Medieval culture was intensely visual. Although this has long been recognised by art historians and by enthusiasts for particular media, there has been little attempt to study social display as a subject in its own right. And yet, display takes us directly into the values, aspirations and, indeed, anxieties of past societies. In this illustrated volume a group of experts address a series of interrelated themes around the issue of display. Among the themes are family and lineage, social distinction and aspiration, ceremony and social bonding, and the expression of power and authority. The objects studied include monumental effigies, brasses, stained glass, rolls of arms, manuscripts, jewels, plate, seals and coins.
Contributors: Adrian Ailes, Caroline Barron, Marian Campbell, Peter Coss, David Crouch, Brian And Moira Gittos, Maurice Keen, Frederique Lachaud, Fionn Pilbrow, Nigel Saul, Caroline Shenton, John Watts.
About the authors
PETER COSS is Professor of Medieval History, Cardiff University.
MAURICE KEEN is an Emeritus Fellow of Balliol College, Oxford.
What others have said about this book
Here is a world once largely the property of antiquarians brought together once again, properly valued and appreciated, and reintegrated into our picture of medieval society. English Historical Review
1st edition 2002, paperback, 278pp, 65 plates and figures of which 12 are in full colour,15.7 x 23.5 cm