The Oxford Handbook of Later Medieval Archaeology in Britain

Author: Christopher Gerrard,Alejandra Gutiérrez

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 019106212X

Category: Social Science

Page: 968

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The Middle Ages are all around us in Britain. The Tower of London and the castles of Scotland and Wales are mainstays of cultural tourism and an inspiring cross-section of later medieval finds can now be seen on display in museums across England, Scotland, and Wales. Medieval institutions from Parliament and monarchy to universities are familiar to us and we come into contact with the later Middle Ages every day when we drive through a village or town, look up at the castle on the hill, visit a local church or wonder about the earthworks in the fields we see from the window of a train. The Oxford Handbook of Later Medieval Archaeology in Britain provides an overview of the archaeology of the later Middle Ages in Britain between AD 1066 and 1550. 61 entries, divided into 10 thematic sections, cover topics ranging from later medieval objects, human remains, archaeological science, standing buildings, and sites such as castles and monasteries, to the well-preserved relict landscapes which still survive. This is a rich and exciting period of the past and most of what we have learnt about the material culture of our medieval past has been discovered in the past two generations. This volume provides comprehensive coverage of the latest research and describes the major projects and concepts that are changing our understanding of our medieval heritage.
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Medieval Graffiti

The Lost Voices of England's Churches

Author: Matthew Champion

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 1473503639

Category: Architecture

Page: 272

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For centuries carved writings and artworks in churches lay largely unnoticed. So archaeologist Matthew Champion started a nationwide survey to gather the best examples. In this book he shines a spotlight on a forgotten world of ships, prayers for good fortune, satirical cartoons, charms, curses, windmills, word puzzles, architectural plans and heraldic designs. Drawing on examples from surviving medieval churches in England, the author gives a voice to the secret graffiti artists: from the lord of the manor and the parish priest to the people who built the church itself. Here are strange medieval beasts, knights battling unseen dragons, ships sailing across lime-washed oceans and demons who stalk the walls. Latin prayers for the dead jostle with medieval curses, builders’ accounts and slanderous comments concerning a long-dead archdeacon. Strange and complex geometric designs, created to ward off the ‘evil eye’ and thwart the works of the devil, share church pillars with the heraldic shields of England’s medieval nobility.
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Magic in Britain

A History of Medieval and Earlier Practices

Author: Robin Melrose

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 1476674000

Category: Religion

Page: 270

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Magic, both benevolent (white) and malign (black), has been practiced in the British Isles since at least the Iron Age (800 BCE-CE 43). "Curse tablets"--metal plates inscribed with curses intended to harm specific people--date from the Roman Empire. The Anglo-Saxons who settled in England in the fifth and sixth centuries used ritual curses in documents, and wrote spells and charms. When they became Christians in the seventh century, the new "magicians" were saints, who performed miracles. When William of Normandy became king in 1066, there was a resurgence of belief in magic. The Church was able to quell the fear of magicians, but the Reformation saw its revival, with numerous witchcraft trials in the late 16th and 17th centuries.
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Magical House Protection

The Archaeology of Counter-Witchcraft

Author: Brian Hoggard

Publisher: Berghahn Books

ISBN: 178920206X

Category: Social Science

Page: 336

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Belief in magic and particularly the power of witchcraft was a deep and enduring presence in popular culture; people created and concealed many objects to protect themselves from harmful magic. Detailed are the principal forms of magical house protection in Britain and beyond from the fourteenth century to the present day. Witch-bottles, dried cats, horse skulls, written charms, protection marks and concealed shoes were all used widely as methods of repelling, diverting or trapping these energies. Many of these practices and symbols can be found around the globe, demonstrating the universal nature of efforts by people to protect themselves from witchcraft.
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Directory of Historical Figures

Author: Salem Press

Publisher: Salem PressInc

ISBN: N.A

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 704

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Some 10,000 historical figures are covered in this 1 volume alphabetically organized directory. Each entry provides the basic information: name (& variants), dates & places of birth & death, nationality, area of endeavor (category), & significance. Prompted by the need of Salem's own editors for an authoritative database of dates & names, they have created this easy-to-use, fully cross-referenced directory.
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Forthcoming Books

Author: R.R. Bowker Company. Dept. of Bibliography,Arny, Rose

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: United States Imprints

Page: N.A

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