New Books Network

Matthew D. O’Hara, “The History of the Future in Colonial Mexico” (Yale UP, 2018)
Latin America – especially colonial Latin America – is not particularly known for futurism.  For popular audiences, the region’s history likely evokes images of book burning, the Inquisition, and other symbols of orthodoxy and fatalism.  Specialists too tend to associate Latin America with a deep sense of historicism:  the weight... Read More
Tim Perry, “The Theology of Benedict XVI: A Protestant Appreciation” (Lexham Press, 2019)
Tim Perry is adjunct professor of theology at Saint Paul University in Ottawa and at Trinity School for Ministry in Ambridge, PA. As the author of a number of studies of the relationship between Catholic Christianity and evangelicalism, his most recent project has been to edit a volume of essays... Read More
Jane D. Hatter, “Composing Community in Late Medieval Music: Self-Reference, Pedagogy, and Practice” (Cambridge UP, 2019)
There are a handful of pieces from the Medieval and Renaissance periods that most music students learn about in their introductory history courses; among them are Guillaume Du Fay’s, Ave regina celorum III and Johannes Ockeghem’s Missa Prolationum. Some of these foundational compositions have been studied by musicologists for over... Read More
David D. Hall, “The Puritans: A Transatlantic History” (Princeton UP, 2019) 
This book is a sweeping transatlantic history of Puritanism from its emergence out of the religious tumult of Elizabethan England to its founding role in the story of America. Shedding critical new light on the diverse forms of Puritan belief and practice in England, Scotland, and New England, David D. Hall provides... Read More
Giuliana Chamedes, “A Twentieth-Century Crusade: The Vatican’s Battle to Remake Christian Europe” (Harvard UP, 2019)
Giuliana Chamedes‘ new book A Twentieth-Century Crusade: The Vatican’s Battle to Remake Christian Europe (Harvard University Press, 2019) explores how World War I galvanized the central government of the Catholic Church to craft its own variety of internationalism, which was intended to rival both liberal and communist internationalism. From 1918... Read More
Ian J. Vaillancourt, “The Multifaceted Saviour of Psalms 110 and 118” (Sheffield Phoenix Press, 2019)
How should we understand the appearances of the king in Book V of the Hebrew Psalter? Ever since Gerald H. Wilson’s landmark work, The Editing of the Hebrew Psalter (1985), some have interpreted the failure of the Davidic covenant in Psalm 89 as signaling its replacement by a hope in... Read More
Fran Altvater, “Sacramental Theology and the Decoration of Baptismal Fonts” (Cambridge Scholars, 2017)
Fran Altvater talks about the Medieval Pilgrimage, a practice that became central to Christian Europe in the early Middle Ages and evolved into the military pilgrimages of the Crusades in the 11th, 12th and 13th centuries. Altvater is a professor of art history at the University of Hartford. Her book, Sacramental... Read More