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New Book: Pleasure and Politics at the Court of France: The Artistic Patronage of Queen Marie of Brabant (1260-1321)

By Tracy Chapman Hamilton

328 p., 37 b/w ills, 140 col. ills, ISBN 978-1-905375-68-4

More Info: http://bit.ly/2ov6q0r

For her commissioning and performance of a French vernacular version of the Arabic tale of the Thousand and One Nights – recorded in one of the most vivid and sumptuous extant late thirteenth-century manuscripts – as well as for her numerous other commissions, Queen Marie of Brabant (1260-1321) was heralded as an intellectual and literary patron comparable to Alexander the Great and Charlemagne. Nevertheless, classic studies of the late medieval period understate Marie’s connection to the contemporary rise of secular interests at the French court.

Pleasure and Politics seeks to reshape that conversation by illustrating how the historical and material record reveals the queen’s essential contributions to the burgeoning court. This emerging importance of the secular and redefinition of the sacred during the last decades of Capetian rule becomes all the more striking when juxtaposed to the pious tone of the lengthy reign of Louis IX (1214-1270), which had ended just four years before Marie’s marriage to his son. That Marie often chose innovative materials and iconographies for these objects — ones that would later in the fourteenth century become the norm — signals her impact on late medieval patronage.

Pleasure and Politics examines Marie’s life beginning with her youth in Brabant, to her entry into Paris in 1274 accompanied by her retinue of courtiers, artists, objects, and ideas from the northern courts of Brabant, Flanders, and Artois. It continues with her elaborate coronation held for the first time in the Sainte-Chapelle the following year, her years as queen of France — often full of intrigue — and her long, productive widowhood, until her death and burial in 1321. With a focus on her Brabantine and Carolingian heritage joined to her status as French queen — often expressed through pioneering styles of heraldry — her commissions included ceremonies, marriage treaties, and intercessions, as well as a stunning collection of jewels, seals, manuscripts, reliquaries, sculpture, stained glass, and architecture that she gathered and built around her. This study also reveals Marie’s regular collaboration with family, friends, and artists, in particular that with the poet Adenet le Roi, women of the French court like Blanche of France (1252-1320), and relatives from the north like Robert of Artois (1250-1302). With this broader view, it also analyzes the dynamics of Marie’s patronage and its impact on contemporary and future women and men of the royal house.

Court, culture, politics, and gender — these are the themes that flow throughout Marie of Brabant’s life and tie together the material effects of a long, pleasure-filled existence enlivened by the politics of Europe on the cusp of a new age.

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).

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

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


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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Book roundup: New items in English, French, Dutch and Italian

Monstres-medievaux_couv_c-300x400DAMIEN KEMPF, MARIA KEMPF. Monstres médiévauxIntervalles, 2017, 95 p.
ISBN: 978-2369560616

Plus de 100 illustrations, dont de nombreuses inédites, tirées des fonds prodigieux de la British Library et du J. Paul Getty Museum.

Les monstres envahissent nos rêves : effrayants, laids, narquois ou sympathiques, ils peuplent notre inconscient. Même s’ils appartiennent à un monde différent, ils ne cessent de nous rendre visite, de se tenir à nos côtés.
L’engouement de plusieurs générations pour Star WarsHarry Potter ou pour toutes les épopées qui reviennent en force dans les romans, les films de science-fiction ou la bande dessinée témoigne que ces créatures qui ont donné lieu à des œuvres d’une richesse inouïe et d’une imagination débordante au Moyen Âge continuent à fasciner, à nourrir notre soif de fantastique.
Les manuscrits médiévaux regorgent d’enluminures prodigieuses où les artistes ont donné libre cours à leur créativité pour donner corps à ces êtres légendaires, dragons, hommes à tête de chiens, licornes, sirènes et autres démons. Ces œuvres nous apportent un éclairage précieux sur la société médiévale – sa conception de la nature et du monde, de la religion et des mœurs, et son imaginaire, dans lequel les monstres occupent un rôle de premier plan.
Il était grand temps de faire sortir de bibliothèques parfois inaccessibles au public toutes ces images de monstres qui ont fait partie intégrante de la culture médiévale, où se mêlaient crainte de Dieu, peur de l’enfer, mais aussi un goût pour le surnaturel et pour des mondes inconnus. Doit-on vraiment s’étonner que nombre d’entre eux nous paraissent étrangement familiers ?


foto01PIETER ROELOFS. Johan Maelwael, NAI Publishers, 2017, 126 p.
ISBN: 978-9462083790

Johan Maelwael (ca. 1370-1415) is de eerst bekende Nederlandse schilder. Ruim zeshonderd jaar geleden was hij een van de meest succesvolle kunstenaars in West-Europa. Maelwael groeide op in Nijmegen, de oudste stad van Nederland, gelegen in het hertogdom Gelre. Rond 1400 vierde hij zijn hoogtijdagen in Dijon, een belangrijk artistiek centrum in Europa. Als geliefd hofschilder en kamerdienaar van de machtige Bourgondische hertogen Filips de Stoute en Jan zonder Vrees bouwde hij daar aan een breed oeuvre. .

Deze publicatie beschrijft Maelwaels leven, zijn werk en zijn plaats in de geschiedenis en biedt hiermee een eerste introductie aan liefhebbers en nieuwe inzichten aan specialisten. De met Maelwael in verband gebrachte schilderijen worden getoond samen met een rijkdom aan laatmiddeleeuwse kunstschatten: schilderijen, rijkgedecoreerde handschriften, edelsmeedwerk en sculpturen van getalenteerde tijdgenoten onder wie zijn neven de gebroeders Van Limburg, Jean de Beaumetz, André Beauneveu, Henri Bellechose, Colart de Laon, Claes Sluter en Claes de Werve. Zo ontstaat een beeld van de veelzijdige artistieke praktijk waarbinnen Maelwael werkzaam was. De schoonheid en de mystieke betekenis van deze eeuwenoude objecten zullen de moderne lezer nog steeds verwonderen en intrigeren.


lorenzetti ambrogio mono_190A. BAGNOLI, R. BARTALINI. Ambrogio Lorenzetti. Catalogo della mostraSilvana, 2017, 512 p.
ISBN: 978-8836637287

Ambrogio Lorenzetti (Siena, notizie dal 1319 al 1348) fu uno degli artisti più importanti nell’intera Europa tardo-medievale e grazie ai Commentarii di Lorenzo Ghiberti divenne presto famoso presso gli scrittori d’arte.
È universalmente celebre in virtù degli affreschi nel Palazzo Pubblico di Siena, con le allegorie e gli effetti del Buono e del Cattivo Governo. Ma Ambrogio non è solo l’autore di quell’eccezionale capolavoro: gli si devono, infatti, anche straordinari dipinti su tavola e altri cicli di affreschi che non hanno goduto della stessa considerazione.
Il volume affronta l’intera vicenda artistica del pittore: le opere conservate e quelle perdute, il loro linguaggio figurativo e i programmi iconografici, la destinazione e la funzione dei dipinti, la loro conservazione, la loro fortuna storiografica.


CFP: Byzantine Heritage in the History and Spiritual Culture of Ukraine, 19 – 22 October 2017, Monastery of St Theodore Studites, Rome, Italy

Culture of Ukraine, October 19 – 22, 2017, Monastery of St Theodore Studites,
Rome, Italy.
Deadline: 25th August 2017.
The International Conference Byzantine heritage in the history and spiritual culture of
Ukraine aims to become a platform for the sharing of knowledge. The conference will
involve the systematic discussion and promotion of the following themes:
  • Byzantine spiritual heritage in the history of Ukraine-Rus’ and Eastern churches of the Kievan tradition
  • the role and influence of the Byzantine Empire in the formation of Ukrainian national identity
  • spiritual culture
  • publishing and literature
  • art
  • theological and philosophical thought
  • religious traditions
and more.
Suggested topics for the conference:
1. Byzantium – Kievan Rus: historical, spiritual and cultural interconnection.
2. Byzantine hesychasm in the tradition of monasticism, and in the culture and
spiritual life of Ukraine-Rus’.
3. The Byzantine Fathers of the Church and the distribution of their books in
4. Byzantine heritage in literature, art, theological and philosophical
thought, in liturgical science and in the church tradition of Ukraine.
5. “Studion” and its role in reviving the Byzantine Stoudite tradition of the Greek
Catholic Church (contribution by Metropolitan Andrey Sheptytsky and Patriarch
Josyph Slipyj).
6. Byzantine heritage in the traditions of modern Ukrainian monasticism.
7. The current state of Byzantines in Ukraine.
Working languages of the conference: Ukrainian, English, Italian.
The organizers will provide free accommodation and meals for participants during
the conference. There are plans to publish the results of the conference in the
scientific collection Sofia of Kiev: Byzantium. Russia. Ukraine.
The conference will allow for full-time and part-time participation.
How to apply:

The submission should indicate title of paper and author information (name,
surname, academic degree, title or position, address, home or mobile phone, email,

The e-mail address of the Organizing Committee is tnu-pres@ukr.net


medieval ParisWALKING TOUR OF THE MEDIEVAL BOOK TRADE OF PARIS, led by Christopher de Hamel and Sandra Hindman

Saturday April 8, 2017 Walk at 10 AM

Advanced registration essential: Tel +33 (0)1 42 60 15 58 info@lesenluminures.com http://www.lesenluminures.com
The group will meet outside the west front of Notre-Dame, where the outlines of the former medieval street of the rue Neuve-Notre-Dame are marked on the paving. Right here was the absolute dawn of the book trade in Europe. Here the earliest professional booksellers had their shops from around 1200, together with parchment-sellers, illuminators, scribes and book-binders. The locations of their shops can often be located precisely from the medieval tax records. We will conjure up the businesses in this little street of Emery d’Orléans, libraire (d.1246); Nicholas Lombard, libraire 1248-76; and others. We will stand where the husband and wife team of Richard and Jeanne de Montbaston illuminated romances in the fourteenth century. We see the precise spots where the celebrated Jacques de Besançon illuminated manuscripts in 1472-94 and where Simon Vostre sold luxurious printed books in 1486-1518. We will cross the Petit Pont and walk up the rue St-Jacques, towards the site of the great Dominican convent and publishers of the works of Thomas Aquinas in the thirteenth century.

We will pass the locations of the shops of the booksellers Alain Spinefort, 1491-1506, Claude Jaumar 1493-1500, and others, turning right up the rue de la Parcheminerie, where many medieval scribes and illuminators had houses, including Ameline de Maffliers, a female illuminator in 1292-98, and from there into the little rue Erembourg de Brie (later rue des Enlumineurs). Many famous illuminators worked precisely here, including Honoré 1289-1312, Jean Pucelle (d.1334) and Jean le Noir (d. c.1380), illuminator of the Hours of Jeanne de Navarre and the Petites Heures of the duc de Berry. Finally, we will retrace our steps, back across the Ile de la Cité, over the Pont Notre-Dame, where the illuminator Maître François had his business on the left-hand side of the bridge in 1455-74, as later did the bookseller and printer Antoine Vérard (d.1513). We eventually reach Les Enluminures in the rue Jean-Jacques Rousseau, the libraire principal of manuscripts in modern Paris, for a light lunch and an opportunity to see and buy original manuscripts illuminated and sold in the city in the Middle Ages.

Advanced registration essential: Tel +33 (0)1 42 60 15 58 or info@lesenluminures.com


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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