeast Asia, perceived, explained, and interpreted a variety of such connections within their lived experience. As a result, the beliefs-practices nexus deserves to be further theorized, researched, and discussed. Religious beliefs and human spirituality, as foundational and enduring aspects of human thought and culture, and thus of teaching and learning, deserve a place at the TESOL table.

To find out more, please click here to read a sample extract and contents page. 

We are offering all of our readers a generous 60% discount on this best-selling title. To redeem your discount, please enter the promotional code BOMOCT16 during checkout. Please note that this is a time-limited offer that will expire on 1st November 2016.

Please see below for highlights of the praise this book has been receiving:

“Eloquently written and thought-provoking, this book is a must-read for those in the field, and for anyone wanting to explore the belief-practice connection as it relates to religion and English language teaching.”

—Theresa Catalano, University of Nebraska

“The role of teachers’ personal religious beliefs in English Language Teaching (ELT) is a “hot potato” issue within the international TESOL community. Baurain’s careful research, candid analysis, and nuanced findings are a welcome addition to the sparse but growing number of empirical studies in this field.”

—Elfrieda Lepp-Kaethler, Providence University College, Alberta

“The intersections among religious beliefs and teaching practices raise timely and difficult, yet too often obscured or hidden, questions that are deeply embedded within the work of teaching and learning. By making these issues, relationships, and questions more visible, Baurain’s research significantly enlarges readers’ understandings of language, teaching, and learning.”

—Margaret Macintyre Latta, University of British Columbia

“In an age when identity is central to so much of life and work, Baurain’s qualitative study offers thoughtful new perspectives on the integration of faith and learning in English language teaching. The first book-length study of which I am aware, it offers insight into the complexities of individual teachers’ experiences and realities, as well as highlighting the need for continuing dialogue and research on these issues.”

—Michael Lessard-Clouston, Biola University; Co-Editor, International Journal of Christianity and English Language Teaching

“Identity is an issue of longstanding importance in TESOL. Given that one’s personal religious beliefs are part of what makes up identity, teachers need to be aware of how these beliefs affect their professional activities. Baurain’s research, analysis, and discussion make a significant contribution to our growing understanding in this area.”

—Kitty Purgason, Biola University

“Baurain offers a careful and intriguing study of evangelical Christian ESOL teachers and their struggles with how they conceive the intersection between their faith and their teaching.  He shows that these teachers are committed to their evangelical mission yet circumspect in how or whether that mission should enter into their teaching. This is an important book for anyone interested in a nuanced understanding of the role for the religious and the secular in teaching.”

—Karl Hostetler, University of Nebraska

“In this groundbreaking work, Baurain explores the dynamic relationship between teachers' religious beliefs and their teaching, specifically, their teaching of English to speakers of other languages (TESOL). Baurain's work adds a much-needed perspective that refuses to be mired in the debate of whether or not teachers' religious beliefs should play a role in teachers' professional lives. Rather, this book helps us understand how religious beliefs inform and guide teachers. Baurain adds a fresh, informed perspective on TESOL teacher knowledge, beliefs, and identity.”

—Jenelle Reeves, University of Nebraska

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Featured Review: The Burning of Byron’s Memoirs 30 September 2016

At Cambridge Scholars, we are very proud that many of our authors and their publications are critically acclaimed by eminent scholars in their respective fields. We put our authors at the centre of everything we do, and this month we would like to take this opportunity to highlight a particularly noteworthy review.

This month, we are delighted to showcase the Year's Work in English Studies review of Peter Cochran’s title The Burning of Byron’s Memoirs: New and Unpublished Essays and Papers. The Year's Work in English Studies is the qualitative narrative bibliographical review of scholarly work on English language and literatures written in English. It is the largest and most comprehensive work of its kind and the oldest evaluative work of literary criticism.

"The Burning of Byron’s Memoirs is an invaluable collection of the late Peter Cochran’s essays and papers written over twenty years. An independent scholar, Cochran was a leading authority on Byron for decades, and many of these essays have not been published before or even heard in public. [...] The essay from which the book gets its title is a tour de force of documentation, detailing the way Byron’s Memoirs were destroyed days after his death was announced. Each essay in this collection benefits from Cochran’s interest in contemporary issues—from geopolitics to sexual politics. [...] The Burning of Byron’s Memoirs affords its readers an insight into the enormous importance of Cochran’s work to Byron studies over the years."

–Matthew Ward, The Year's Work in English Studies, 95: 1 (2016)

To find out more about The Burning of Byron’s Memoirs: New and Unpublished Essays and Papers, click here. To read the review in full, click here (p.713, requires subscription).

We are always very happy to hear from authors with reviews of their titles and have published an ever-increasing number of reviews on our website. Being well-reviewed is a strong selling point for any book, and at Cambridge Scholars we have a number of ways in which we can help authors and editors to this end.

In the first instance, following publication our dedicated Reviews Editor will contact individuals and publications from our wide-ranging list of contacts. We have up to 20 review copies to send directly to any interested scholars or publications as standard. We appreciate that our authors have specialist knowledge in their subject areas, and we always welcome suggestions of potential reviewers both during and after publication.

For more information on the post-publication process, please visit our dedicated Post-Publication page by clicking here or email

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Meet our Authors: Robert Ignatius Letellier – September 2016 14 September 2016

Robert Ignatius Letellier was educated in Grahamstown, Cambridge, Salzburg, Rome and Jerusalem. He is a member of Trinity College, Cambridge, the Meyerbeer Institute Schloss Thurnau, the Salzburg Centre for Research in the Early English Novel, the Maryvale Institute, and the Institute of Continuing Education at Madingley Hall at the University of Cambridge.

He has over 100 publications to his name, including books and articles on the late-seventeenth-, eighteenth- and early nineteenth-century novel, the Bible, and European culture. He has specialised in the Romantic opera, especially the work of Giacomo Meyerbeer, and has also written on Daniel-François-Esprit Auber, as well as Ludwig Minkus and the Romantic Ballet.

Robert is Cambridge Scholars’ most prolific author, having published the majority of his titles with us in the fields of literature, music and Scripture, sometimes in collaboration with other scholars, and always in the interests of expanding historical understanding and new interpretation. He explains why he has returned to publish so many of his works with Cambridge Scholars and describes how the publication process has been refined over the years.

My association with Cambridge Scholars began in 2003, at the very inception of this company. From the outset the hallmarks were openness and innovation. The company has distinguished itself by undertaking projects that others might have regarded with caution or even scepticism. The result was the ground-breaking publication of the complete libretti of the operatic master Giacomo Meyerbeer, which led in turn to a unique and unprecedented musical catalogue in Romantic opera and ballet.

Further books and scores emerged, covering a comprehensive survey of the composer's life and work: a guide to research, a reader, a discography, facsimiles of original manuscripts, sheet music of his sacred music, songs, cantatas and music for festive occasions. Work on Meyerbeer relates to other studies in opera: Daniel-François-Esprit Auber, with source books on the opéra-comique and the operetta. The books on ballet saw the first ever life and works of the neglected and now resurgent Ludwig Minkus, a comprehensive reproduction of his chief scores, as well as work on the French Romantic Ballet, Cesare Pugni, and Romualdo Marenco.

At a wider level, this openness to ideas has forged the way for the creation of a broad and exploratory back catalogue, covering a gamut of subjects across the board, with perspectives of a wide and original nature. The books which emerged from the beginning in both hard and soft covers were produced using the latest digital technology, with arresting cover design, and characterised by close consultation and cooperation with the authors.

Over the years, and with stimulating regularity, new, effective and attractive technology is being used to introduce striking presentation, especially in the sphere of illustration. Here, for example, new techniques are allowing for marvellous colour centrefolds—an aspect of production that is transforming the style, nature and potential of publishing. My recent work on Scripture has been given a fascinating new perspective through these centrefolds, providing a vibrant iconography that offers an alternative historical-pictorial dimension to the concepts of exegesis and hermeneutics.

Openness to ideas and innovation in production technique are the hallmarks of a dynamic company at the service of knowledge and education, and at the forefront of new publishing ideas. Cambridge Scholars is an agent in the spread of knowledge and the liberating enlightenment that can come with it—principally by encouraging scholars of every kind, offering them hope and potential, whether this is in rediscovery of the new in the old, or in pushing forward the limits of perception and understanding of the world around us.

As part of the Meet our Authors campaign, we are offering our readers a 50% discount on both volumes of Robert’s most recent project: The Bible as Revelatory Word: 1 Scripture as Oracular Text (The Prophetic and Wisdom Traditions) and The Bible as Revelatory Word: 2 Scripture as Providential Text (Late Old Testament Narrative). To redeem your discount, please enter the promotional code MOASEP16 during checkout. Please note that this is a time-limited offer that will expire on 17th October 2016.

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Meet our Authors: David Mathew – September 2016 14 September 2016

David Mathew is the author of Fragile Learning: The Influence of Anxiety (2015) and seven full-length works of fiction. He works at the University of Bedfordshire, UK, and as an independent researcher and occasional journalist.

He also publishes under the name Tom Lockington, and in either guise he enjoys travelling, music, literature and hiking. His research interests often circle around psychoanalysis, pathologies, education and systems of control. In addition, he edits the Journal of Pedagogic Development and teaches academic writing.

Under Cambridge Scholars Publishing, David has authored The Care Factory, a book that invites the reader to form an opinion on what care happens to be, and which Paul Meloy—author of The Night Clock and psychiatric nurse—describes as “a tour de force—readable, post-modern and knowing.”

David describes the experience of publishing The Care Factory with Cambridge Scholars:

I had ten books published – mostly fiction, under two different names, and with several different publishers – before I submitted my second academic book, The Care Factory, to Cambridge Scholars. When I was looking around for a suitable publisher, I was impressed by what I saw on the website, not least by the credentials of the members of the Editorial Advisory Board. The match felt right, and publishing is often a matter of instinct and intuition. I was not proved wrong. In fact, working with Cambridge Scholars on the publication of The Care Factory has been the most seamless publishing process of my career. The team is dedicated and extremely professional; what might otherwise, with a different publishing house, have taken a year to achieve, Cambridge Scholars achieved in a fraction of this time, but with care and dedication, and with no short cuts. Furthermore, I have been involved in every stage of the production and design processes. I was delighted to receive the image of my front cover because it was very close to what I had envisaged. Overall, I enjoyed the publication of The Care Factory almost as much as I enjoyed writing it!

As part of the Meet our Authors campaign, we are offering our readers a 50% discount on The Care Factory. To redeem your discount, please enter the promotional code MOASEP16 during checkout. Please note that this is a time-limited offer that will expire on 17th October 2016.

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