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A Fortress Built of Salt

The mountains and hills of Spain are covered in many little towns. They are more than picturesque; so charming that they’re almost saccharine. In some of these little towns, which used to be great town centers in the medieval past, there are towering reminders of their previous glory. In the town of Cardona in Catalonia, […]

‘Hag of the Castle:’ Women, Family, and Community in Later Medieval Ireland

In a letter written as part of his work for the Irish Department of the Ordnance Survey in 1840, Thomas O’Conor recorded his reaction to a “Sheela- na-gig” sculpture—the image of a naked woman shown exposing her genitalia (fig. 1)—that he saw on the old church at Kiltinane, Co. Tipperary.

Regnum et sacerdotium in Alsatian Romanesque Sculpture: Hohenstaufen Politics in the Aftermath of the Investiture Controversy (1130-1235)

Although no longer preserved today, a series of paintings in the St. Nicholas chapel of the Lateran palace in Rome incurred Frederick Barbarossa’s wrath because they presented his predecessor, King Lothar of Supplinburg (1025-1137), in a submissive position as the pope’s vassal

Construction and Conception Techniques of Residential Buildings and Urbanism in Medieval Europe around 1100 AD: The Example of Cluny, France

Everybody knows that the Burgundian abbey of Cluny was one of the intellectual and spiritual centres of Europe during the High Middle Ages. But also the surrounding little town is of scientific interest.

Ring-givers and Romans : the cultural roots of Anglo-Saxon church architecture

The stone churches of pre-Conquest England are markedly different from those of their continental contemporaries and Norman successors, yet generations of historians have viewed these differences as inferior attempts to replicate continental forms.

Eve and Her Daughters: Eve, Mary, the Virgin, and the Lintel Fragment at Autun

The lintel fragment of Eve from the Cathedral of St. Lazaire at Autun (Figure 1) has been praised by art historians as one of the greatest monumental figural works of the Romanesque period.

From Antiquity to Romanesque

From Antiquity to Romanesque By Peter Hubert Published Online Introduction: Many authorities on Romanesque architecture and sculpture have pointed out the heritage that the artisans drew upon that came down to them from antiquity. This article will contain an examination of that sculptural heritage, focusing particularly on the period of late antiquity. It will then […]

Excavation of an early church and a women’s cemetery at St Ronan’s medieval parish church, Iona

Excavation of an early church and a women’s cemetery at St Ronan’s medieval parish church, Iona O’Sullivan, Jerry et al. Proceedings of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland, Vol.124 (1994) Abstract St Ronan’s was the medieval parish church of lona. Excavation within the church recorded remains of an earlier building and graves of various dates, […]

San Isidoro exposed: the vicissitudes of research in Romanesque art

San Isidoro exposed: the vicissitudes of research in Romanesque art Williams, John (Henry Clay Frick Department of History of Art and Architecture, University of Pittsburgh) Journal of Medieval Iberian Studies, Vol. 3, No. 1, March (2011) Abstract Some forty years ago, by chance, the author’s campaign of recording through drawings the earliest parts of the church […]

From Raw Materials to a Compound and Back Again: A Look at One Element

From Raw Materials to a Compound and Back Again: A Look at One Element of Crusader Architecture Grabiner, Esther (The David Azrieli School of Architecture, Tel Aviv University) Assaph – Studies in Art History, Vol.6 (2001) Abstract During the 12th century new architectural elements and motifs appeared in the Near East and in Western Europe […]

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