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New Book: Practical Horsemanship in Medieval Arthurian Romance

practicalhorsemanshipThe figure of a knight on horseback is the emblem of medieval chivalry. Much has been written on the ideology and practicalities of knighthood as portrayed in medieval romance, especially Arthurian romance, and it is surprising that so little attention was hitherto granted to the knight’s closest companion, the horse. This study examines the horse as a social indicator, as the knight’s animal alter ego in his spiritual peregrinations and earthly adventures, the ups and downs of chivalric adventure, as well as the relations between the lady and her palfrey in romance. Both medieval authors and their audiences knew more about the symbolism and practice of horsemanship than most readers do today. By providing the background to the descriptions of horses and horsemanship in Arthurian romance, this study deepens the readers’ appreciation of these texts. At the same time, critical reading of romance supplies information about the ideology and daily practice of horsemanship in the Middle Ages that is otherwise impossible to obtain from other sources, be it archaeology, chronicles or administrative documentation.

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Book roundup: Illuminated Charters

Illuminierte Urkunden. Beiträge aus Diplomatik, Kunstgeschichte und Digital Humanities/Illuminated Charters. Essays from Diplomatic, Art History and Digital Humanities

illuminated chartersEdited by: Gabriele Bartz und Markus Gneiß

2018, Ca. 520 S.
116 s/w- und 75 farb. Abb.
23.5 x 15.5 cm
Preis: ca. € 70.00 [D]  |   ca. € 70.00 [A]
978-3-412-51108-1

Illuminierte Urkunden sind lange Zeit als Stiefkinder der Forschung behandelt worden. Nicht zuletzt durch den Einsatz digitaler Hilfsmittel sind sie im vergangenen Jahrzehnt zunehmend in das Licht der Öffentlichkeit getreten. Das neu geweckte Forschungsinteresse konzentriert sich auf die veränderte Performativität von Urkunden durch den Zusatz von Schmuckelementen. Der reich bebilderte Band präsentiert Aufsätze von Forscherinnen und Forschern aus elf Ländern, die illuminierte Urkunden aus den unterschiedlichen Blickwinkeln ihrer Disziplinen untersuchen.

The book is an interdisciplinary work in diplomatics and art history, focusing on the form and function of illumination in historical documents, notably charters. The contributions in German and English are based on the conference papers delivered at the international conference on Illuminated Charters as part of the Illuminierte Urkunden project conducted at the University of Graz.

New Book: Cut in Alabaster: A Material of Sculpture and its European Traditions, 1330-1530

Cut in Alabaster: A Material of Sculpture and its European Traditions 1330-1530

By Kim Woods

ISBN 978-1-909400-26-9

Cut in Alabaster is the first comprehensive study of alabaster sculpture in Westernk.-wood-book-cover Europe during the late Middle Ages and Renaissance.

While marble is associated with Renaissance Italy, alabaster was the material commonly used elsewhere in Europe and has its own properties, traditions and meanings. It enjoyed particular popularity as a sculptural material during the two centuries 1330-1530, when alabaster sculpture was produced both for indigenous consumption and for export. Focussing especially on England, the Burgundian Netherlands and Spain,  three territories closely linked through trade routes, diplomacy and cultural exchange, this book explores and compares the material practice and visual culture of alabaster sculpture in late medieval Europe. Cut in Alabaster charts sculpture from quarry to contexts of use, exploring practitioners, markets and functions as well as issues of consumption, display and material meanings. It provides detailed examination of tombs, altarpieces and both elite and popular sculpture, ranging from high status bespoke commissions to small, low-cost carvings produced commercially for a more popular clientele.

Kim Woods is a senior lecturer in Art History at the Open University, and a specialist in northern European late Gothic sculpture. She combines an object-based approach with an interest in materials and cultural exchange. Her single-authored book, Imported Images (Donington, 2007), focussed on wood sculpture. Since then she has been working on alabaster. Her Open University distance learning materials include the Renaissance Art Reconsidered volumes (Yale, 2007) and Medieval to Renaissance (Tate publishing, 2012).

Publication – Rose-Marie Ferré, « L’iconographie du Livre du Cœur d’amour épris de René d’Anjou »

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Rose-Marie Ferré, L’iconographie du Livre du Cœur d’amour épris de René d’Anjou, Turnhout, Brepols, 2018 (Répertoire Iconographique de la Littérature du Moyen Age, 6).

145 p., 70 colour ill., 156 x 234 mm, 2018
ISBN: 978-2-503-58002-9

Prix: EUR 60, 00

Le cycle iconographique quasiment complet du Livre du Cœeur d’amour épris est ici envisagé de concert avec le texte, en révèlant ainsi toute sa richesse et sa singularité.

Ce volume est consacré à l’une des œuvres majeures de René d’Anjou conservée aujourd’hui dans le manuscrit français 24399 de la Bibliothèque nationale de France. En un songe allégorique qui est aussi quête chevaleresque, le Cœur personnifié veut rejoindre l’aimée. Les enluminures, par une mise en image efficace et dynamique du texte, rendent surtout la profonde mélancolie, en cette fin du Moyen Âge, d’un sentiment amoureux qui affronte de multiples épreuves.

Comme dans le Mortifiement de Vaine Plaisance, composé deux ans plus tôt et premier volet de ce diptyque littéraire, le cœur (organe supplicié pour le Mortifiement ou Chevalier dépité dans le roman de 1457) n’aura d’autre choix que le renoncement final et la douleur. À cet égard, animé d’un vrai souci spirituel, René d’Anjou fait édifier à la même époque, aux Cordeliers d’Angers, une chapelle dédiée à saint Bernardin de Sienne (1453), pensée comme tombeau pour son cœur. Les sujets évoqués dans le traité de théologie morale ou dans les péripéties sentimentales du chevalier Cœur ne sont pas ainsi sans rappeler les sujets exprimés et représentés dans le petit sanctuaire, échos d’une réflexion sur la Passion du Christ, la rédemption, la Vaine Gloire et le salut de l’âme.

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“Les modèles dans l’art du Moyen Âge (XIIe-XVe siècles)”, dir. L. Terrier Aliferis, D. Borlée

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Informations pratiques :

Les modèles dans l’art du Moyen Âge (XIIe-XVe siècles), dir. L. Terrier Aliferis, D. Borlée, Turnhout, Brepols, 2018 (Les Études du RILMA, 10). 284 p., 150 b/w ill. + 54 colour ill., 210 x 297 mm. ISBN: 978-2-503-57802-6. Prix : 90 euros.

Ce volume réunit, pour la première fois sur le sujet, un ensemble de contributions qui abordent les diverses problématiques liées à l’usage des modèles dans la création artistique à l’époque gothique. Les modalités de la circulation des hommes et des œuvres en Occident entre le XIIe et le XVe siècle sont examinées à travers cinq axes : les carnets de modèles, la nature des modèles servant à la transmission (dessins, moulages ou gravures) , la notion d’auctoritas, la sélection des modèles et les interactions entre les différentes techniques (orfèvrerie, sculpture et peinture). Les auteurs se fondent, dans des études de cas très concrètes, sur des exemples précis et variés touchant à différents domaines artistiques et, de la sorte, permettent au lecteur d’appréhender au plus près une telle pratique, souvent pressentie, mais qu’il reste malgré tout assez difficile de saisir au sein de la production artistique médiévale.

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New Book roundup: Boydell & Brewer, 2018

Boydell & Brewer have announced their new publications for 2018. You can see the full list here: https://boydellandbrewer.com/media/wysiwyg/Catalogues/Medieval_Studies_Catalogue_-_2018.pdf 

Here are four that were featured in the Boydell & Brewer: Medieval Herald 32.

Frisians and their North Sea Neighbours
Frisians and their North Sea Neighbour
Although Frisians neighboured Anglo-Saxons, Franks, Saxons and Danes in north-western Europe, the details of their lives, communities and culture have remained little-known. Why is this? Well, largely because Frisia and Frisian have meant different things to different people through time, and partly because Frisians had no tradition of writing until relatively late. We trust that this new collection, edited by John Hines and Nelleke IJssennagger, will help change that and broaden knowledge of and interest in the previously mysterious Frisians.
Church Monuments in South Wales, c.1200-1547, by Dr Rhianydd Biebrach
Church Monuments in South Wales, c.1200-1547, by Dr Rhianydd Biebrach
Despite the modest distances that separate them, monuments in south Wales can differ greatly from those in north Wales or the west of England. And although they can tell us much about religious and cultural practices of the time and place, they have until now been sadly understudied. Rhianydd Biebrach explains their special significance, reveals her two favourite monuments and how she undertook her extensive research (losing her dining table in the process). And why we should all (continue to) be grateful to Michael Praed.
The Saint and the Saga Hero- Hagiography and Early Icelandic Literature
The Saint and the Saga Hero: Hagiography and Early Icelandic Literature, by Dr Siân E. Grønlie
While they might not seem to be natural literary bedfellows, Siân E. Grønlie’s new book explains the profound impact that the medieval saint’s life had on the saga literature of Iceland. Predating sagas by several centuries, the Latin lives of saints could, in some ways, be said to provide a model for the (anti-)heroes of the later written sagas, though these protagonists had of course usually led largely un-saintly lives. Here Dr Grønlie provides a quick introduction to both genres and guides us through the results of their intermingling.
The Medieval Merlin Tradition in France and Italy
The Medieval Merlin Tradition in France and Italy: Prophecy, Paradox, and Translatio, by Dr Laura Chuhan Campbell
Dr Campbell uses the figure of Merlin to demonstrate how language and culture shaped different takes on the same character and story. And what an ideal focus he makes, for within him texts, languages, events real and fictional all converged. Crucially, the language barrier between France and Italy proved highly porous and the fluidity of cultural exchange brought new translations with new narrative possibilities. Dr Campbell explains the remarkable process.

New Books: ‘Il Maestro di Nola’ and ‘Medieval manuscripts: Ghent University Library’

Il Maestro di Nola. Un vertice impareggiabile del tardogotico a Napoli e in Campania, by EMANUELE ZAPPASOD

ISBN: 978-8874613465

Description:
En los últimos años se ha puesto de manifiesto, cada vez con más claridad, que el patrimonio artístico del sur de Italia puede compararse, por la calidad, importancia y carga poética, de igual a igual con las obras producidas por otros centros cuyo valor ha sido ponderado desde hace mucho tiempo por una larga tradición histórica.

La Galería Sarti siempre ha mantenido vivo el enfoque en el arte de esta tierra llena de creatividad, que en la época medieval y renacentista constituyó un animado cruce de diferentes culturas y el centro de una espesa circulación mediterránea que incluía Sicilia, Cerdeña, Liguria, pero también Francia y España. Una similar pluralidad de influencias que se mezclan con la tradición local ha fomentado el nacimiento de un lenguaje fascinante, rico de una abrumadora expresividad y, al mismo tiempo, de una elegancia refinada.

El libro -con el estudio específico de Emanuele Zappasodi y el de Virginia Caramico sobre el contexto artístico del Reino de Nápoles entre los siglos XIV y XV – presenta el redescubrimiento de una hermosa pintura, hasta ahora desconocida, del pintor conocido como Maestro di Nola, un raro artífice que, a juzgar por la alta calidad de sus obras, supuso realmente la cumbre incomparable del gótico tardío en Nápoles y Campania.

El volumen -destinado a ser en el futuro un valioso punto de referencia para futuros estudios- permite dibujar con mayor claridad la trayectoria del artista y arrojar nueva luz sobre algunos episodios importantes de la pintura a finales del gótico en Campania.

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Medieval manuscripts. Ghent University Library

Medieval manuscripts: Ghent University Library, by Albert Derolez
ISBN: 9789461613813 ISBN-13: 9789461613813

Description:

This is the first catalogue to provide metadata on all medieval manuscripts in the collection of Ghent University Library. The catalogue offers full descriptions of texts and provides codicological data for all handwritten books and archival documents on parchment or paper, including fragments, dating prior to c. 1530. Giving all the essential information in a nutshell and in a uniform way opens numerous ways to new research with these unique relics. Albert Derolez (1934) is Curator emeritus of Manuscripts and Early Printed Books at Ghent University Library. He taught for many years palaeography and codicology at the Free Universities of Brussels and at several American universities. President of the Comité International de Paléographie Latine 1995-2005. Editor-in-Chief of the series Corpus Catalogorum Belgii. The Medieval Booklists of the Southern Low Countries (1994-2016). Editor of the Liber Floridus of Lambert of Saint-Omer (1968), the Liber divinorum operum of Hildegard of Bingen (1996), and other medieval texts. Author of books on medieval libraries, codicology and palaeography.

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