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Objects, environment, and everyday life in Medieval Europe

Jervis, Ben ORCID:, Broderick, Lee G. and Grau Sologestoa, Idoia, eds. 2016. Objects, environment, and everyday life in Medieval Europe. Studies in the History of Daily Life (800-1600), vol. HDL 3. Turnhout: Brepols. 10.1484/M.HDL-EB.5.110681

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This volume presents Europe-wide perspectives on urban life in medieval Europe through the study of artefacts and environmental remains. Artefacts and environmental remains are abundant from archaeological excavations across Europe, but until now they have most commonly been used to accompany broader narratives built on historical sources and studies of topography and buildings, rather than being studied as important evidence in their own right. The papers in this volume aim to redress the balance by taking an environmental and artefact-based approach to life in medieval Europe. The contributions included here address central themes such as urban identities, the nature of towns and their relationship with their hinterlands, provisioning processes, and the role of ritual and religion in everyday life. Case studies from across Europe encourage a comparative approach between town and country, and provide a pan-European perspective to current debates. The volume is divided into four key parts: an exploration of the processes of provisioning; an assessment of the dynamics of urban population; an examination of domestic life; and a discussion of the status quaestionis and future potential of urban environmental archaeology. Together, these sections make a significant contribution to medieval archaeology and offer new and unique insights into the conditions of everyday life in medieval Europe.

Item Type: Book
Book Type: Edited Book
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: History, Archaeology and Religion
Subjects: D History General and Old World > D History (General) > D111 Medieval History
Publisher: Brepols
ISBN: 9782503555034
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