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Archives for April 2010

Indicators of craft specialisation in medieval ceramics from north-west Russia

Indicators of craft specialisation in medieval ceramics from north-west Russia By Clive Orton The Archaeology of Medieval Novgorod in its Wider Context: A Study of Centre/Periphery Relations, edited by Mark Brisbane, Nikolaj Makarov and Evgenie Nosov (Oxbow Books, 2010) Introduction: In discussing craft specialisation, we are looking for evidence for the organisation of the production […]

Castle for Sale in Belgium

The castle of Veulen, located in Heers in the province of Limburg in Belgium, has recently been put up for sale. The castle dates back to the mid-fourteenth century, and has seen extensive rebuilding during the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. An eight-year restoration effort was completed in the spring of 2009, which has renewed the castle. […]

Death and remembrance: the Durham Liber Vitæ

Death and remembrance: the Durham Liber Vitæ By William Aird Cardiff Historical Papers, Vol.6 (2007) Introduction: In a late sixteenth-century description of the Rites and Customes of the monastic church of Durham before the Dissolution, there is the following passage: There did lye on the high altar an excellent fine booke verye richly covered with […]

Texts and contexts : women’s dedicated life from Caesarius to Benedict

Texts and contexts : women’s dedicated life from Caesarius to Benedict Rudge, Lindsay University of St Andrews, 21-Jun-2007 Abstract The history of western monasticism in the early middle ages has traditionally been viewed as a continuous process of development. Women religious have been excluded from this discourse, although early work which ‘rediscovered’ female communities has […]

Seville : between the Atlantic and the Mediterranean, 1248-1492 : pre-Columbus commercial routes from and to Seville

The following study attempts to show how the city of this river, Seville, became an important international port between the years 1248 and 1492, well before Spain’s Golden Age and the arrival of silver from the Americas.

Phenomenology of the past: Pain and illness in the 12th Century

A study of pain in the twelfth century reveals pain to have been embedded in culture. Pain had sense as a natural, social, and spiritual experience.

Ceramic and cultural change in the Hebrides AD 500-1300

Ceramic and cultural change in the Hebrides AD 500-1300 By Alan Lane Cardiff Studies in Archaeology, No.29 (2007) Introduction: The Hebrides have long been considered an important area for consideration of the nature of Celtic–Norse relationships. Historical sources, saga literature, place-names, burials and hoards have all been used to suggest a significant and long-lasting Scandinavian […]

British historiography on the Crusades and Military Orders: from Barker and Smail to contemporary historians

Medieval historians in Britain are, on the whole, not as insular in their outlook as they once were, but even now the task of persuading them of the significance of crusading in the political life and social fabric of the time does sometimes seem an uphill struggle.

Renaissance Florence on Five Florins a Day

Renaissance Florence on Five Florins a Day By Charles FitzRoy Thames & Hudson, 2010 ISBN: 978-0-500-25162-1 This fact-packed guide provides all the practical advice you need for a journey back in time to the golden age of Florence. Witty and informative, Renaissance Florence on Five Florins a Day will appeal to travellers, museum-goers and anyone […]

Rewriting history in the cult of St Cuthbert from the ninth to the twelfth centuries

Rewriting history in the cult of St Cuthbert from the ninth to the twelfth centuries Crumplin, Sally University of St Andrews, 2005 Abstract St Cuthbert’s literary cult was conceived in the late seventh and early eighth century with the production of three vitae, most importantly Bede’s prose Vita sancti Cuthberti. Over the ensuing centuries, the […]

The monastic patronage of King Henry II in England, 1154-1189

The monastic patronage of King Henry II in England, 1154-1189 Martinson, Amanda M. University of St Andrews, 26-Jun-2008 Abstract The subject of this study is Henry II’s monastic patronage in England 1154-1189. Past studies have examined aspects of Henry II’s patronage but an in-depth survey of Henry’s support of the religious houses throughout his realm […]

Looking East and West : the reception and dissemination of the Topographia Hibernica and the Itinerarium ad partes Orientales in England [1185-c.1500]

Looking East and West : the reception and dissemination of the Topographia Hibernica and the Itinerarium ad partes Orientales in England [1185-c.1500] David, Sumithra J. University of St Andrews, 25-Jun-2009 Abstract In this study the manuscript transmission, dissemination and reception of Gerald of Wales’ Topographia Hibernica (TH) and William of Rubruck’s Itinerarium ad partes Orientales […]

Hagiography and the cult of saints in the diocese of Liège, c. 700-980

Hagiography and the cult of saints in the diocese of Liège, c. 700-980 Zimmern, Matthew University of St Andrews, 2007 Abstract This thesis takes the hagiographical texts written in the diocese of Liège between approximately 700 and 980 and examines them in their political, social and cultural context. It analyses the texts by paying particular […]

The Water Supply of Byzantine Constantinople

The Water Supply of Byzantine Constantinople By James Crow, Jonathan Bardill and Richard Bayliss Journal of Roman Studies Monographs, No.11 (2008) ISBN 978 0 907764 36 6 One of the greatest achievements of Roman hydraulic engineering, the water supply of Constantinople included the longest known aqueduct channels from the ancient world and the most complex […]

Grasping schemer or hostage to fortune: the life and career of Stigand, last Anglo-Saxon Archbishop of Canterbury

Stigand occupied a place in or near power for at least fifty years and yet has only been studied very peripherally and in reference to others.

Earl Rognvaldr Kali: crisis and development in twelfth-century Orkney

Earl Rognvaldr Kali: crisis and development in twelfth-century Orkney By Joshua Prescott M.Phil Thesis, University of St Andrews, 2009 Abstract: In this thesis I argue that Earl Rögnvaldr Kali, lacking a patrilinial claim to the earldom of Orkney, used the cult of St Magnús, his maternal uncle, to create a new religiously based legitimacy for […]

An Anthology of Ismaili Literature – A Shi’i Vision of Islam

An Anthology of Ismaili Literature – A Shi’i Vision of Islam Edited by Hermann Landolt, Samira Sheikh and Kutub Kassam London, I.B.Tauris Publishers, 2010 ISBN: 9781845117948 One of the richest and most rewarding, yet at the same time least familiar, traditions of Muslim literature is that of the Shi’i Imami Ismailis. Although many great literary […]

Patrons and painters on Cyprus : the frescoes in the Royal Chapel at Pyrga

Patrons and painters on Cyprus : the frescoes in the Royal Chapel at Pyrga By Jens T. Wollesen Toronto: Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies. 2010 ISBN: 978–0–88844–169–0 The fresco decoration of the Royal Chapel in Pyrga on Cyprus is usually dated 1421. The coat of arms featuring the Cross of Jerusalem and the lion rampant […]

‘Dyvers kyndes of religion in sondry partes of the Ilande’: the geography of pastoral care in thirteenth-century England

‘Dyvers kyndes of religion in sondry partes of the Ilande’: the geography of pastoral care in thirteenth-century England By William Hopkins Campbell PhD Dissertation, University of St Andrews, 2007 Abstract: The Church was not the only progenitor and disseminator of ideas in medieval England, but it was the most pervasive. Relations between the ecclesiastical and […]

Conrad III and the Second Crusade in the Byzantine Empire and Anatolia, 1147

Conrad III and the Second Crusade in the Byzantine Empire and Anatolia, 1147 By Jason T. Roche PhD Dissertation, University of St Andrews, 2008 Abstract: This thesis aims to revise the established history of the passage of the Second Crusade through the Byzantine Empire and Anatolia in 1147. In particular, it seeks to readdress the […]

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