medieval-religion: Scholarly discussions of medieval religion and culture Yes -- without turning this into an off-topic series of observations, it is important to accept the fact that some publishers with less exalted reputations publish some gems, and that some much-worshipped publishers allow their glory to mask the fact that some of their products are clearly unworthy. Despite the codicologist in me (or because of it?), it's always a good thing to judge a work by its contents, not by its cover or its particular imprimatur.


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On 17 Oct 2007, at 17:19, Megan McLaughlin wrote:

I hold no brief for the Edwin Mellen press--but list members should be aware that they do occasionally publish quite good books--Anne Barstow's book on Married Priests and the Reforming Papacy, for example.  So don't just write everything off.  Best, Megan

At the risk of doing just that, I could add that I have always been perplexed by the business model of the Edwin Mellen Press. They go out of their way to say that the are *not* a Vanity Press, which only reinforces the point that everyone thinks that they are!  I suppose they survive by producing cheaply, and selling expensively to academic libraries. There is a suspicion that they publish books that no-one else will.

John Briggs
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