Heraldry, Pageantry and Social Display in Medieval England

Heraldry, Pageantry and Social Display in Medieval England

Edited by Peter Coss, Maurice Keen

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Overview

Overview

Discussion of display through a range of artefacts and in a variety of contexts: family and lineage, social distinction and aspiration, ceremony and social bonding, and the expression of power and authority.
Medieval culture was intensely visual. Although this has long been recognised by art historians and by enthusiasts for particular media, there has been little attempt to study social display as a subject in its own right. And yet, display takes us directly into the values, aspirations and, indeed, anxieties of past societies. In this illustrated volume a group of experts address a series of interrelated themes around the issue of display. Among the themes are family and lineage, social distinction and aspiration, ceremony and social bonding, and the expression of power and authority. The objects studied include monumental effigies, brasses, stained glass, rolls of arms, manuscripts, jewels, plate, seals and coins.
PETER COSS is Professor of Medieval History, Cardiff University. MAURICE KEEN is Emeritus Fellow of Balliol College, Oxford.

Contributors: MAURICE KEEN, DAVID CROUCH, PETER COSS, CAROLINE SHENTON, ADRIAN AILES, FRÉDÉRIQUE LACHAUD, MARIAN CAMPBELL, BRIAN AND MOIRA GITTOS, NIGEL SAUL, FIONN PILBROW, CAROLINE BARRON, JOHN WATTS.

Details

12 colour, 49 black and white, 4 line illustrations
296 pages
23.4x15.6 cm
Paperback, 9781843830368, October 2003
Hardback, 9780851158501, August 2002
Library eBook
Boydell Press
BIC HBTG, 1DBKE, 2AB, 3H, 4P
BISAC HIS037010, ART015000
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Table of Contents

Introduction - Maurice H Keen
The Historian, Lineage and Heraldry, 1050-1250 - David Crouch
Knighthood, Heraldry and Social Exclusion in Edwardian England - Peter Coss
Edward III and the Symbol of the Leopard - Caroline Shenton
Heraldry in Medieval England: Symbols of Politics and Propaganda - Adrian Ailes
Dress and Social Status in England before the Sumptuary Laws - Frédérique Lachaud
Medieval Founders' Relics: Royal and Episcopal Patronage at Oxford and Cambridge Colleges - Marian Campbell
Motivation and Choice: The Selection of Medieval Secular Effigies - Brian & Moira Gittos
Bold as Brass: Secular Display in English Medieval Brasses - Nigel Saul
The Knights of the Bath: Dubbing to Knighthood in Lancastrian and Yorkist England - Fionn Pilbrow
Chivalry, Pageantry and Merchant Culture in Medieval London - Caroline Barron
Looking for the State in Later Medieval England - John L Watts

Reviews

Here is a world once largely the property of antiquarians brought together once again, properly valued and appreciated, and reintegrated into our picture of medieval society. ENGLISH HISTORICAL REVIEW

A substantial volume that encompasses nmuch pertinent data and casts some new light upon the manifold facets of visual display. HISTORY

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