Flights of Imagination in Britain, 1783–1786
In the three years following the Montgolfier brothers’ first hot-air balloon flight in 1783, the craze for balloons spread across Britain, then subsided. However exciting the ‘aerostation’ adventures were, the balloons defied navigation and went wherever the wind took them. This study explores the sort of madness that gripped aeronauts and spectators; how reason, science and magic accompanied balloon launches; the response of popular culture; and the impact of the new, aerial view of the world on Enlightenment sensibility.
West Country Households, 1500–1700
In three parts, on the form and development, decoration, and material culture of early modern West Country houses, these 17 essays originate from a Society of Post-Medieval Archaeology conference. They focus on the themes of recent work on vernacular buildings and include case studies of outstanding sites such as Marker’s Cottage, Broadclyst; Godolphin in Cornwall; and 41–2, High Street, Exeter. No jacket.
The New Percy Grainger Companion
This authoritative companion to the life and work of the Australian-born composer and pianist Percy Grainger (1882–1961) aims to stimulate interest in Grainger’s music and encourage live performance. Among the essays, musicians write on performing his orchestral and piano music, choir and solo singing and his wind band compositions, while biographical studies explore topics such as the composer’s family background, his home in New York and his writings.
Nation and Classical Music
From Handel to Copland
This interdisciplinary study examines the relationship between emergent nationalism and the classical music that contributed to the dissemination of the national ideal. The authors explore the work of figures including Smetana, Elgar and Shostakovich to reveal how folk idioms were assimilated into art music, and how composers adapted national myths and created works for public commemoration and mourning.
Metal Detecting and Archaeology
The hobby of metal detecting has been traditionally vilified by archaeologists, yet it was a detectorist’s discovery of ninth-century oval brooches that prompted the excavation of the important Norse burial site at Cumwhitton, Cumbria. Charting the relationship between archaeologists and metal detector users in the UK and abroad, the 17 essays in this collection cover topics including Treasure Trove Law, the Portable Antiquities Scheme, and battlefield archaeology.
Late Medieval Castles
A companion to Anglo-Norman Castles (2003), this volume follows the same format, bringing together 17 historiographically significant articles on castles and castle-building but focusing on the period c.1250 to 1500. The book is illustrated with over 150 castle plans and photographs.
Britain and the Empire at War, 1939–45
In 1939, Britain went to war as a great imperial power and the food shortages and rationing, conscripted labour, censorship and curtailed freedoms suffered on the British home front, were experienced throughout the empire. In twelve essays, the contributors to this volume examine various aspects of civilian life in wartime Palestine, India, South Africa, Kenya and Australia as well as Britain.
The History of William Marshal
Composed in Anglo-Norman verse in the 1220s, The History of William Marshall is the earliest surviving biography of a medieval knight and the earliest biography of a layman in a European vernacular. Commissioned by Marshall’s son, the poem is hardly impartial, but sheds light on many aspects of medieval warfare through the life of a great knight whose career spanned the reigns of Henry II, Richard I, John and Henry III. Prose translation with introduction and notes.
Medievalist Architecture, Furniture and Interiors, 1730–1840
In a new reading of the early Gothic Revival, Lindfield connects the key intellectual, artistic and architectural debates of the period 1730 to 1840 with the design of Gothic Revival architecture, interiors and furniture, and considers the relationship of design with Georgian understandings of medieval architecture and ornament.
Delius and Norway
The English composer Frederick Delius (1862–1934) travelled to Norway on 20 occasions, spending one to three months getting his ‘old self back again’, and around 33 of his compositions were inspired by the country or were settings of its poetry. This study examines the vital role that Norway and its artists – particularly Edvard Munch, Edvard Grieg and Knut Hamsun – played in the life and work of the composer.
The Corpse as Text
Disinterment and Antiquarian Enquiry, 1700–1900
Thea Tomaini explores changes in English attitudes to the dead during the period 1700–1900 through the investigations of antiquarians who disinterred historical figures of earlier centuries. In studies of men and women including King John, Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn, Shakespeare and Charles I, whose graves were opened for academic purposes, Tomaini shows the diverse ways in which corpses were ‘read’ and understood.
The Chivalric Biography of Boucicaut, Jean II Le Meingre
The early 15th-century chivalric biography of Jean II Le Meingre, known as Boucicaut, marshal of France, is an important source for chivalric culture, medieval crusading, the study of France and Italy during the Great Schism, and the impact of classical learning on vernacular literature. This is a translation Denis Lalande’s 1985 edition of the text, with critical apparatus including notes on geographical locations and the anonymous biographer’s sources.
Benjamin Britten Studies
Essays on an Inexplicit Art
Taking its cue from Britten’s statement, made during a BBC Third Programme discussion of Billy Budd, that music is ‘an inexplicit art’, this volume of 16 essays shifts the perspective on Britten scholarship, interweaving historical, musicological, sociological, psychological and theoretical approaches.
Problems and Perspectives
The duchy of Aquitaine (Gascony) was given to the future Edward I by his father, Henry III, in 1252 and it remained united under the English crown until 1453. The Gascon Rolls are the main source for the history of Aquitaine during that period, and this volume illustrates the variety of recent researches, with subjects including the wine trade; Jean II, count of Armagnac (1373–1384); and English soldiers in the region, 1369 to 1450.
Religion and the Demographic Revolution
Women and Secularisation in Canada, Ireland, UK and USA Since the 1960s
In his second volume on the history of religious decline, Callum Brown argues that there is an intimate and causative interconnection between the three great social and cultural changes that began in the 1960s: the secularisation and the decline of Christianity; the revolution in family structures; and the transformation in women’s identities and the social construction of gender. Studies in Modern British Religious History. Volume 29.
The Well-Travelled Musician
John Sigismond Cousser and Musical Exchange in Baroque Europe
Born in Hungary, the musician John Sigismond Cousser (1660–1727) travelled throughout Europe during his long career, leaving the continent for London in 1704 and eventually settling in Dublin. Based in part on Cousser’s invaluable ‘Commonplace Book’, this study shows how he played a key role in the transmission of musical styles, particularly French and Italian, across the German-speaking lands during the Baroque era.
Leaders of the Anglo-Saxon Church
From Bede to Stigand
Illustrating the various important roles played by leading ecclesiastics in England, both within the church and in the political sphere, this volume of nine papers includes studies of Bede, Archbishop Ecgberth of York, Bishop Æthelwold, Wulfsige of Sherborne and Stigand, Archbishop of Canterbury.
A Critical Biography
Best known for his four-volume Life of Richard Wagner, Ernest Newman (1868–1959) was a dominant but controversial figure in British musical criticism who contributed columns to the Sunday Times for more than 38 years. This biography focuses on the influences and motivations behind his writing on various subjects, placing it within the contemporary intellectual context and highlighting his interest in the freethought movement, rationalism and historical method. Slightly off-mint.
Conductors in Britain, 1870–1914
Wielding the Baton at the Height of Empire
During the 19th century the emergence of the role of conductor transformed both the performance and the reception of orchestral music. Palmer profiles eight conductors, including Julius Benedict, Arthur Sullivan and Landon Ronald, who were associated with orchestras and musical societies in major British cities. She sheds light on the profession’s evolution, the infrastructures of the Victorian music business and the contribution of such musicians to the nation’s cultural life.
Charles Robert Cockerell in the Mediterranean
Letters and Travels, 1810–1817
As a trainee architect, Charles Robert Cockerell (1788–1863) was sent to Greece, Asia Minor and Italy on the recommendation of his master, Robert Smirke, then engaged in the design of the Royal Opera House’s Doric portico. Cockerell was an exceptionally intelligent and sensitive observer and his letters home on the ancient Greek sites he visited are the basis of this study of his key role in the cultural shift from Georgian to Victorian architecture in Britain.
Wingfield College and its Patrons
Piety and Prestige in Medieval Suffolk
Wingfield College was founded in the mid-14th century in a bid for power by a fast-rising mercantile family. This collection of papers combines research into the site’s history and archaeology, with a DVD featuring reconstructions of both college and castle.
A Sixpence at Whist
Gaming and the English Middle Classes 1680–1830
Shifting the focus away from the notorious gambling of the aristocracy to the much less risky and more controlled gaming – specifically card playing – of the prospering middle classes in the period following the Restoration, this study presents a new perspective on middling mentalities, preoccupations and priorities.
Learned Societies in Nineteenth-Century Britain
Following a number of themes in the history of scholarship – natural, literary and ‘exotic’ knowledge – Lubenow’s study addresses the ‘social history of cognition’ by examining the processes that members of university and London societies devised to provide opportunities for curiosity, originality, research and the shaping of knowledge.
Musicians of Bath and Beyond
Edward Loder (1809–1865) and his Family
The head of a very talented musical family, John David Loder (1788–1846) led the theatre orchestra in Bath and later the Philharmonic in London, and wrote the leading violin instruction manual of his time. Comprising 13 scholarly essays, this study of the Loders’ musical careers illuminates aspects of the music profession in the 19th century, music in the British colonies, and English Romantic opera.
Music Theatre in Britain
A music producer at the BBC during the time covered by this book, Michael Hall brings experience and expertise to this study of 1960s and 1970s music theatre, as well as his acquaintance with composers such as Birtwistle, Alexander Goehr, Peter Maxwell Davies and Cornelius Cardew.
The Livery Collar in Late Medieval England and Wales
Politics, Identity and Affinity
Worn around the neck, the livery collar was a band of leather or velvet decorated with silver or gold devices, with more prestigious examples made entirely of precious metal. Although literary and visual references to such collars abound, they are often overlooked; Matthew Ward explores their cultural and political meaning and utility throughout the 15th century, particularly during the Wars of the Roses.
Eve's Apple to the Last Supper
Picturing Food in the Bible
Meals appear in many Bible stories, including the manna that fell from heaven, the feast in Jesus’ parable of the prodigal son and the miracle of the loaves and fishes. This book brings together 160 images to show how artists have depicted such meals, ranging from wall decorations in the ancient Roman catacombs to paintings by Rembrandt and Velázquez.
Early Medieval Stone Monuments
Materiality, Biography, Landscape
Reflecting recent trends in the investigation of material culture, these eight case studies demonstrate how inscribed and sculpted stone monuments of the 5th to 11th centuries created senses of identity and history for communities in Ireland, Britain and Scandinavia.
Beyond the Rio Grande
Although he is little known today, the composer, conductor and critic Constant Lambert (1905–51) was a prominent champion of both English ballet and jazz. This detailed biography draws on his entertaining letters and the reminiscences of many friends and colleagues.
Commemorating the Seafarer
Monuments, Memorials and Memory
Barbara Tomlinson provides an overview of maritime commemoration, exploring church and cemetery memorials and public sculptures from a historical and cultural perspective. She describes representative examples, focusing on those with interesting stories and including little-known mariners alongside figures such as Cook and Nelson and great events such as the loss of the Titanic.
Children and Youth in Premodern Scotland
In twelve essays that range in period from the 13th to the turn of the 19th centuries and across Highlands and Lowlands, this volume explores the experiences of childhood and youth, the representation of the young and approaches to upbringing, with topics including growing up in the court of James IV, slave children and child betrothal.
British Travellers and the Encounter with Britain
In a ‘perceptive and intelligent’ study of Britain’s cultural identities, Cramsie uses the first-hand accounts of Tudor and Stuart travellers to reveal how the complex diversity of the island’s peoples was interpreted long before post-colonial migration.
Three Hundred Years of Composers' Instruments
The Cobbe Collection
This catalogue of the Cobbe Collection of keyboard instruments at Hatchlands Park comprises detailed descriptions, technical information and photographs of over 40 instruments, ranging in date from Charles II’s virginals (1664) to an organ by JW Walker of London (1903) and includes instruments that belonged to, among others, Bach, Haydn, Chopin and Elgar.
The South Sea Bubble and Ireland
Money, Banking and Investment, 1960-1721
When the South Sea bubble burst in September 1720, its repercussions were felt far beyond the City of London. This study examines the South Sea investments and the consequences of their rise and fall in the peripheral financial centres of Ireland.
Medieval Dress and Textiles in Britain
A Multilingual Sourcebook
Dress in the Middle Ages was an identifier of status, wealth, occupation, gender and ethnicity, and fashions in dress caused controversy and complaint: ‘Do not fashion your clothing in a new-fangled way’, wrote Robert Brunne in Handlyng Synne (1303). This volume of manuscript sources, transcribed and translated from Old and Middle English, Latin and Anglo-Norman French, illuminates these subjects through readings from wills, accounts, inventories, moral and satirical works, sumptuary regulations and epics and romances.
Capital and Corporal Punishment in Anglo-Saxon England
Investigating how capital and corporal punishments developed and operated in English society between c.600 and 1150, the ten essays in this volume draw on legal, literary, historiographical, philological and archaeological evidence to explore topics including amputations, mutilation and spectacle, and incarceration.
Representing War and Violence
From crusade and conquest to self-mortification, violence took many forms in the Middle Ages. In nine essays, this multi-disciplinary volume explores how violence and conflict were represented and narrated in medieval and early modern works ranging from the Alliterative Morte Arthure to Tudor narratives of the fall of Calais in 1558.
The Church of England and the Home Front 1914–1918
Civilians, Soldiers and Religion in Wartime Colchester
An historian and parish priest, Dr Robert Beaken gives a detailed account of the impact of the First World War on life in the ancient garrison town of Colchester, focusing on the parish churches and their response to the challenges of wartime.
The Sea in the British Musical Imagination
From Purcell and Arne to Vaughan Williams and Maxwell Davies, British composers have often made use of maritime tropes. These twelve essays examine how their music reflects changes in Britons’ relationship with the sea, focusing on three themes: the sea as landscape, profession and metaphor. Slightly off-mint.
Observations on Modern Gardening
An Eighteenth-Century Study of the English Landscape Garden
First published in 1770, Thomas Whately’s comprehensive study of the English landscape garden became the standard text on the subject both in Britain and abroad. This first modern edition is accompanied by an introduction and commentary, alongside contemporary illustrations of the gardens and places discussed. It makes available to the modern reader a crucial primary source on what is often regarded as this country’s greatest original contribution to the arts.
A New History of Yachting
A few English aristocrats had pleasure yachts from as early as the mid 17th century and the hobby grew considerably in the following centuries, despite remaining the preserve of the wealthy. This history charts the evolution of yachting through the golden age before the First World War and into the era of affordable dinghies, plastic moulded hulls, and the record-breaking voyages of single-handed ocean sailors in recent decades.
Masques, Mayings and Music-Dramas
Vaughan Williams and the Early Twentieth-Century Stage
These eight essays elucidate a significant moment in the renaissance of English music-theatre. Focusing particularly on Vaughan Williams, they show how Wagner’s ideas influenced English composers who were reimagining dramatic traditions going back to Mummers’ plays, 17th-century masques and the music of Purcell.
The Life and Works of Robert Baillie (1602–1662)
Politics, Religion and Record-Keeping in the British Civil Wars
The letters of the Glaswegian minister Robert Baillie (1620–1662) are a common source for the history of Scotland during the violent years 1637–1660. This first biography of Baillie establishes his significance as a polemicist, theologian and contemporary historian.
Containing 450 letters (in English translation), this volume sheds light on the life and work of the important Viennese music theorist. His communications with such figures as Wilhelm Furtwängler and Paul Hindemith reveal the nature and extent of his influence as teacher, writer and administrator.
One of the first internationally famous conductors, Richter (1843–1916) premiered works by Wagner, Brahms and Elgar. Fifield’s detailed biography draws on the letters and diaries of Richter and other prominent musicians; this expanded edition also features his complete ‘conducting books’ documenting 4,351 public performances. (Previously published as True Artist and True Friend.)
Education in Twelfth-Century Art and Architecture
Images of Learning in Europe, c.1100–1220
From the middle of the twelfth century, the seven liberal arts of medieval education – grammar, rhetoric, dialectic, music, arithmetic, geometry and astronomy – appeared in allegorical personifications on church facades. In this study, Cleaver explores the relationship between the ideas of the patrons and the practical knowledge of the sculptors of these images, addressing questions of iconography, function, audience and patronage.
The Crafty Art of Opera
For Those Who Make It, Love It or Hate It
Acclaimed director Michael Hampe presents ‘useful rules’ for staging opera, giving examples from his work with singers and conductors. He discusses such questions as how to move on stage and how to convey comedy, aiming to help performers realize the art form’s full potential.
The Composer and the Community
Beginning with Benjamin Britten’s speech On Receiving the First Aspen Award (1964) in which he expressed his commitment to community and place, this volume presents 20 essays, interviews and commentaries by composers, performers and facilitators reflecting on the role of the composer in the community in Britain during the last 50 years.
Benjamin Britten and Russia
Cameron Pyke examines the origins and development of Benjamin Britten’s cultural ‘Russophilia’ over the whole course of his creative life, describing his engagement with Russian composers and musicians including Shostakovich, Prokofiev, Stravinsky and Rostropovich as well as other aspects of Russian culture, particularly Pushkin, politics and musical performance and style.
Poets on Composers from Thomas Tallis to Arvo Pärt
This anthology brings together poetic responses to 80 great composers, from the Renaissance to the 21st century. The texts include John Dryden’s ode on the death of Purcell, Elizabeth Jennings’ poem on Mozart’s Horn Concertos and Michael Longley on Mahler’s Kindertotenlieder.
The Rameau Compendium
Jean-Philippe Rameau (1683–1764) was a composer and performer of operas, keyboard works and chamber music, but also a sophisticated theorist and teacher. This reference work, by a leading authority on French Baroque music, reflects the full range of those activities. The book begins with a short biography drawing attention to significant patterns in his life and work; the rest of the volume forms a Rameau ‘dictionary’ with entries on people, places, instruments and institutions as well as the composer’s own works.
God and Uncle Sam
Religion and America's Armed Forces in World War II
Drawing on the ‘massive and labyrinthine’ archives of the Army Chaplaincy in the Second World War and the recollections and reflections of hundreds of army, navy and marine veterans, Snape’s study shows how, despite constitutional constraints, pre-war ‘religious depression’, and the pitfalls of war itself, religion played a crucial role in helping more than 16 million American service men and women through the ordeal of war in Europe and the Pacific.
Religious Men and Masculine Identity in the Middle Ages
The focus of these eleven essays is the complex relationship between masculinity and religion, with topics ranging widely to include studies of the rabbis of Babylonian Talmud; narratives of the First Crusade; and why men became monks in late medieval England.
Now best remembered as the conductor of Manchester’s Hallé Orchestra, Sir Hamilton Harty (1879–1941) began his career in Ulster and Dublin before coming to prominence in London as a piano accompanist. This biography reveals how he was influenced by these early experiences, analyses the debates he provoked on such topics as jazz and modernism and emphasizes his parallel career as a composer of orchestral works, chamber music and songs. The book ends with complete lists of Harty’s recordings and compositions.
From Cranmer to Davidson
A Church of England Miscellany
Presenting scholarly editions of eight texts, the Miscellany covers aspects of the Church’s history from the Reformation to 1917, and includes WJ Conybeare’s influential article on 19th-century ‘Church Parties’ (1853). Church of England Record Society 7.
The Beginning of Women's Ministry
The Revival of the Deaconess in the Nineteenth-Century Church of England
This volume on the revival of women’s ministry in the 19th-century Church of England presents documents from a variety of unpublished sources that show how the Deaconess Movement posed a threat to the gender order of Victorian society by creating new areas of activity and roles of authority outside the domestic sphere. Prominent among the institutions and individuals discussed are the North London Deaconess Institute and the first head deaconess, Elizabeth Ferard (1825–1883). No jacket.
The Back Parts of War
The YMCA Memoirs and Letters of Barclay Baron, 1915–1919
Deemed unfit for army service when he tried to enlist in 1914, Barclay Baron (1884–1964) served instead with the Young Men’s Christian Association, or ‘Red Triangle’, in France, Belgium and occupied Germany, from 1915 to 1919. His memoirs and letters give a vivid account of the often overlooked war work of the YMCA in supporting British troops on the Western Front. The memoirs are accompanied by substantial chapters on Baron himself and the wartime YMCA.
The Medieval Romance of Alexander
Jehan Wauquelin's The Deeds and Conquests of Alexander The Great
Nigel Bryant presents the first English translation of Wauquelin’s The Deeds and Conquests of Alexander, a compendium of stories about Alexander the Great written in medieval French in the mid 15th century. No jacket.
John Henry Williams (1747-1829) 'Political Clergyman'
War, the French Revolution, and the Church of England
Colin Haydon presents an in-depth study of John Henry Williams, the vicar of Wellesbourne in Warwickshire, who engaged fervently in provincial and national debate, denounced the war with revolutionary France and campaigned for peace.
The Unconquered Knight
A Chronicle of the Deeds of Don Pero Niño, Count of Buelna
Gutierre Díaz de Gámez was Don Pero Niño's standard-bearer and head of his military household. Written c.1431, his El Vitorial is a partisan account of Pero Niño, but an illuminating glimpse of 15th-century Spain. Translated and selected by Joan Evans (1928).
Calendar of State Papers: Domestic Series
Reign of Anne. Vol II 1704-1705
Representing the official archive of two secretaries of state - Sir Charles Hedges and Robert Harley - this volume is largely concerned with the conduct of the War of Spanish Succession and the French support for the Old Pretender, James Francis Edward. The documents calendared were generated in Ireland, Scotland and England and run from April 1704 to October 1705 - a period which saw the capture of Gibraltar (July 1704) and victories at Donauworth and Blenheim as well as preliminaries for the Anglo-Scottish union. No jacket.
The University of London, 1858-1900
The Politics of Senate and Convocation
FMG Willson analyses issues surrounding the consolidation of the 'external' system in 1858 and the newly established Convocation, and covers many related topics including women's degrees and the University's parliamentary seat.