Through a multidisciplinary collection of case studies, this book explores the effects of the digital age on medieval and early modern studies.

Divided into five parts, the book examines how people, medieval and modern, engage with medieval media and technology through an exploration of the theory underpinning audience interactions with historical materials in the past and the real-world engagement of a twenty-first century audience with medieval and early modern studies through the multimodal lens of a vast digital landscape. Each case study reveals the diversity of medieval media and technology and challenges readers to consider new types of literacy competencies as scholarly, rigorous methods of engaging in pre-modern investigations of materiality. Essays in the first section engage in the examination of medieval media, mediation, and technology from a theoretical framework, while the second section explores how digitization, smart technologies, digital mapping, and the internet have shaped medieval and early modern studies today.

The book will be of interest to students in undergraduate or graduate intermediate or advanced courses as well as scholars, in medieval studies, art history, architectural history, medieval history, literary history, and religious history.

chapter |10 pages


Media Technologies and the Digital Humanities

part I|35 pages

Text or Tool? - Beyond the Narrative

chapter 1|19 pages

From Audits to Confessionals

The Influence of Accounting Technology on Medieval Penitential Pedagogy

chapter 2|14 pages

As Nimble as the Pen of a Scribe

The Mediating Tongue in Aquinas's Commentary on the Psalms

part II|31 pages

Interpretive Technologies – Viewing Culture and Society

chapter 3|14 pages

Painted, Printed, and Digitized

The Commemorative Images for the British “Worthies”

chapter 4|15 pages

Maps, Views, and Chorographies

An Examination of the Depiction of Place and the Representation of Architecture in the Civitates Orbis Terrarum (1572)

part III|35 pages

Proximity – The Earthly and Divine Spheres

chapter 5|15 pages

Ars combinatoria

Deciphering the Earthly and the Divine in the Medieval World and Beyond

chapter 6|18 pages

“It's Like I'm Actually There!”

Jumbotrons, Liveness, and the Corpus Christi

part IV|27 pages

Teaching “Tools” and Accessibility

chapter 8|14 pages

The Virtual Renaissance

Adopting Virtual Reality to Transform How Art History is Taught

part V|11 pages

Digital Viewing and Reflections

chapter 9|9 pages


Relating Medieval Modes to Modern Multimodal Literacies in the Digital Humanities