The Heroic Age Call for Papers

The Heroic Age accepts papers on any topic within the geographical (Northwestern Europe) and temporal (300-1200) boundaries of the journal at any time. Submissions should be sent to Larry J. Swain,

Below are plans for special, themed sections in upcoming issues. The call for Issue 12 has been extended.

The Heroic Age Issue 12: Early Medieval Languages and Linguistics (Spring 2008)

The Heroic Age invites submissions on any aspect of Late Antique or Early Medieval languages and linguistics. Topics may include (but are not limited to): place name studies; vocabulary borrowed from different languages (such as William Sayers exploration of the borrowing of nautical vocabulary from Norse in Issue 8 of The Heroic Age); growth of vernacular languages; the influence of Latin on vernacular; vernacular influence on Latin; runes; ogam; editions or translations of little known texts or inscriptions; the use or mis-use of Greek or Hebrew.

Submissions will be received at any time, no later than February 10, 2007. Submissions should be sent to Larry Swain,

The Heroic Age Issue 13: Early Medieval Manuscripts: Use and Abuse (July 2008)

The Heroic Age invites submissions exploring the use or abuse of Late Antique and Early Medieval manuscripts. Studies of individual manuscripts, or the influence of disparate manuscripts on a particular text, the peculiar travels of a manuscript(s), and other studies are encouraged and welcome.

Submissions will be received at any time, no later than April 1, 2008. Submissions should be sent to Larry Swain,

The Heroic Age, Issue 14: Law and Legal Culture in the Early Middle Ages

Guest Editor: Andrew Rabin, University of Louisville

The Heroic Age invites submissions for a special issue on law and legal culture in the early middle ages. We construe the subject of this issue broadly, and we are eager to receive submissions representing a variety of perspectives, methodologies, national or ethnic cultures, and disciplines. Possible topics include (but are not limited to): royal legislation, legal manuscripts, law in/and literature, legal procedure, charters and diplomatics, writs and wills, dispute resolution, theories of law and justice, canon law, editing medieval law, law and philosophy, perceptions of medieval law in later periods, law in/and art, international law, and intersections between medieval Asian and European legal traditions. We welcome traditional philological and historicist approaches, as well as those informed by modern critical theory.

Prospective contributors should feel free to contact Andrew Rabin ( if they have any questions.

Articles should be 7000 words including bibliography and endnotes, and conform to The Heroic Age‘s in-house style. Instructions may be found at All submissions will be reviewed by two readers according to a double-blind policy. All submissions should be sent to The deadline for submission is August 1st, 2008.

This issue will also include a second special section on Early Medieval Studies and Modern Theory, title to yet be determined. The section is being edited and compiled currently by Eileen Joy and will include papers from members of the BABEL project.

Future Plans: Issue 15: Ten Year Anniversary Issue: The World of Late Antique Britain

For our ten year anniversary The Heroic Age is revisiting its first issue in a way. Our first issue dealt with the Matter of Britain. Issue 15 will have three sections: One section is historical and would examine the world of Late Antique Britain, connections with the rest of the continent in Late Antiquity, and new views of the Adventus Saxonum. The second section will examine Arthur and Arthurian literature. The third section will include studies of “under studied” early medieval authors stressing the early period and stressing Irish and British authors.

The Heroic Age is an on-line, peer-reviewed academic journal hosted by the Memorial University of Newfoundland. It focuses on Northwestern Europe during the early medieval period (from the late 4th through 12th centuries). We seek to foster dialogue between all scholars of this period across ethnic and disciplinary boundaries, including-but not limited to-history, archeology, and literature pertaining to the period.


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