1st Edition

The Archaeology of the Medieval English Monarchy

By John Steane Copyright 1993

    The Archaeology of the Medieval English Monarchy looks at the period between the reign of William the Conqueror and that of Henry VIII, bringing together physical evidence for the kings and their courts.
    John Steane looks at the symbols of power and regalia including crowns, seals and thrones. He considers Royal patronage, architecture and ideas on burials and tombs to unravel the details of their daily lives supported with many illustrations.

    1 Symbols of power 2 Burials of the medieval royal family 3 Royal accommodation 4 Palace and castle gardens 5 The peaceful activities of court life 6 Formalized violence: hunting, hawking and jousting 7 The monarchy, religion and education


    John Steane

    'Very useful in summarising the present state of knowledge and provides a basis for further work in this fascinating area of medieval archaeology.' - John Cherry, British Museum

    'Steane has a way of grasping and communicating the essentials to the reader that is very impressive.' - Michael Thompson, Medieval Archaeology

    'Excellent presentation of the material dimensions of medieval kingship.' - Antiquity

    'What a fascinating and little known world is revealed in this survey of the monarchy from William I to Henry VII. Steane is able to enhance our understanding of a seminal period of history.' - Education

    'An eccellent archaeological survey of kingship...The details of monarchs' daily lives are brought out, and the powerful effect the crown had on religion and education as patrons of monasteries, hospitals, and schools is examined.' - Oxbow Book News

    'The Archaeology of the Medieval English Monarchy is a useful window onto the rich and varied material world of English monarchs and makes accessible to historians and a general readership the technical work of archaeologists and art historians.' - Speculum-A Journal of Medieval Studies