Reflecting the diverse interests of Jean-Michel Spieser, his colleagues, students and friends contribute papers focused on topics ranging from the changing role of the apse and the layout of late antique basilicas to holy relics said to have been brought from Constantinople. Many of the articles address the nature and impact of specific media - goldsmiths' work, ivory and ceramics - while a group of highly original, broader studies is devoted to such larger issues as ritual display in the tenth century, the metaphorical significance of pottery and an interrogation of the supposed influence of Byzantine icons on Western medieval art. Throughout, the achievement of the authors is to move from concrete observations of particular objects to the larger meaning they held for those who commissioned and made use of them.
The Material and the Ideal
Pierre-Vincent Claverie, Assemblée nationale, Paris
In Honorius III et l'Orient (1216-1227), Pierre-Vincent Claverie offers a large-scale study of the oriental policy developed by Pope Honorius III at the time of the Fifth Crusade.
Ingrid Houssaye Michienzi, Université Paris VII
This book offers a reconstruction of commercial strategies used by Datini and his agents to trade with the Maghrib. It focuses on the study of networks, of economic actors and of the link between trade and the State.
Drawing on archaeological fieldwork in Western Greece, this book offers a fresh model for interpreting the transformation of medieval settlement (600-1200 AD). Rereading Byzantine texts from a postmodern theoretical background, it introduces a new perception of the historicity of space.
This book combines economic history and theory to offer a positive reappraisal of the interaction between demographic forces, urbanization, commercialisation and the role of the state, and their impact on the late medieval economy of the kingdom of Naples.
Based on Mamluk and Venetian sources, this book offers a thorough analysis of the various conflicts arising around Levant trade. It demonstrates how these conflicts more often than not cut across cultural divides in Late Medieval Mamluk Alexandria.
Edited by Denis Sullivan, Elizabeth Fisher and Stratis Papaioannou
Twenty-five articles in art history, social history, literature, epigraphy, numismatics and sigillography pay tribute to Alice-Mary Talbot in a coherent volume related to her abiding interest in the study of Byzantine religious practices in their social context.
Edited by Renate Blumenfeld-Kosinski and Kiril Petkov
This volume, the first to address Philippe Mézières (1327-1405) and his legacy comprehensively since 1896, gathers twenty-two contributions shedding new light on Philippe’s literary, political, and mystical writings, and places him in the context of his age and his contemporaries.
Filip Van Tricht
This book offers a new perspective on the Latin take-over of Byzantine territories after the crusader sack of Constantinople in 1204, arguing that the new rulers very consciously aimed at continuing the Eastern Empire, drawing many Byzantines to their side.
This volume offers the first critical edition of and thorough introduction to one of medieval Naples’ most notable expressions of local memory and identity and a foundational text in the subsequent development of Neapolitan historiography.
The book presents a comprehensive analysis of the “Letter of Love and Concord.” This revised diplomatic edition based on the study of sixty nine manuscripts, explores its numerous written, material, oral and symbolic sources along with an English translation of this fascinating late 12th century ...
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