New Publication: ‘The Medieval Iberian Treasury in the Context of Cultural Interchange (Expanded Edition)’, edited by Therese Martin

The Medieval Iberian Treasury in the Context of Cultural Interchange—expanded beyond the special issue of Medieval Encounters from which it was drawn—centers on the magnificent treasury of San Isidoro de León to address wider questions about the meanings of cross-cultural luxury goods in royal-ecclesiastical settings during the central Middle Ages. Now fully open access and with an updated introduction to ongoing research, an additional chapter, composite bibliographies, and indices, this multidisciplinary volume opens fresh ways into the investigation of medieval objects and textiles through historical, art historical, and technical analyses. Carbon-14 dating, iconography, and social history are among the methods applied to material and textual evidence, together shining new light on the display of rulership in medieval Iberia.

Contributors are Ana Cabrera Lafuente, María Judith Feliciano, Julie A. Harris, Jitske Jasperse, Therese Martin, Pamela A. Patton, Ana Rodríguez, and Nancy L. Wicker.

Table of Contents

1. Beyond the Treasury of San Isidoro: a Tale of Two Projects, Therese Martin

 2. Caskets of Silver and Ivory from Diverse Parts of the World: Strategic Collecting for an Iberian Treasury, Therese Martin

 3. Narrating the Treasury: What Medieval Iberian Chronicles Choose to Recount about Luxury Objects, Ana Rodríguez

 4. Textiles from the Museum of San Isidoro (León): New Evidence for Re-Evaluating Their Chronology and Provenance, Ana Cabrera Lafuente

 5. Sovereign, Saint, and City: Honor and Reuse of Textiles in the Treasury of San Isidoro (Leon), María Judith Feliciano

 6. Between León and the Levant: the Infanta Sancha’s Altar as Material Evidence for Medieval History, Jitske Jasperse

 7. Demons and Diversity in León, Pamela A. Patton

 8. Jews, Real And Imagined, at San Isidoro De León and Beyond, Julie A. Harris

 9. The Scandinavian Container at San Isidoro, León, in the Context of Viking Art and Society, Nancy L. Wicker

Find out more here.


Published by Roisin Astell

Roisin Astell received a First Class Honours in History of Art at the University of York (2014), under the supervision of Dr Emanuele Lugli. After spending a year learning French in Paris, Roisin then completed an MSt. in Medieval Studies at the University of Oxford (2016), where she was supervised by Professor Gervase Rosser and Professor Martin Kauffmann. In 2017, Roisin was awarded a CHASE AHRC studentship as a doctoral candidate at the University of Kent’s Centre for Medieval and Early Modern Studies, under the supervision of Dr Emily Guerry.

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