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Place and Space in the Medieval World

1st Edition

Edited by Meg Boulton, Jane Hawkes, Heidi Stoner


266 pages | 27 Color Illus. | 41 B/W Illus.

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This book addresses the critical terminologies of place and space (and their role within medieval studies) in a considered and critical manner, presenting a scholarly introduction written by the editors alongside thematic case studies that address a wide range of visual and textual material. The chapters consider the extant visual and textual sources from the medieval period alongside contemporary scholarly discussions to examine place and space in their wider critical context, and are written by specialists in a range of disciplines including art history, archaeology, history, and literature.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

1 The Secret Language of Movement: Interior Encounters with Space and Transition during Medieval Pilgrimage

Martin Locker

2 Distance and Embrace: Spatial Conditions of Access to the Volto Santo of Lucca

Ika Matyjaszkiewicz

3 Cave of Hermits, Cave of Cult: Saints Andrew-Zoerard and Benedict and the Sacralization of the Medieval Hungarian Landscape

Karen Stark

4 Processes of Religious Change in Late Iron Age Gotland: Rereading, Spatialization and Enculturation

Luke John Murphy

5 Planting the Cross in Anglo-Saxon England

Jane Hawkes

6 "How Deserted Lies the City, Once So Full of People": the Reclamation of Intramural Space in Anglo-Saxon Literature

Michael D. J. Bintley

7 From the Space of the World to the Space of the Local: The Two Maps of Thomas Elmham

Beth Kaneko

8 The Broighter Hoard: Mythology, Misrepresentation and Mystery

Aideen M. Ireland

9 The Ambiguity in Medieval Depictions of Abraham’s Bosom in the Areas and Spaces of the Christian Afterlife

Maria R. Grasso

10 Common Space or Cleft places? The Example of Beaulieu-sur-Dordogne, an Architectural and Figured Space

Élise Haddad

11 "And on the woghe wrytyn this was": Locating Three Dead Kings in the Parish Church Wall-Paintings of The Three Living and The Three Dead

Rebecca Pope

12 Fictive Architecture and Pictorial Place: Altichiero da Zevio’s Oratory of St George in Padua (c.1379‒1384)

Livia Lupi

13 Defining Difference or Connecting Spaces? Similarity and Meaning in the Arian Baptistery, Ravenna

Sam Barber

14 Heaven and Hall: Space and Place in Anglo-Saxon England

Heidi Stoner

15 The Vanishing Spaces of Islamic Courts (Ninth–Tenth Centuries)

Aimone Grossato

16 The Forming of an Apocalyptic Metageography: Muslim and Byzantine Apocalyptic Traditions and the Developing of a Shared Geographical Worldview

Francesco Furlan

17 World Maps and Waterways: Place and Space in the Beatus Mappaemundi

Emily Goetsch

18 The Bible as Map, On seeing God, Finding the way: Pilgrimage and Exegesis in Adomnán and Bede

Jennifer O’Reilly

About the Editors

Meg Boulton is a Research Affiliate with the Department of History of Art at the University of York, UK.

Jane Hawkes is Professor of Medieval Art History at the University of York, UK.

Heidi Stoner is a Leverhulme Early Career Fellow at Durham University, UK.

About the Series

Routledge Research in Art History

Routledge Research in Art History is our home for the latest scholarship in the field of art history. The series publishes research monographs and edited collections, covering areas including art history, theory, and visual culture. These high-level books focus on art and artists from around the world and from a multitude of time periods. By making these studies available to the worldwide academic community, the series aims to promote quality art history research.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
ARCHITECTURE / History / Medieval
ART / History / General
ART / European
ART / History / Medieval
HISTORY / Europe / General
HISTORY / Medieval