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Vol. 1 (Dec. 2009) 3,500 yen 
Vol. 2 (Dec. 2010) 3,500 yen

Articles may be submitted by any Society member on any medieval European topic.

Medieval European Studies no.4(2012)


Angels in the Middle Ages

  • 〈Opening Remarks〉Introduction. Shunichi IKEGAMI
  • 〈Articles:〉 Towards the Ontology of Angels. Ryosuke INAGAKI
  • 〈Articles:〉 Visitation of Angels in the Middle Ages. Shunichi IKEGAMI
  • 〈Articles:〉 Physicality of Angels: The Cult of Angels and their Images in Medieval Art. Momo KANAZAWA
  • 〈Articles:〉 Interface of the Heaven and the Earth: An Interdisciplinary Survey on the Angel Musician. Naruo YAMAMOTO
  • 〈Articles:〉 The Transformation of the “Angelic Lady” in Medieval Italian Literature: From Sicilian School and Dolce Stil Novo towards Betrice. Mariko MURAMATSU
  • 〈Articles:〉 The Image of Angels and Renaissance Neo-Platonism: Alchemical and Gnostic interpretation in Leonardo’s art. Hidehiro IKEGAMI


  •  A Hidden Real Mother: Social Concern that is projected to Rappresentazione di Moisè e Faraone re d’Egitto. Hiroaki SUGIYAMA
  •  Erasmus as a Successor to the Middle Ages: A Focus on the Debates in the 1520s. Yuichi KAWANO


  • Plague in the European Middle Ages. Lester K. LITTLE
  • Lecture “Plague in the European Middle Ages”(Lester K. LITTLE). Naruo YAMAMOTO, Rina GOTO

Brief Notices


  • The Middle Ages and the Renaissance: Continuities and Discontinuities. Hiroaki ITO
  • The JSMES Seminar for Young Researchers 2011. Yuichi AKAE

Medieval European Studies no.3(2011)


Reading Images in the Middle Ages

  • 〈Opening Remarks〉Reading Images in the Middle Ages. Takami MATSUDA
  • 〈Articles:〉 Text and the Generation of Imagery in the Beatus Commentaries –“Silence n Heaven” and “Seven Angels with Trumpets” (Apoc.8: 1-5). Fujino
  • 〈Articles:〉 Metamorphosis of the Santiago Matamoros. Chiharu FUKUI
  • 〈Articles:〉 Reconsideration on the “Temple Curtain” in Hortus Deliciarum: Reading Visibility / Invisibility of Image. Motokazu KIMATA
  • 〈Articles:〉 Adorned Virtues. –Imagination and Habitus in the Didactic Literature of German Middle Ages. Yoshiki KODA
  • 〈Articles:〉 Unwritten Text — A Study of Blank Speech Scrolls in The Tapestry of the Apocalypse at Angers. Ayumi YOKOYAMA
  • 〈Articles:〉 Beholding Text for Devotion: Functions of Image in BL MS Additional 37049. Takami MATSUDA


  •  Research on the First Christian Monuments of Marseille and Their Liturgical Apparatus. Yumi NARASAWA
  •  Saint Thomas Aquinas and the Nun: — Some Thoughts on the Veneration of the Saint Seen through a Fourteenth-Century Parisian Manuscript Illumination. Mitsue KUROIWA
  •  The Relationship between Time and the Soul in the 14th Century. –Ockham and Buridan. Nobuhiro TSUJIUCHI

Brief Notices


  • Europe and Islam: Translation of Culture. Yoshihisa YAMAMOTO
  • An Account of the JSMES Seminar for Young Researchers 2010. Naruo YAMAMOTO
  • JSMES’s liaison with MAP, 2011. Keizou ASAJI

Medieval European Studies no.2(2010)


Symposium “Media and Society in Medieval Europe”

  • Opening Remarks by Symposium Organizer:
    Media and Inmedia in Medieval Communication. Shunji OHGURO

Invited Talks:

  • The Concept of Sign in the Novum opus dominicale of John Waldeby OESA. Yuichi AKAE
  • The Holy Face as a Medium: Veronicas in the Thirteenth-Century ENglish Manuscripts. Motokazu KIMATA
  • Processions and Civic Religion in the Late Medieval Southern Low Countries. Hideki AOTANI
  • I who wear Blue –Self-expression in the Costume of Christine de Pizan.
    Aki ITO
  • Passion Play versus Corpus Christi Play: A Report of Expressions and Receptions of the Passion Jesu Christi. Yumi DOHI


  • The Three Windows of the Minnegrotte. Mamiko ICHIJOH
    The Royal Governance in Biterrois under Louis IX. Shinya MUKAI
  • Military Tactics and Strategies of the Italian condottieri in the 25th Century. Shunsuke SHIRAHATA
  • The Florentine Silk Industry and its International Markets around 1500. –A Research from the Documents of the «Battilori» Company of the Serristori family. Yoichiro KAMONO

Academic Trends

  • The Study Trend of the Medieval German City Seals and “the Representation of Cities”. Masayuki FURUKAWA


Medieval European Studies no.1 (2009)


  • Preface. Shoichi SATO

Symposium “Medieval European Studies in the 21th Century”

  • 〈Keynote Speech〉How was Concept of Middle Ages Invented? Koichi KABAYAMA

〈Invited Talks〉

  •  The Spirit of the Twelfth-Century Renaissance –For the Profound Reconsideration of the Twelfth-Century Renaissance. Takashi JINNO
  •  Holy Meidicine and the Late Medieval Spirituality –Henry of Lancaster’s Le Livre de Seyntz Medicines. Naoë KUKITA YOSHIKAWA
  •  Studies in Medieval Music –Its Past and Present. Teruhiko NASU
  •  Medieval Art History in the 21th Century. Midori TSUZUMI
  •  Theories of the Emotions in Medieval Philosophy Shiro YAMAUCHI


  •  Ecclesial Documents of Family Documents? –A “Genetic” Study of the Cathedral Archive of Urgell from the Ninth to the Eleventh Century. Takashi ADACHI
  •  Notated Music in the Codex Calixtinus –Polyphonic Notator and a Green Line. Makiko HIRAI
  •  Prayers and Vision in Early Flemish Paintings –An Essay on the Function of Images in the Late Medieval Christian Society Sumiko IMAI
  •  Reading Marks in the Books Owned by the Syon Nuns. Satoko TOKUNAGA
  •  The Recent Trend in the Study of Medieval Philosophy. Yoshihisa YAMAMOTO


  • An Account of JSMES’s Seminar for Young Researchers. Yoichi KAJIWARA
  • A Pair of Birds with the Fountain of Life: or How Our Logo Came into Life. Momoe Kanazawa