Medieval and Renaissance Texts and Studies

Founded and directed by Mario A. Di Cesare, Emeritus Distinguished Professor of English and Comparative Literature at SUNY Binghamton, MRTS was the publishing program of the Center for Medieval and Early Renaissance Studies (CEMERS) at Binghamton from 1978 to 1996. While in New York, the series produced over 150 hardcover volumes, spawned a paperback series called Pegasus, and housed the journals Exemplaria, Milton Quarterly, and General Linguistics. MRTS's mission was and continues to be simple yet twofold: to produce basic first-rate scholarship such as fundamental reference works and critical editions and translations of works not generally available; and to produce these works at prices individuals can afford.

In 1996, when Professor Di Cesare was nearing retirement, he divided what had become an immense enterprise into two parts, MRTS, which is the main series of hardcover books, and Pegasus Press, which embraces the paperback series, journals, and electronic publications. He then successfully negotiated new homes for both parts. MRTS came to the Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies (ACMRS) at Arizona State University in September 1996, and Pegasus moved first to the University of North Carolina, Asheville, and then into private hands eight years later. ACMRS continues to maintain the original goals for MRTS set down in 1978.

Publishing Staff

  • Director and General Editor: Ayanna Thompson
  • Manager of Design and Production: Todd Halvorsen
  • Managing Editor: Roy Rukkila

Editorial Board

  • Fabian Alfie, University of Arizona
  • Michael J. B. Allen, University of California, Los Angeles
  • Clare Carroll, Queens College and The Graduate Center, CUNY
  • Paul Freedman, Yale University
  • Henry Ansgar Kelly, University of California, Los Angeles
  • Norris J. Lacy, Pennsylvania State University
  • Constant J. Mews, Monash University
  • Felicitas Schmieder, FernUniversit├Ąt in Hagen
  • Robert Sturges, Arizona State University
  • Retha M. Warnicke, Arizona State University

Call for Book Proposals

Professor Ayanna Thompson, Director
Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies
Arizona State University
PO Box 874402
Tempe, AZ 85287-4402, USA

Subvention Rationale and Policy

From its inception, MRTS has maintained as its goal the production of high-quality scholarship in handsome and durable format. We have retained that goal at ACMRS and have done all we can to keep production costs for each volume to a minimum. We also have gained considerable support for this endeavor from the university itself. But we still rely on additional support from external organizations to ensure that the quality of our books remains high and that their price does not put these books out of the reach of individual students and scholars wishing to purchase them. Comparable books from publishers of comparable quality are frequently priced well out of the range of most individuals.

We ask MRTS authors, therefore, to aid us in securing subventions to help defray the costs of producing their work. That aid can come either through authors' applying for subventions themselves or through advising us of organizations we may apply to on their behalf. Authors may not offer a subvention from their personal funds; and books will not be rejected for lack of a subvention.