ROSS BALZARETTI has lectured in History at the University of Nottingham since 1990. His main early medieval research interests are in north Italian social and cultural history, especially that of Milan. Recent publications include articles on 'Men and sex in tenth-century Italy', 'Theodelinda, “most glorious queen”: gender and power in Lombard Italy', 'The politics of property in ninth-century Milan: familial motives and monastic strategies in the village of Inzago' and 'Sexual cultures in the early medieval west'. He has been on the editorial collective of Gender & History since 1993.
MARTHA BAYLESS is associate professor of English at the University of Oregon, specialising in humour and medieval cultural history. She has a B. A. from Bryn Mawr College and a Ph. D. in medieval Latin literature from the University of Cambridge. Her books include Parody in the Middle Ages: The Latin Tradition and Collectanea Pseudo-Bedae (edited with Michael Lapidge).
JOHN HALDON is professor of Byzantine History in the Centre for Byzantine, Ottoman and Modern Greek Studies, and head of the School of Historical Studies at the University of Birmingham. He studied at Birmingham, Athens, Oxford and Munich, and has written numerous books and articles on many aspects of late Roman and Byzantine social and institutional history. He is also interested in the comparative history of pre-modern states. He is editor of the journal Byzantine & Modern Greek Studies. His most recent books include Warfare, State and Society in Byzantium 565–1204 (1999), Byzantium: A History (2000), The Byzantine Wars (2001) and (with Leslie Brubaker) Byzantium in the Iconoclast Era (ca. 680–850): The Sources (2001). With Leslie Brubakerhe is currently completing a majorreassessment of the iconoclast period (Byzantium in the Iconoclast Era (ca. 680–850):