Monthly Archives: November 2016

Exhibition: Master Mateo in the Museo del Prado (29.11.16-26.03.17)

unnamedOn display in Rooms 51 and 51B in the Museo del Prado’s Villanueva Building is an exhibition on Master Mateo and his work for the cathedral in Santiago de Compostela, co-organised with the Real Academia Gallega de Bellas Artes, and the Fundación Catedral de Santiago. The exhibition brings together an exceptional group of fourteen works that were removed in the past from their original location (the west façade and choir) and are now housed in the cathedral museum and in different institutions and private collections.
Notable among them are the recently restored sculptures of David and Solomon, and a Statue-column of a male figure holding a cartouche that was found last October inside the cathedral’s south tower, a discovery that represents an enormous advance in our knowledge of Master Mateo’s activities in the cathedral of Santiago de Compostela. The exhibition also offers visitors the chance to access material that provides a context for the works on display through the tablets made available thanks to sponsorship by Samsung as a technological collaborator of the Museum.

CFP: Power of the Bishop III: Bishops as Diplomats 1000-1400 (Cardiff University, 1-2 June 2017)

picture1Power of the Bishop III: Bishops as Diplomats 1000-1400 (Cardiff University, 1-2 June 2017)

Deadline for Abstracts: 20 February 2017

This two-day conference will explore the importance of diplomacy in a bishop’s career. How bishops responded to situations was often crucial to building or destroying their reputations, and, sometimes, their very lives depended on their ability to exercise their diplomatic skills.



This conference aims to explore the common themes regarding the use and development of diplomacy in a bishop’s career; how and when was it deployed, and in what circumstances? What impact did the Gregorian Reforms and Investiture Crisis have on this aspect of a bishop’s skill-set?

Most importantly, how do we see diplomacy expressed? As well as through legal agreements and treaties, we would like to explore the role of diplomacy in other areas, including but not limited to:  the architecture of the Cathedrals and Bishop’s Palaces, the various uses of the landscape, the visual elements within manuscripts that bishops patronised, the types of gifts given and exchanged; the choice of special dates and feast days to mark particular events.

Abstracts of 200 words in length, in English, should be emailed to with the subject line “POB III ABSTRACT”. Register via


Lecture: ‘Lost in Transformation: Early Medieval Sculpture and National Narratives in Croatia’ (29th Nov 2016)

68314_407623029309611_840244416_nDr Magdalena Skoblar (British School at Rome) presenting on:

Lost in Transformation: Early Medieval Sculpture and National Narratives in Croatia’

The London Society for Medieval Studies is hosting a lecture on Tuesday evening, November 29th, at 7.00pm in the Wolfson Room (NB01), IHR Basement, Senate House (located on Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU)

All those who are interested in Medieval Studies are very welcome to attend the lecture.

Some good book offers from Brepols

On the occasion of Black Friday Brepols offersyou these 20 books for only € 20 each.

Place your order now as this offer is only valid from 25 to 27 November 2016 and only applicable for orders placed on the brepols webshop.


The Vatican Necropoles
Rome’s City of the Dead

  1. Liverani, G. Spinola, P. Zander

€ 95 > € 20


This is the first published summary of the entire complex of the great necropoles of Rome, which were situated on Vatican Hill.

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Interdisciplinary Reflections on the Medieval Sermon

Edited by G. Donavin, C. J. Nederman, R. Utz

Series:  Disputatio

€ 60 > € 20


This anthology of essays reveals how sermons impact upon a range of disciplines, and how the methodologies of different disciplines inform sermons.

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Elites and their Residences, 1500-1900

Edited by P. Janssens, J. Dunne

Series:  Studies in European Urban History (1100-1800)

€ 65 > € 20


Focussing on the most basic aspect of urban living, this collection is concerned with the study of the places and types of residence of urban elites.

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Les actes comme expression du pouvoir au Haut Moyen Age
Actes de la Table Ronde de Nancy

Edited by M.-J. Gasse-Grandjean, B.-M. Tock

Series: Atelier de recherche sur les textes médiévaux

€ 50 > € 20


Actes de la Table Ronde de Nancy, 26-27 novembre 1999

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Illuminating the Law
Illuminated Legal Manuscripts in Cambridge Collections

  1. L’Engle, R. Gibbs

Series: Studies in Medieval and Early Renaissance Art History

€ 96 > € 20


This catalogue offers introductory essays on the making and the use of medieval legal manuscripts in Cambridge collections, in order to call attention to the illuminated legal texts as splendidly decorated medieval manuscripts.

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Making and breaking the rules: succession in medieval Europe, c. 1000-c.1600
Etablir et abolir les normes: La succession dans l’Europe médiévale, vers 1000-vers 1600
Edited by F. Lachaud, M. Penman

Series: Histoires de famille. La parenté au Moyen Age

€ 55 > € 20


Proceedings of the colloquium held on 6-7-8 April 2006. Actes de la conférence tenue les 6, 7 et 8 avril 2006, Institute of Historical Research (University of London).

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Les élites au haut moyen âge
Crises et renouvellements
Edited by F. Bougard, L. Feller, R. Le Jan

Series: Haut Moyen Âge

€ 65 > € 20


L’ouvrage propose un objet d’étude fascinant et paradoxal à la fois, celui des crises et du renouvellement des élites au haut Moyen Âge.

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The Order of the Golden Tree
The Gift-giving Objectives of Duke Philip The Bold of Burgundy

C.M. Chattaway

Series: Burgundica

€ 70 > € 20


“Chattaway’s study is a profound one and solidly grounded in archival research, which is why it has earned a place in the prestigious Burgundica series”. (Bas Jongenelen in Sixteenth Century Journal, XXXIX/1, 2008, pp. 326-327)

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Saints, Scholars, and Politicians
Gender as a Tool in Medieval Studies
Edited by M. van Dijk, R. I.A. Nip

Series: Medieval Church Studies

€ 45 > € 20


The essays within this volume critique and evaluate the use of gender as a major analytical tool in medieval studies.

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Kleine Schriften zu den Konzilsakten des 7. Jahrhunderts
R. Riedinger

Series: Instrumenta Patristica et Mediaevalia

€ 78,10 > € 20


A collection of 22 articles by the author published in widely differing outlets in the period 1976-1996.

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The Ways of Jewish Martyrdom
S. Goldin

Series: Cursor Mundi

€ 85 > € 20


“Enlisting a wealth of sources, the author attempts to explain the valorization of martyrdom as a cultural norm in medieval Jewish communities of Germany, France and England.” (Susan L. Einbinder, in: The Medieval Review, 09.02.06)

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Liberté et progrès chez Origène

  1. Lekkas

Series: Monothéismes et Philosophie

€ 60 > € 20


Le travail de Georges Lekkas est unique, en ce qu’il construit une thèse qui suit parfaitement le rythme de l’élaboration origénienne et qui décrit l’évolution progressive du réseau argumentatif.

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La Salle aux Trésors

Chefs-d’œuvre de l’art Roman et Mosan
Edited by C. Dumortier

Series: Royal Museums for Art and History, Brussels / French version

€ 55 > € 20


La Salle aux Trésors du Musée du Cinquantenaire présente des œuvres médiévales comptant parmi les plus belles, les plus précieuses et les plus rares conservées aux Musées Royaux d’Art et d’Histoire.

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Livres et lectures de femmes en Europe entre moyen âge et renaissance
Edited by A.-M. Legaré

€ 120 > € 20


“Un ouvrage sérieux, érudit et varié (…).”

(Aladin. Le magazine des chineurs, N° 240, juin 2008)

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A Catalogue Raisonné of Scientific Instruments from the Louvain School, 1530-1600

  1. Van Cleempoel
    Series: De Diversis Artibus

€ 75 > € 20


This object-based study concentrates on scientific instruments made in Louvain between c. 1530 and c. 1600, a period in which the university fell from the peak of its importance into a state of decline.

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Les Principautés dans l’Occident Médiéval
A l’origine des régions
Edited by B. Demotz

€ 61 > € 20


Cet ouvrage présente un panorama des fondations et de l’évolution des principautés afin d’évaluer une réalité historique encore trop sous-estimée, mais il se veut aussi une réflexion sur un des sujets fondamentaux de l’histoire politique.

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Images de musiciens (1350-1500)

Typologies, figurations et pratiques sociales

  1. Clouzot

Series: Epitome musical

€ 80 > € 20


“La force du livre, luxurieusement illustré, de Martine Clouzot est de montrer que les enluminures des manuscrits médiévaux, loin d’être une fenêtre ouverte sur le monde des musiciens, recodent une réalité déjà codée.” (L’Histoire, n° 329, mars 2008)

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Le château, autour et alentours (XIVe – XVIe siècles)

Paysage, parc, jardin & domaine
Edited by J.-M. Cauchies, J. Guisset

€ 73 > € 20


Un château, c’est d’abord une bâtisse. Il y a un faisceau de composantes qui mériteront de capter, à travers textes, images et objets, l’oeil de l’historien, de l’historien de l’art et de l’archéologue.

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Logica Morelli
Edited from the manuscripts with an introduction, notes and indices

  1. Spruyt

Series: Studia Artistarum

€ 50 > € 20


This volume contains the first critical edition of a Spanish textbook on logic, found in the libraries of Sevilla and Zaragoza.

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Manichaeism and Early Christianity

Edited by L. Cirillo, A. Van Tongerloo

Series: Manichaean Studies

€ 75 > € 20

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British Museum Handling Session: Medieval Light

candlestock-bmOn 23rd November 2016 Lloyd de Beer and Naomi Speakman from the British Museum once again kindly allowed staff and students from The Courtauld to look at objects from the museum’s store rooms, focused on the theme of light.

We looked at a number of objects associated with the production of light, including a Byzantine brass lamp and polycandelon. This led to a long discussion about the kinds of shadows such objects would produce, and the use of olive oil for lamps across the Mediterranean. How would other objects on the altar be affected by the light from candles or lamps, we wondered, especially in relation to transparent reliquaries such as this late 13th- or early 14th-century example.

We then examined a number of candlesticks, including this bronze base for a candestick, probably made in 13th-century England; a Limoges pricket candlestick, of a kind found across medieval Europe; and a 15th-century silver candlestick, one of a set of altar implements from the church of Vera Cruz in Medina del Pomar (Spain). We wondered about the relative costs of olive oil vs wax, and the potential for collection and reuse of dripped wax.

We also discussed the custom of lighting candles around cult images, as implied by this 13th-century seal from York, and the story of St Blaise and the two wax candles, as shown in this 16th-century French seal. Finally, we spent a long time puzzling over the BM’s extraordinary candle-stock. This is one of a pair (the other is in Jesus College, Cambridge), but is otherwise a unique survival. It is made of wax and is tapered like a candle, but is richly decorated and completely hollow, so could never function like a candle. Instead it seems to have been a kind of disguised support for a candle, one that would give the impression that very large (and expensive) candles were being burnt.

We were accompanied in this handling session by Dr Mikkel Bille, an anthropologist from the University of Roskilde, who gave a lecture the previous evening as part of The Courtauld’s 2016 Frank Davies Lecture Series on Light and Darkness, organised by Tom Nickson and Stefania Gerevini. We were also joined by two artists from Lumen Studios. This was the latest in a series of workshops organised through the ‘Medieval Touch‘ research group.


New Publications: Relics, Identity, and Memory in Medieval Europe  Edited by M. Räsänen, G. Hartmann, E. J. Richards 


Relics, Identity, and Memory in Medieval Europe 

Edited by M. Räsänen, G. Hartmann, E. J. Richards 


This volume contributes to current discussions of the place of relics in devotional life, politics, and identity-formation, by illustrating both the power which relics were thought to emanate as well as the historical continuity in the significance assigned to that power. Relics had the power to ‘touch’ believers not only as material objects, but also through different media that made their presence tangible and valuable. Local variants in relic-veneration demonstrate how relics were exploited, often with great skill, in different religious and political contexts. The volume covers both a wide historical and geographical span, from Late Antiquity to the early modern period, and from northern, central, and southern Europe.

The book focuses on textual, iconographical, archaeological, and architectural sources. The contributors explore how an efficient manipulation of the liturgy, narrative texts, iconographic traditions, and architectural settings were used to construct the meaningfulness of relics and how linguistic style and precision were critically important in creating a context for veneration. The methodology adopted in the book combines studies of material culture and close reading of textual evidence in order to offer a new multidisciplinary purchase on the study of relic cults.

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