Lost Artefacts from Medieval England and France
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306 Pages

24 x 17 cm

19 b/w, 20 colour illus.

Series: Writing History in the Middle Ages

Imprint: York Medieval Press

Lost Artefacts from Medieval England and France

Representation, Reimagination, Recovery

Edited by Laura Cleaver and Kathryn Gerry

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Contemporary descriptions of objects no longer extant examined to reconstruct these lost treasures.
Surviving accounts of the material culture of medieval Europe - including buildings, boats, reliquaries, wall paintings, textiles, ivory mirror cases, book bindings and much more - present a tantalising glimpse of medieval life, hinting at the material richness of that era. However, students and scholars of the period will be all too familiar with the frustration of trying to piece together a picture of the past from a handful of fragments. The "material turn" has put art, architecture, and other artefacts at the forefront of historical and cultural studies, and the resulting spotlight on the material culture of the past has been illuminating for researchers in many fields. Nevertheless, the loss of so much of the physical remnants of the Middle Ages continues to thwart our understanding of the period, and much of the knowledge we often take for granted is based on a series of arbitrary survivals.

The twelve essays in this book draw on a wide array of sources and disciplines to explore how textual records, from the chronicles of John of Worcester and Matthew Paris and inventories of monastic treasuries and noble women to Beowulf and early English riddles, when combined with archaeological and art-historical evidence, can expand our awareness of artistic and cultural environments. Touching on a broad range of issues around how we imaginatively reconstruct the medieval past and a variety of objects, both precious and ephemeral, this volume will be of fundamental interest to medieval scholars, whatever their disciplinary field.

Contributors: Katherine Baker, Marian Bleeke, Deirdre Carter, Laura Cleaver, Judith Collard, Joshua Davies, Kathryn Gerry, Karl Kinsella, Katherine A. Rush, Katherine Weikert, Beth Whalley, Victoria Yuskaitis
List of Illustrations
List of Abbreviations
Introduction
Kathryn Gerry and Laura Cleaver
1 Hoard Fever: Objects Lost and Found, Beowulf and Questions of Belonging
Joshua Davies
2 Lost Craft: Tracing Ships in the Early Medieval Riddling Tradition
Beth Whalley
3 Typological Exegesis and Medieval Architecture in Honorius Augustodunensis's Gemma animae
Karl Kinsella
4 Lost Objects and Historical Consciousness: The Post-Conquest Inventories at Ely
Katherine Weikert
5 Fire! Accounts of Destruction and Survival at Canterbury and Bury St Edmunds in the Late Twelfth Century
Laura Cleaver
6 Reweaving the Material Past: Textual Restoration of Two Lost Textiles from St Albans
Kathryn Gerry
7 Matthew Paris, Metalwork and the Jewels of St Albans
Judith Collard
8 Illustrating the Material Past: A Pictorial Treasury in the Late-Medieval Manuscripts from St Albans Abbey
Deirdre Carter
9 Lost and Found: Gothic Ivories in Late Medieval French Household Records
Katherine A. Rush
10 Ivories in French Royal Inventories, 1325-1422: Precious Objects of the Gothic Age?
Marian Bleeke
11 Parisian Painters and their Missing Oeuvres: Evidence from the Archives
Katherine Baker
12 The Mythical Outcast Medieval Leper: Perceptions of Leper and Anchorite Squints
Victoria Yuskaitis
Bibliography
Index of Manuscripts
General Index

Laura Cleaver is Senior Lecturer in Manuscript Studies at the Institute of English Studies, School of Advanced Study, University of London. Her research focuses on manuscripts made in England and France in the twelfth and thirteenth centuries and on the sale of pre-modern manuscripts in the early twentieth century.

Kathryn Gerry centres her research on the cult of saints and monastic culture in Anglo-Norman England. She has published on medieval manuscripts and the so-called minor arts, curated exhibitions at the Walters Art Museum, Baltimore, and the Bowdoin College Museum of art, Brunswick, Maine, and has taught at several colleges and universities in the US; she is currently Visiting Assistant Professor of Art History at Bowdoin College.

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Title Details

306 Pages

2.4 x 1.7 cm

19 b/w, 20 colour illus.

Series: Writing History in the Middle Ages

Imprint: York Medieval Press