Recent publications include:
Kate Cooper, Band of Angels: The Forgotten World of Early Christian Women (2013), which explores the rise of Christianity through the eyes of peasants, empresses, and independent businesswomen.
James Corke-Webster, ‘Mothers and Martyrdom: Familial Piety and the Model of the Maccabees in Eusebius’ Ecclesiastical History’ (2013), explores how the Christian historian Eusebius of Caesarea ‘borrowed’ the Jewish story of the Maccabees, a mother and her seven sons executed under the Seleucid Empire, to stress the importance of family unity in fourth-century Christianity.
Jamie Wood, The Politics of Identity in Visigothic Spain: Religion and Power in the Histories of Isidore of Seville (2013), argues that for Bishop Isidore of Seville (d. 636), writing about the past was a method for reconciling Visigothic kings, nobles and Spanish bishops in a period of political uncertainty.
Kate Cooper and Julia Hilner (co-editors) Religion, Dynasty, and Patronage in Early Christian Rome, 300-900 (2007), traces the central role played by networks of reciprocity linking aristocratic patrons, clerics and ascetics in the transformation of the city of Rome at the end of antiquity.