Boydell & Brewer

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Boydell & Brewer
Founded1978;43 years ago (1978)
FounderRichard Barber & Derek Brewer
Country of originEngland
Headquarters location Suffolk
Distribution John Wiley & Sons (UK, EMEA and the Far East) [1]
self-distributed (US)
Scholarly Book Services (Canada) [2]
Nonfiction topicsAfrican Studies, German Literature, German Culture, Hispanic Studies, Medical Science, Medieval History, Medieval Literature, Music
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Boydell & Brewer is an academic press based in Woodbridge, Suffolk, England, that specializes in publishing historical and critical works. In addition to British and general history, the company publishes three series devoted to studies, editions, and translations of material related to the Arthurian legend. There are also series that publish studies in medieval German and French literature, Spanish theatre, early English texts, in other subjects. Depending on the subject, its books are assigned to one of several imprints in Woodbridge, Cambridge (UK), or Rochester, New York, location of its principal North American office. Imprints include Boydell & Brewer, D.S. Brewer, Camden House, the Hispanic series Tamesis Books ("Tamesis" is the Spanish version of the River Thames, which flows through London), the University of Rochester Press, James Currey, and York Medieval Press.

The company was co-founded by historians Richard Barber and Derek Brewer in 1978, merging the two companies Boydell Press and D.S. Brewer which they had respectively founded. [3] [4] [5] [6] [7] [8]

In addition to the company's four primary imprints and partners, Camden House, University of Rochester Press, James Currey, and Tamesis, Boydell & Brewer publish and distribute for the Victoria County History, the Royal Historical Society, the London Record Society and the Scottish Text Society as well as several other societies.


  1. "Change of Distribution (Outside North & South America)". Boydell and Brewer. Retrieved 2 December 2017.
  2. "Our Publishers". Scholarly Book Services Inc. Archived from the original on 3 December 2017. Retrieved 2 December 2017.
  3. "About Us". Boydell & Brewer. Retrieved 18 July 2018.
  4. "Professor Derek Brewer". Emmanuel College . University of Cambridge . Retrieved 18 July 2018.
  5. Cooper, Helen (17 November 2008). "Derek Brewer". The Guardian . Guardian News and Media Limited . Retrieved 18 July 2018.
  6. "Professor Derek Brewer: Scholar of medieval literature who led the field of Chaucer studies after the Second World War". The Independent . Independent News and Media Limited. 4 November 2008. Archived from the original on 9 December 2008. Retrieved 18 July 2018.
  7. "Professor Derek Brewer". The Daily Telegraph . 2 November 2008. Retrieved 18 July 2018.
  8. "Richard Barber". Good Reads . 13 April 2011. Retrieved 18 July 2018.

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