The aim of the series is to promote the cross-disciplinary objectives of AVISTA (The Association Villard de Honnecourt for Interdisciplinary Study of Medieval Technology, Science and Art) by publishing research in the history of science, technology, architecture, and art. The society takes its name from Villard (Wilars) de Honnecourt, an elusive persona of the 13th century whose autograph portfolio contains a variety of fascinating drawings and descriptions of both the fine and mechanical arts.
The Long Lives of Medieval Art and Architecture
Villard's Legacy Studies in Medieval Technology, Science and Art in Memory of Jean Gimpel
The Medieval Hospital and Medical Practice
Arts of the Medieval Cathedrals Studies on Architecture, Stained Glass and Sculpture in Honor of Anne Prache
New Approaches to Medieval Architecture
By Steven A. Walton
September 10, 2019
This volume brings together a series of papers at Kalamazoo as well as some contributed papers inspired by the fiftieth anniversary of the publication of Lynn White Jr.’s, Medieval Technology and Social Change (1962), a slim study which catalyzed the study of technology in the Middle Ages in the ...
By Jennifer M. Feltman, Sarah Thompson
March 28, 2019
Traditional histories of medieval art and architecture often privilege the moment of a work’s creation, yet surviving works designated as "medieval" have long and expansive lives. Many have extended prehistories emerging from their sites and contexts of creation, and most have undergone a variety ...
By Robert Bork, Scott Montogmery, Carol Neuman De Vegvar, Ellen Shortell, Steven A Walton
March 29, 2017
De Re Metallica brings together a wide variety of perspectives on metal use in the Middle Ages, a topic that has received less systematic scholarly attention than it deserves, given its central importance for medieval culture. Because of its strength, beauty, and prestige, metal figured prominently...
By Robert Bork, Andrea Kann
March 06, 2017
This sixth volume in the AVISTA series considers "The Art, Science, and Technology of Medieval Travel". In recent years, scholarship has increasingly emphasized the importance of travel and intercultural exchange in the Middle Ages. The notable medieval phenomena of pilgrimage and crusade obviously...
By Marie-Thérèse Zenner
March 03, 2017
Villard's Legacy is in memory of the celebrated iconoclastic historian, Jean Gimpel, and represents a fundamental contribution to the new AVISTA series with Ashgate Publishing. AVISTA was the brainchild of Gimpel, a genius at making the right people meet to advance knowledge through a confluence ...
By Barbara S. Bowers
February 27, 2017
Using an innovative approach to evidence for the medieval hospital and medical practice, this collection of essays presents new research by leading international scholars in creating a holistic look at the hospital as an environment within a social and intellectual context. The research presented ...
By Nancy Y. Wu
November 10, 2016
The purpose of the project is to provide the most up-to-date survey on issues dealing with practical geometry and how it might have been applied in the design of medieval architecture. Chronologically, the topics cover a wide span - from early Medieval through Late Gothic. Geographically, the ...
By Jean A. Givens, Karen M. Reeds, Alain Touwaide
September 22, 2016
Images in medieval and early modern treatises on medicine, pharmacy, and natural history often confound our expectations about the functions of medical and scientific illustrations. They do not look very much like the things they purport to portray; and their actual usefulness in everyday medical ...
By Barbara S. Bowers, Linda Migl Keyser
September 21, 2016
This volume challenges and redefines the traditional distinction made between the sacred and the secular in medieval healing, medical practice, and theory as evidenced in the historic, text record, and by material culture (sites and objects). The studies here are interdisciplinary and are grouped...
By Jennifer M. Feltman
July 27, 2016
This interdisciplinary volume in the AVISTA series is the first book to focus solely on the north transept of Reims Cathedral, the portion of the gothic building that served as the canons' primary entrance to the cathedral from their adjoining cloister in the thirteenth century. Despite the ...
By Kathleen Nolan, Dany Sandron
June 05, 2015
The touchstones of Gothic monumental art in France - the abbey church of Saint-Denis and the cathedrals of Chartres, Reims, and Bourges - form the core of this collection dedicated to the memory of Anne Prache. The essays reflect the impact of Prache’s career, both as a scholar of wide-ranging ...
By Robert Bork, William W. Clark, Abby McGehee
May 28, 2011
This collection of essays presents the exciting and innovative work being done in the field of medieval architectural history by scholars affiliated with AVISTA, one of the most active sponsors of such research in the Anglo-American scholarly community. These studies constitute a snapshot of the ...