Wearmouth and Jarrow Monastic Sites
Founded by Benedict Biscop in the late seventh century, the twin monastery of Wearmouth and Jarrow in Northumbria was notable for its famous inmate, the Venerable Bede. The archaeological excavation of the site was undertaken by Rosemary Cramp between 1959 and 1988: this volume is her definitive report and analysis of the material remains of the Anglo-Saxon and medieval occupations, including structural materials, window glass, sculptured stone and personal possessions.
Ships of the Port of London
Twelfth to Seventeenth Centuries AD
In no other ancient European port is every major stage of its history represented by the recovered remains of ships and boats, waterfronts, warehouses and even former cargoes. Using this material evidence along with manuscript sources, Peter Marsden gives accounts of the design, construction and uses of vessels from 21 sites, ranging in date from the Custom House boat (c.1160–90) to the Blackfriars ship, a barge that sank with a cargo of bricks in 1670. Off-mint.
Prague and Bohemia
Medieval Art, Architecture and Cultural Exchange in Central Europe
From Prague Cathedral to a wayside cross in Brno, these 15 essays offer new insights into medieval buildings and their decoration, revealing complex patterns of artistic influence against a changing backdrop of economic prosperity, religious strife and dynastic rivalry.
Wigmore Castle, North Herefordshire
Excavations 1996 and 1998
Wigmore Castle was the seat of the Mortimer family from the late 11th century to 1425, when it passed to the Dukes of York, and thence to the crown. This monograph records the two excavations within the Inner Bailey of the castle, prior to its repair and consolidation by English Heritage.
Southwell and Nottinghamshire
Medieval Art, Architecture, and Industry
The special focus of this volume is Southwell Minster, but the 15 essays also include discussions of the Cistercian Abbey at Rufford, Worksop Priory Church, the 12th-century castle at Newark and the development of bell-casting in Nottinghamshire. With a 48-page section of black and white photographs.
Newcastle and Northumberland
Roman and Medieval Architecture and Art
Ranging from the prehistory of Newcastle to Warkworth castle, the Percy family’s tower house built in the 14th century, this volume of 15 essays explores the remarkably rich material legacy of the Middle Ages in north-east England. Among the significant sites discussed are Hexham Priory, the castle keep in Newcastle upon Tyne, Tynemouth priory and Alnwick castle.
The Medieval Chantry in England
Originally published as the 2011 Journal of the British Archaeological Association, this collection of eleven conference papers begins with ‘A Prehistory of the Chantry’ by John McNeill and includes studies of the development of the English ‘Stone Age’ chantry chapel, the commemorative foundations of William of Wykeham, and Islip’s Chantry at Westminster Abbey.
Medieval Art, Architecture and Archaeology at Canterbury
Since the foundation of its cathedral in 597, Canterbury has been the epicentre of Britain’s ecclesiastical history and an important locus for architectural and visual innovation. The majority of these 17 essays deal with aspects of the cathedral, among them the rebuilding by Archbishop Wulfred (805–32), the south oculus and the ‘Old Bakery’ chamber; but other topics include the monks’ library at Christ Church and the Great Gate of St Augustine’s Abbey.
Medieval and Early Modern Art, Architecture and Archaeology
The importance of Norwich as the second most populous and wealthy city in medieval England is explored in this volume of 19 essays and seven site reports, including studies of Norwich Castle Keep, castle staircases, chancel passageways and a Norwich freemason as well as several aspects of the cathedral’s architecture and artefacts.
King's Lynn and the Fens
Medieval Art, Architecture and Archaeology
Beginning with an essay on ‘King John’s Cup’, one of the finest pieces of medieval silversmith’s work in England, this volume discusses a variety of buildings and artefacts in West Norfolk, including the counting houses and Hanseatic ‘Steelyard’ in King’s Lynn, Snettisham Church, and the tomb of Sir Humphrey de Littlebury at All Saints, Holbeach. Slightly off-mint.
Seats of Power in Europe During the Hundred Years War
An Architectural Study from 1330 to 1480
Surveying more than 60 residences of the crowned heads and royal dukes of countries involved in the Hundred Years War, this illustrated study investigates whether the castles, palaces and manor houses of the War’s protagonists reflect a defensive purpose, a social function or the personality of the builders. After an introduction to the military, political and architectural background, the book discusses residences in France and England, but also in Scotland, Flanders and the Iberian Peninsula, during the period 1330 to 1483.
Celtic Saints of Scotland, Northumbria and the Isle of Man
Elizabeth Rees explores a key period in early Christianity in northern Britain. From St Columba’s Abbey on Iona to Aidan’s monastery on Lindisfarne, she describes hundreds of notable sites, many of which can still be visited, using maps and photographs to gain insights into the period. With the aid of archaeological finds, ancient inscriptions and texts, she tells the story of both well-known saints and lesser known individuals and describes the landscape they inhabited.
An Archaeological Study of the Bayeux Tapestry
The Landscapes, Buildings and Places
Trevor Rowley, an authority on the Normans and landscape history, focuses on the mid 11th-century landscapes in North-western France and England in which the epic events portrayed by the Bayeux Tapestry took place. Following those events, from Earl Harold’s journeys to Bosham and France to the Battle of Hastings, Rowley describes, with photographs and diagrams, the archaeological evidence and existing sites of the buildings and places represented and sometimes named on the Tapestry.
In Search of England's Lost King
Francis Young, himself at the forefront of the search to locate the lost coffin of King Edmund, tells the story of the historical search for the real man behind the legendary East Anglian king killed by the Vikings in 869. The book traces Edmund’s progress from martyred king to England’s national saint in medieval times; and describes current research into Edmund’s burial in the abbey at Bury St Edmunds and the present whereabouts of his mortal remains.
Most archaeological study of medieval children has focused on the physical remains found in burials; this volume of nine papers presents new ways of exploring children’s lives. Among the topics discussed are play, particularly board and dice games; migration; children’s use of domestic and social space; evidence of children in the labour force; and ‘eaves-drip’ burials – the practice of burying babies close to the church walls.
Medieval Art, Architecture and Archaeology at
Apart from three studies of the castle, the 20 papers in this volume deal mainly with aspects of Rochester’s often-overlooked medieval cathedral, including Bishop Gundulf’s door, the 12th-century nave, the cathedral’s monuments and its historiography.
The Chapel and Burial Ground on St Ninian's Isle, Shetland
Excavations Past and Present
St Ninian’s Isle is famous for the discovery of 28 pieces of Pictish silverware by Andrew O’Dell in 1958: this volume reassesses archive material from O’Dell’s work in the 1950s and describes earlier and later excavations, 1876 to 2000. Monograph 32.