67Forthcoming from Oxbow BooksLaw and Authority in the Early Middle AgesBy Thomas FaulknerThe barbarian law codes, compiled between the sixth and eighth centuries, were copied remarkably frequently in the Carolingian ninth century. Yet it has proved extremely difficult to establish why they were copied, how they were read, and how their rich evidence should be used. Thomas Faulkner tackles these questions, proposing new understandings of the relationship between the making of law and royal power, and the reading of law and the maintenance of ethnic identities. 300p, (Cambridge University Press 2016) 9781107084919 Hb £64.99Western Perspectives on the MediterraneanCultural Transfer in Late Antiquity and the Early Middle Ages 400–800 ADEdited by I. N. Wood & Andreas FischerThe contributors to this volume focus on the perception and adaptation of knowledge and cultural elements in the West. Taking a variety of approaches, they shed light on the changing lines of communication between the Byzantine empire and other parts of the Mediterranean, on the one hand, and the Burgundian, Frankish and Anglo-Saxon realms and the Papacy on the other. 224p (Bloomsbury 2014, Pb 2016) 9781780930275 Hb £60.00, 9781474269209 Pb £24.99Making Early Medieval SocietiesConflict and Belonging in the Latin West 300–1200Edited by Conrad Leyser & Kate CooperThis book draws on classic and more recent anthropologists’ work to consider dispute settlement and conflict management during and after the end of the Roman Empire. Contributions range across the internecine rivalries of late Roman bishops, the marital disputes of warrior kings, and the tension between religious leaders and the unruly crowds in western Europe after the first millennium. 296p (Cambridge University Press 2016) 9781107138803 Hb £64.99The Cult of Relics in Early Medieval IrelandBy Niamh WycherleyThis book is the first to explore the historical roots of the cult of relics in early medieval Ireland, deepening our understanding of how the pagan Irish adapted to the new religion. It investigates how the Christian phenomenon of relic veneration developed from the earliest Irish sources up to the ninth century and evaluates the continuity between Irish practice and that on the continent. 230p (Brepols 2015) 9782503551845 Hb £70.00Crossing BoundariesInterdisciplinary Approaches to the Art, Material Culture, Language and Literature of the Early Medieval WorldEdited by Eric Cambridge & Jane HawkesIn this major collection of 27 papers, contributors t ra n s ce n d t ra d i t i o n a l disciplinary boundaries and offer new approaches. The main focus is on material culture, but also includes insights into the compositional techniques of Bede and the Beowulf-poet. Contributors offer fresh insights into some of the most iconic survivals from the period, from the wooden doors of Sta Sabina in Rome to the Ruthwell Cross, while new finds such as the runic-inscribed Saltfleetby spindle whorl and the sword pommel from Beckley, are also published here for the first time.