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AVISTA Studies in the History of Medieval Technology, Science and Art


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De Re Metallica: The Uses of Metal in the Middle Ages

De Re Metallica: The Uses of Metal in the Middle Ages

Robert Bork
March 31, 2017

De Re Metallica brings together a wide variety of perspectives on metal use in the Middle Ages, a topic that has received less systematic scholarly attention than it deserves, given its central importance for medieval culture. Because of its strength, beauty, and prestige, metal figured prominently...

The Art, Science, and Technology of Medieval Travel

The Art, Science, and Technology of Medieval Travel

Robert Bork, Andrea Kann
March 06, 2017

This sixth volume in the AVISTA series considers "The Art, Science, and Technology of Medieval Travel". In recent years, scholarship has increasingly emphasized the importance of travel and intercultural exchange in the Middle Ages. The notable medieval phenomena of pilgrimage and crusade obviously...

Villard's Legacy: Studies in Medieval Technology, Science and Art in Memory of Jean Gimpel

Villard's Legacy: Studies in Medieval Technology, Science and Art in Memory of Jean Gimpel

Marie-Thérèse Zenner
March 03, 2017

Villard's Legacy is in memory of the celebrated iconoclastic historian, Jean Gimpel, and represents a fundamental contribution to the new AVISTA series with Ashgate Publishing. AVISTA was the brainchild of Gimpel, a genius at making the right people meet to advance knowledge through a confluence...

The Medieval Hospital and Medical Practice

The Medieval Hospital and Medical Practice

Barbara S. Bowers
February 27, 2017

Using an innovative approach to evidence for the medieval hospital and medical practice, this collection of essays presents new research by leading international scholars in creating a holistic look at the hospital as an environment within a social and intellectual context. The research presented...

Ad Quadratum: The Practical Application of Geometry in Medieval Architecture

Ad Quadratum: The Practical Application of Geometry in Medieval Architecture

Nancy Y. Wu
November 11, 2016

The purpose of the project is to provide the most up-to-date survey on issues dealing with practical geometry and how it might have been applied in the design of medieval architecture. Chronologically, the topics cover a wide span - from early Medieval through Late Gothic. Geographically, the...

Visualizing Medieval Medicine and Natural History, 1200–1550

Visualizing Medieval Medicine and Natural History, 1200–1550

Jean A. Givens, Karen M. Reed, Alain Touwaide
September 09, 2016

Images in medieval and early modern treatises on medicine, pharmacy, and natural history often confound our expectations about the functions of medical and scientific illustrations. They do not look very much like the things they purport to portray; and their actual usefulness in everyday medical...

The North Transept of Reims Cathedral: Design, Construction, and Visual Programs

The North Transept of Reims Cathedral: Design, Construction, and Visual Programs

Jennifer M. Feltman
July 21, 2016

This interdisciplinary volume in the AVISTA series is the first book to focus solely on the north transept of Reims Cathedral, the portion of the gothic building that served as the canons' primary entrance to the cathedral from their adjoining cloister in the thirteenth century. Despite the...

The Sacred and the Secular in Medieval Healing: Sites, Objects, and Texts

The Sacred and the Secular in Medieval Healing: Sites, Objects, and Texts

Barbara S. Bowers, Linda Migl Keyser
July 20, 2016

This volume challenges and redefines the traditional distinction made between the sacred and the secular in medieval healing, medical practice, and theory as evidenced in the historic, text record, and by material culture (sites and objects). The studies here are interdisciplinary and are grouped...

Arts of the Medieval Cathedrals: Studies on Architecture, Stained Glass and Sculpture in Honor of Anne Prache

Arts of the Medieval Cathedrals: Studies on Architecture, Stained Glass and Sculpture in Honor of Anne Prache

Kathleen Nolan, Dany Sandron
June 05, 2015

The touchstones of Gothic monumental art in France - the abbey church of Saint-Denis and the cathedrals of Chartres, Reims, and Bourges - form the core of this collection dedicated to the memory of Anne Prache. The essays reflect the impact of Prache’s career, both as a scholar of wide-ranging...

New Approaches to Medieval Architecture

New Approaches to Medieval Architecture

Robert Bork, William W. Clark, Abby McGehee
May 28, 2011

This collection of essays presents the exciting and innovative work being done in the field of medieval architectural history by scholars affiliated with AVISTA, one of the most active sponsors of such research in the Anglo-American scholarly community. These studies constitute a snapshot of the...

Working with Limestone: The Science, Technology and Art of Medieval Limestone Monuments

Working with Limestone: The Science, Technology and Art of Medieval Limestone Monuments

Vibeke Olson
February 28, 2011

This new volume in the AVISTA series focuses on the study of medieval limestone. As the principal building material in the Middle Ages and a prized medium for architectural sculpture, limestone played a significant role in medieval artistic manufacture. The choice of material inherently informed...

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