Everyday Life in Medieval Europe

The papers in this volume aim to redress the balance by taking an environmental and artefact-based approach to life in medieval Europe.

Everyday Life in Medieval Europe

Artefacts and environmental remains are abundant from archaeological excavations across Europe, but until now they have most commonly been used to accompany broader narratives built on historical sources and studies of topography and buildings, rather than being studied as important evidence in their own right. The papers in this volume aim to redress the balance by taking an environmental and artefact-based approach to life in medieval Europe. The contributions included here address central themes such as urban identities, the nature of towns and their relationship with their hinterlands, provisioning processes, and the role of ritual and religion in everyday life. Case studies from across Europe encourage a comparative approach between town and country, and provide a pan-European perspective to current debates. The volume is divided into four key parts: an exploration of the processes of provisioning; an assessment of the dynamics of urban population; an examination of domestic life; and a discussion of the status quaestionis and future potential of urban environmental archaeology. Together, these sections make a significant contribution to medieval archaeology and offer new and unique insights into the conditions of everyday life in medieval Europe.

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Everyday Life in Medieval Europe
Language: en
Pages: 300
Authors: Lee Broderick, Idoia Grau-Sologestoa, Ben Jervis
Categories: History
Type: BOOK - Published: 2015-10-31 - Publisher:

Artefacts and environmental remains are abundant from archaeological excavations across Europe, but until now they have most commonly been used to accompany broader narratives built on historical sources and studies of topography and buildings, rather than being studied as important evidence in their own right. The papers in this volume
Archaeologies of Rules and Regulation
Language: en
Pages: 356
Authors: Barbara Hausmair, Ben Jervis, Ruth Nugent, Eleanor Williams
Categories: Social Science
Type: BOOK - Published: 2018-01-29 - Publisher: Berghahn Books

How can we study the impact of rules on the lives of past people using archaeological evidence? To answer this question, Archaeologies of Rules and Regulation presents case studies drawn from across Europe and the United States. Covering areas as diverse as the use of space in a nineteenth-century U.S.
Pleasure and Leisure in the Middle Ages and Early Modern Age
Language: en
Pages: 764
Authors: Albrecht Classen
Categories: History
Type: BOOK - Published: 2019-08-05 - Publisher: Walter de Gruyter GmbH & Co KG

Jan Huizinga and Roger Caillois have already taught us to realize how important games and play have been for pre-modern civilization. Recent research has begun to acknowledge the fundamental importance of these aspects in cultural, religious, philosophical, and literary terms. This volume expands on the traditional approach still very much
Animals and Sacred Bodies in Early Medieval Ireland
Language: en
Pages: 262
Authors: John Soderberg
Categories: History
Type: BOOK - Published: 2022-01-15 - Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

Clonmacnoise was among the busiest, most economically complex, and intensely sacred places in early medieval Ireland. In Animals and Sacred Bodies in Early Medieval Ireland: Religion and Urbanism at Clonmacnoise, John Soderberg argues that animals are the key to understanding Clonmacnoise’s development as a thriving settlement and a sacred space.
Water in Medieval Literature
Language: en
Pages: 358
Authors: Albrecht Classen
Categories: Literary Criticism
Type: BOOK - Published: 2017-08-15 - Publisher: Lexington Books

This book uncovers the tremendous importance of water for European medieval literature, focusing on a large number of writers and poets. Water proves to be highly meaningful in religious, literary, and factual narratives insofar as it emerges as a central catalyst to bring about epiphany and epistemological and spiritual illumination.