The Badia of Florence: Art and Observance in a Renaissance MonasteryNew in Medieval Books this week!
Town and Countryside in the Age of the Black Death: Essays in Honour of John Hatcher
M. Bailey (Editor), S. Rigby (Editor)
Brepols (distributed) (December 31, 2011)
Summary: The arrival of the Black Death in England, which killed around a half of the national population, marks the beginning of one of the most fascinating, controversial and important periods of English social and economic history. This collection of essays on English society and economy in the later Middle Ages provides a worthy tribute to the pioneering work of John Hatcher in this field. With contributions from many of the most eminent historians of the English economy in the later Middle Ages, the volume includes discussions of population, agriculture, the manor, village society, trade, and industry. The books chapters offer original reassessments of key topics such as the impact of the Black Death on population and its effects on agricultural productivity and estate management. A number of its studies open up new areas of research, including the demography of coastal communities and the role of fairs in the late medieval economy, whilst others explore the problems of evidence for mortality rates or for change within the village community. Bringing together broad surveys of change and local case studies based on detailed archival research, the books chapters offer an assessment of previous work in the field and suggest a number of new directions for scholarship in this area.
Woden’s Warriors: Warfare, Beliefs, Arms & Armour in Northern Europe during the 6-7th Cent
Anglo-Saxon Books; 1st edition (December 31, 2011)
Summary: This book explores some of the ideas and resources used by warriors in Anglo-Saxon England and Northern Europe during the 6th and 7th centuries. This was a time of great change following a period of migration. Warrior kings and their followers gave expression to their status and wealth through the creation of embellished war gear made with great craftsmanship and artistry. It was a time when traditional beliefs and power structures faced challenges from a centralised and powerful Church. In the turmoil of the time, traditional ideas about identity and belief were mingling with new Christian values. The aim of this book is to provide a glimpse of what it was like to be part of a warrior society. The author looks in detail at the weapons and armour used, and the attitudes and beliefs that inspired the warriors and shaped their societies.
The Archaeology of Medieval Europe, Vol. 2: Twelfth to Sixteenth Centuries
Martin Carver (Editor), Jan Klapste (Editor)
Aarhus University Press (December 31, 2011)
Summary:The two volumes of The Archaeology of Medieval Europe together comprise th first complete account of Medieval Archaeology across the continent. This ground-breaking set will enable readers to track the development of different cultures and regions over the 800 years that formed the Europe we have today. In addition to revealing the process of Europeanisation, within its shared intellectual and technical inheritance, the complete work provides an opportunity for demonstrating the differences that were inevitably present across the continent – from Iceland to Sicily and Portugal to Finland.