New College Visiting Assistant Professor of Medieval History Thomas McCarthy has Book Published

(June 1, 2009) – Thomas J. H. McCarthy, visiting assistant professor of medieval history at New College of Florida, has announced the release of  his new book Music, Scholasticism and Reform: Salian Germany, 1024-1125, published by Manchester University Press.
McCarthy, who began teaching at New College in 2008, trained in both history and musicology and is the author of numerous articles on eleventh century German intellectual history in journals including Medium Aevum, Revue Bénédictine, Revue d’Histoire des Textes, Mediaevistik and Scriptorium.
Manchester University Press provides this synopsis of Music, Scholasticism and Reform: “Whereas most musicological research is highly specialized, and frequently proceeds without regard to wider historical research, McCarthy’s book is the first to assess music from an historical perspective. Emphasizing the importance of monastic and church reforms, as well as that of ‘friendship networks’ between German monasteries, McCarthy shows how German scholars applied to music the same scholastic techniques they applied to the other arts. This book redresses the trend, prevalent in English-language historiography, of viewing intellectual developments in eleventh- and early twelfth-century Europe exclusively from the perspective of French sources.”
For more information on McCarthy’s book, visit or contact Aimee Chouinard, New College media relations coordinator, at (941) 487-4152 or

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