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The Cistercian abbey of St Mary Graces, East Smithfield, London Cover
Format: Hardback
Pages: 204
ISBN: 9781907586026
Pub Date: 15 Apr 2011
Series: MoLAS Monograph
Description:
The abbey of St Mary Graces in East Smithfield, London, was excavated in 1983-8 as part of the Royal Mint site. Founded in 1350 by Edward III and suppressed in 1539, it was the only new Cistercian house in the 14th century and the last founded in England before the Dissolution. It was also the only Cistercian abbey established in an urban setting and was built in the immediate aftermath of the Black Death of 1348-50 on the site of one of two emergency burial grounds created in London to cope with that epidemic.

AEtt Og Saga

Format: Paperback
Pages: 300
ISBN: 9789979548928
Pub Date: 31 Dec 2010
Imprint: University of Iceland Press
Description:
The Sturlunga Saga is a collection of secular contemporary literature of historical events in the 11th and 12th century. The Sturlunga Saga has mainly been used as a source in historical research. This book, however, emphasises the expression of secular contemporary stories as a whole as interactions regarding the events they portray without questioning the truthfulness of the storytelling.
The Development of Early Medieval and Later Poultry and Cheapside Cover
Format: Hardback
Pages: 368
ISBN: 9781901992953
Pub Date: 15 Nov 2010
Series: MoLAS Monograph
Description:
One of the largest excavations in the City of London at 1 Poultry recovered a remarkable archaeological sequence from the 1st to the 20th century AD. This volume presents the evidence for Late Saxon, medieval and post-medieval development of this part of the city. Poultry occupied a prominent position at the eastern end of Cheapside, the city's principal medieval market street; integrating documentary evidence with the archaeological record has provided an outstandingly detailed account of this area.
The Heritage of 'Maître Alpais' Cover
Format: Paperback
Pages: 62
ISBN: 9780861591824
Pub Date: 11 Nov 2010
Series: British Museum Research Publications
Illustrations: 60 col pls
Description:
Focusing on the differences and similarities between the renowned 'Alpais' Limoges ciborium, dated to c. 1200, in the Musée du Louvre, and examples in the British Museum, the National Museums of Scotland, together with two electrotype copies of the 'Alpais' ciborium in the Victoria and Albert Museum, this volume uses a cross-disciplinary approach, based on the differing specialisations of the authors (curators, scientists and conservators) to examine the group of ciboria. New and previously unpublished information, analyses and conclusions are presented that will serve to locate all the ciboria in their respective artistic and cultural context.
Gripla XX Cover
Format: Paperback
Pages: 280
ISBN: 9789979654063
Pub Date: 15 Sep 2010
Imprint: University of Iceland Press
Description:
The articles published in this volume are based on papers which were delivered at a conference in Iceland in 2007 entitled "Nordic Civilisation in the Medieval World". Twenty five participants from eight countries, representing a range of scholarly disciplines - history, archaeology, anthropology, literary studies, philosophy and runology - took part in the conference.
The Lantern Tower of Westminster Abbey 1060-2010 Cover
Format: Paperback
Pages: 112
ISBN: 9781842179796
Pub Date: 20 May 2010
Imprint: Oxbow Books
Illustrations: full colour illus throughout
Description:
Westminster Abbey is one of the most important and well-known medieval buildings in Europe but, despite being studied by generations of scholars, there is still much to learn about its history and architecture. The lantern over the centre of the church is a case in point. Edward the Confessor built a great tower here, which is depicted on the Bayeux Tapestry.
Signals of Belief in Early England Cover
Format: Paperback
Pages: 208
ISBN: 9781842173954
Pub Date: 28 Mar 2010
Imprint: Oxbow Books
Illustrations: 35 b/w illus
Description:
This volume will throw new light on the intellect of the earliest English - the way they thought, the way they viewed the world, and the way they viewed worlds other than this. Previous understanding of the topic, well rooted in the ideas of its time, regarded the English as adherents of two consecutive religions: Paganism governed the settlers of the 4th-6th century, but was superseded in the 7th-10th century by Christianity. Of the two, Christianity, a religion of the book, documented itself thoroughly, while in failing to do so Paganism laid itself open to centuries of abuse, conjecture or mindless admiration.
Westminster Abbey Chapter House Cover
Format: Hardback
Pages: 305
ISBN: 9780854312955
Pub Date: 15 Mar 2010
Illustrations: 255 illus (155 in colour)
Description:
This volume tells the complete story of the Westminster Abbey chapter house, which ranks as one of the spectacular achievements of European Gothic art and architecture; and that is precisely what its builder, King Henry III, intended. Begun in the mid-1240s, and completed within a decade, its pre-eminence was recognized in its own day, when the chronicler Matthew Paris described Westminster as having 'a chapter house beyond compare'. Papers by leading scholars in the field of medieval art and architecture reveal the reasons for the construction of the chapter house and trace the possible influences upon the master mason in charge of the project.
Viking Art Of War Cover
Format: Hardback
Pages: 256
ISBN: 9781932033601
Pub Date: 04 Jan 2010
Illustrations: 16 pages b/w photos
Description:
This groundbreaking, authoritative and best-selling study of the Vikings establishes the facts behind their rise to prominence, and cuts away the myths about their military and seafaring skills, reputation, and exploits. The author applies modern military thinking to the Viking art of war and examines their tactics, seamanship, mobility, strategy, and how they exploited victories and dealt with defeats. Learn how the Vikings established colonies in hostile territory and defeated a diverse array of enemies, including the Anglo-Saxons, the Franks, the Volga Bulgars, and the wild tribes of Ireland, in three centuries of military adventure.
Dorchester Abbey, Oxfordshire Cover
Format: Hardback
Pages: 256
ISBN: 9781842173886
Pub Date: 18 Nov 2009
Imprint: Oxbow Books
Illustrations: b/w & col illus
Description:
Dorchester-on-Thames and its abbey have been subjects of antiquarian interest for more than 450 years, and during that time much has been written about them. They are, however, still far from being comprehensively studied and recorded. Indeed, the most substantial architectural description of the medieval church was written as long ago as 1845, and a thoroughgoing reappraisal has long been overdue.
Form and Order in the Anglo-Saxon World, AD 400-1100 Cover
Format: Paperback
Pages: 128
ISBN: 9781905905133
Pub Date: 11 Nov 2009
Series: Anglo-Saxon Studies in Archaeology and History
Illustrations: 72 b/w illus
Description:
The aim of this volume is to explore Anglo-Saxon perceptions of form and order in their different manifestations, through two main strands texts of all kinds, and art, architecture and archaeology. Contributors come from many different specialisms, enabling wide-ranging discussion, as well contributions from other Insular cultures and a continental European perspective.
Wulfstan's Voyage Cover
Format: Hardback
Pages: 376
ISBN: 9788785180568
Pub Date: 21 Jun 2009
Series: Maritime Culture of the North
Description:
Wulfstan’s account covers a voyage from the root of Jutland to the Vistula Delta – connecting the trading centres of Hedeby and Truso – and provides a rare and vivid view of the south-eastern Baltic Sea region in the early Viking Age, including aspects of inland navigation and local culture. In this book, a panel of scholars presents the original source and debate its geographical, cultural, nautical and economic context in the light of recent investigations.
Love and Marriage in Renaissance Florence Cover
Format: Paperback
Pages: 128
ISBN: 9781903470916
Pub Date: 01 Feb 2009
Illustrations: 80 illustrations
Description:
Accompanying an exhibition at The Courtauld Gallery, this catalogue explores one of the most important and historically neglected art forms of Renaissance Florence: cassoni – pairs of chests that were lavishly decorated with precious metals and elaborate paintings and were often the most expensive of a whole suite of decorative objects commissioned to celebrate marriage alliances between powerful families.
Medieval Ivories and Works of Art Cover
Format: Paperback
Pages: 128
ISBN: 9781903470800
Pub Date: 01 Dec 2008
Illustrations: 80
Description:
The Thomson Collection contains examples of the highest quality of most types of medieval ivory carving, both secular and religious. These include large statuettes of the Virgin and Child intended to stand on altars in chapels, small versions for private use in the home, and folding tablets or diptychs with scenes from the life of Christ carved in relief.
Rethinking Celtic Art Cover
Format: Paperback
Pages: 224
ISBN: 9781842173183
Pub Date: 01 Oct 2008
Imprint: Oxbow Books
Illustrations: 86 b/w & 8p col illus
Description:
Early Celtic art' - typified by the iconic shields, swords, torcs and chariot gear we can see in places such as the British Museum - has been studied in isolation from the rest of the evidence from the Iron Age. This book reintegrates the art with the archaeology, placing the finds in the context of our latest ideas about Iron Age and Romano-British society. The contributions move beyond the traditional concerns with artistic styles and continental links, to consider the material nature of objects, their social effects and their role in practices such as exchange and burial.
Means of Exchange Cover
Format: Hardback
Pages: 378
ISBN: 9788779343085
Pub Date: 30 Sep 2008
Series: Kaupang Excavation Project Publication Series
Illustrations: colour photos & maps
Description:
This second volume on the excavations of the Norwegian Viking town Kaupang 2000-2003 presents find types used in economic transactions - coins, hacksilver, ingots, weights and balances. Changes in type and volume of economic transactions at Kaupang and in Scandinavia are discussed, and the economic mentality of Viking crafts- and tradesmen is explored. In the early ninth century, silver and goods seem to have come to Kaupang mainly from the Carolinigian world.