Several people have asked about the research I did for Miserere, so I thought I'd post a brief bibliography of books that I read while working on the novel.


I used three different translations of the Bible for the Psalms and prayers in Miserere. The majority of the Psalms were drawn from The Oxford Annotated Bible (New Revised Standard version). However, for research purposes, I also used The Holy Bible (Douay Rheims version).

Of all the translations, you can't beat the King James version for sheer poetry. The version of Psalm 23 that Lindsay recites during the walk through the Ierusal Barren came from The Holy Bible (King James version).


Charlesworth, James H. The Old Testament pseudepigrapha: apocalyptic literature & testaments. New York: Doubleday, 1983.

Charlesworth, James H. The Old Testament pseudepigrapha: expansions of the “Old Testament” and legends, wisdom and philosophical literature, prayers, psalms and odes, fragments of lost Judeo-Hellenistic works. New York: Doubleday, 1983.

Maggi, Armando. Satan’s rhetoric: a study of Renaissance demonology. Chicago, IL: The University of Chicago Press, 2001.

Pagels, Elaine. The origin of Satan. New York: Random House, 1995.

Russell, Jeffrey Burton. The Devil: perceptions of evil from antiquity to primitive Christianity. Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press, 1977.

Stewart, Charles. Demons and the Devil: moral imagination in modern Greek culture. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 1991.

Twelftree, Graham H. In the name of Jesus: exorcism among early Christians. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Academic, 2007.

Twelftree, Graham H. Jesus the miracle worker: a historical and theological study. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 1999.

Whiston, William, trans. The works of Josephus. Peabody, MA: Hendrickson Publishers, 1987.


Ehrman, Bart D. Lost Christianities: the battles for scripture and the faiths we never knew. New York: Oxford University Press, 2005.

Ehrman, Bart D. Lost scriptures: books that did not make it into the New Testament. New York: Oxford University Press, 2003.

Ehrman, Bart D. The New Testament and other early Christian writings: a reader. 2nd ed. New York: Oxford University Press, 2004.

Ferguson, Everett. Backgrounds of Early Christianity. 3rd ed. Grand Rapids, Mich.: William B. Eerdsmans Pub., 2003.

Pagels, Elaine. Beyond belief: the secret gospel of Thomas. New York: Random House, 2003.

Pagels, Elaine. The gnostic gospels by Elaine Pagels. New York: Vintage Books, 1989.


Barnstone, Willis and Meyer, Marvin. The Gnostic Bible. Boston, MA: Shambhala, 2003.

Collins, John J. The apocalyptic imagination: an introduction to Jewish apocalyptic literature. 2nd ed. Grand Rapids, MI: William B. Eerdmans, 1998.

Durling, Robert M., trans. The divine comedy of Dante Alighieri. New York: Oxford University Press, 1996-2011.

Gardiner, Eileen. Visions of Heaven and Hell before Dante. New York: Italica Press, 1989.

Milton, John. Paradise lost. New York: Oxford University Press, 2008.

Nuttall, A.D. The alternative trinity : gnostic heresy in Marlowe, Milton, and Blake. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2007.


Dundes, Alan. The vampire: a casebook. Madison, WI: The University of Wisconsin Press, 1998.

Perkowski, Jan L. The darkling: a treatise on Slavic vampirism. Columbus, OH: Slavica Publishers, 1989.