Medieval Offers from Casemate Academic
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Medieval Offers from Casemate Academic

We have copies of the new title Masterpieces: Early Medieval Art from the British Museum Press in stock.  This has been published to coincide with the re-opening of the Museum's gallery covering this period and features an extraordinary range of 150 objects including jewellery, weaponry and religious artifacts.  Full of color images, it is beautifully designed and contains specially commissioned photography.

We also have many other wonderful Medieval titles to offer from publishers including the Museum of London Archaeology, Oxbow Books, Prospect Books, and Maney Publishing.

To receive a 20% discount use the code 584-14 at the check out. This offer is valid until the end of March. View the full selection below, or click the link here!
Masterpieces: Early Medieval Art

Sonja Marzinzik

This beautiful volume presents a history of Europe and the Mediterranean from the end of the Roman Empire to the twelfth century, as told through objects in the British Museum. Richly illustrated, this book will showcase some of the collection’s most outstanding and internationally renowned artefacts, such as the Projecta Casket, the treasures from the Sutton Hoo ship burial and the Fuller Brooch. The discussion of each object will provide a fascinating insight into their makers and owners as well as the world in which they were created. Drawn from all the major cultures of the period and covering an extensive geographical and chronological sweep, this publication celebrates the artistic accomplishment of objects made from a varied and attractive array of materials such as gold, silver, precious stones, ivory, glass, ceramics and textiles. This approach bridges the gap that is commonly presented between the Mediterranean and the North of Europe, the Empire (whether Roman or Byzantine) and the ‘barbarian’ world in a period that saw Christianity established as a major religion as well as the rise of Islam.

RRP: $50.00
Special Offer Price: $40.00
The Stone of Life
The Stone of Life: Querns, Mills and Flour Production in Europe up to c. 500 AD
This book is about the archaeology querns and mills, simple stone instruments which are vital to survival in a society which adopts bread as its staple. They become the ‘stones of life’, an essential ingredient in the subsistence strategy of settled agriculturalists.  It might be expected that as querns and mills are commonplace in archaeology, they would be key artefacts, studied exhaustively. However, they have been woefully neglected, although in the last decade there has been burgeoning interest throughout much of Europe and because of this, it is timely to survey the subject, adopting a broad viewpoint.  A study on this scale has not been attempted since the late nineteenth century when Bennett and Elton published their magisterial work on the History of corn milling.
RRP: $72.00
Offer Price: $57.60
Cunedda, Cynan, Cadwallon, Cynddylan
Cunedda, Cynan, Cadwallon, Cynddylan: Four Welsh Poems and Britain 383–655
The early Welsh poems concern four independently documented military leaders of the post-Roman Migration Period: Cunedda son of Aeternus (active AD 383 × c. 490), Cynan son of Brochfael (active c. 570 × c. 610), Cadwallon son of Cadfan (active c. 620–634/635), and Cynddylan son of Cyndrwyn (active c. 635–655). New editions, translations, and interpretations are accompanied by notes and commentary. The principal focus is on the historical value and implications of the poems as primary evidence for the foundation of the kingdoms of Wales and Anglo-Saxon England. A better understanding is now possible following recent advances in Welsh lexicography.
RRP: $29.95
Offer Price: $23.96
Crop Protection in Medieval Agriculture
Crop Protection in Medieval Agriculture: Studies in pre-modern organic agriculture
Mediterranean and West European pre-modern agriculture (agriculture before 1600) was by necessity ‘organic agriculture’. Crop protection is part and parcel of this agriculture, with weed control in the forefront. Crop protection is embedded in the medieval agronomy text books but specialised sections do occur. Weeds, insects and diseases are described but identification in modern terms is not easy. The reality of pest outbreaks and other damages is explored as to frequency, intensity, and extent. Information on the practical use of the recommended treatments is scanty. If applied, their effectiveness remains enigmatic. Three medieval agronomists are at the heart of this book, but historical developments in crop protection from early Punic, Greek, and Roman authors to the first modern author are outlined. The readership of these writers was the privileged class of landowners but hints pointing to the exchange of ideas between them and the common peasant were found. Consideration is given to the pre-modern reasoning in matters of crop protection. Comparison of pre-modern crop protection and its counterpart in modern organic agriculture is difficult because of drastic changes in the relation between crop areas and non-crop areas, and because of the great difference in yield levels then and now, with several associated differences.
RRP: $70.00
Offer Price: $56.00
The Culinary Recipes of Medieval England
The Culinary Recipes of Medieval England
The great advantage for students of medieval English cookery is that there is an identifiable corpus of evidence in the manuscripts that have survived to the present day. Although there may be some new discoveries, in general terms the corpus is relatively stable. The beauty of this book is that it addresses the corpus as a whole and abstracts from it paradigm recipes for every medieval dish that we know about. With this book therefore a student can ask ‘How did they cook rabbit stew?’ and find a definitive answer, in modern English, with full references. This is a great step forward and the book will stand as a monument to the untiring efforts of the late Constance Hieatt to understand and interpret English cookery of the middle ages. The book is organised by category of dish (Pottage; Meat Dishes; Poultry and Game Birds; Fish; Eggs and Dairy Dishes; Sauces and Condiments, and Baked Dishes). For each dish the editor has chosen what is in her view the most typical example and, citing the source, translates the original text.
RRP: $60.00
Offer Price: $48.00
Everyday Life in Viking Towns
Everyday Life in Viking-Age Towns: Social Approaches to Towns in England and Ireland, c. 800-1100
The study of early medieval towns has frequently  concentrated on urban beginnings, the search for broadly applicable definitions of urban characteristics and the chronological development of towns. Far less attention has been paid to the experience of living in towns. The thirteen chapters in this book bring together the current state of knowledge about Viking-Age towns (c. 800–1100) from both sides of the Irish Sea, focusing on everyday life in and around these emerging settlements. What was it really like to grow up, live, and die in these towns?  What did people eat, what did they wear, and how did they make a living for themselves? Although historical sources are addressed, the emphasis of the volume is overwhelmingly archaeological, paying homage to the wealth of new material that has become available since the advent of urban archaeology in the 1960s.
RRP: $65.00
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The Elizabethan Garden at Kenilworth Castle
The Elizabethan Garden at Kenilworth Castle
The garden created by Robert Dudley, Earl of Leicester, at Kenilworth Castle in the early 1570s was one of the wonders of Elizabethan England. It is also the best documented of all the great gardens of its age, providing the starting point for English Heritages ambitious re-creation in 2009. This beautifully illustrated book presents the extensive research that informed the scheme and describes the process by which the new garden was designed. Seventeen chapters, written by specialists and experts in the field, range widely, covering: the place of Kenilworth in garden history; the Earl of Leicester as a cultural patron and his work at Kenilworth; the results of the excavation of the garden site; detailed consideration of key aspects of the Elizabethan garden, including the fountain and the aviary; and important new work on the early Elizabethan flower garden. The overall philosophy of re-creating the garden and the practical aspects of doing so, are also considered. This book represents a major addition to the study of English garden history.
RRP: $80.00
Offer Price: $64.00
Der Computus Gerlandi
Der Computus Gerlandi: Edition, Übersetzung und Erläuterungen
The computist Gerland, who flourished in the second half of the eleventh century, was considered one of the real masters of his craft. His accounting of the years, according to which the years of the Lord were reduced by seven, and his “more natural computus” with tables of new moons, adjusted to a solar eclipse in the year 1094, enjoyed a considerably high reputation for well over a century. Had Gerland’s accounting prevailed, we would now be writing in the year 2006 instead of 2013. His chief work, comprised of two books, is available for the first time in a single edition. On the basis of thirty-six manuscripts, this edition contains a thorough critical apparatus. The dependencies among the manuscripts were researched with the cladistics method developed for biological research. The edition is supplemented through further texts, which were copied with Gerland Computus, as well as translations and commentaries. The appendix includes an edition of Gerland’s tract on the abacus, derived from nineteen manuscripts and a CD with the complete duplicates of individual sources as well as a concordance.  German text.
RRP: $111.00
Offer Price: $88.80
Romanesque and the Past
Romanesque and the Past: Retrospection in the Art and Architecture of Romanesque Europe
The nineteen papers collected in this volume explore a notable phenomenon, that of retrospection in the art and architecture of Romanesque Europe. They arise from a conference organized by the British Archaeological Association in 2010, and reflect its interest in how and why the past manifested itself in the visual culture of the 11th and 12th centuries. This took many forms, from the casual re-use of ancient material to a specific desire to re-present or emulate earlier objects and buildings. Central to it is a concern for the revival of Roman and early medieval forms, spolia, selective quotation, archaism and the construction of histories.
RRP: $95.00
Offer Price: $76.00
The Mediterranean Artistic Context of Late Medieval Malta
The Mediterranean Artistic Context of Late Medieval Malta, 1091-1530
This book studies the Mediterranean context of art and architecture in the Maltese Islands between 1091, when they made their first contact with the newly imposed Norman government of Sicily and South Italy, and 1530, when they passed under the control of the Knights of St John. A primary concern has been to establish a meaningful politico-economical and socio-religious context to the art and architecture of a period that can be loosely called Late Medieval. This was a time when the islands where very much a melting pot of cultural cross-currents blowing from Islamic North Africa and Latin Christian Europe. The coming together of these different and often antagonistic cultural traditions lie at the root of the Maltese national identity. This study also shows that influences came not only from Sicily, South Italy and North Africa, but also from more distant Mediterranean regions and sometimes from quite unexpected sources.
RRP: $85.00
Offer Price: $68.00
A Maritime Archaeology of Ships
A Maritime Archaeology of Ships: Innovation and Social Change in Late Medieval and Early Modern Europe
In the last fifty years the investigation of maritime archaeological sites in the sea, in the coastal zone and in their interconnecting locales, has emerged as one of archaeology's most dynamic and fast developing fields. No longer a niche interest, maritime archaeology is recognised as having central relevance in the integrated study of the human past. Within maritime archaeology the study of watercraft has been understandably prominent and yet their potential is far from exhausted. In this book Jon Adams evaluates key episodes of technical change in the ways that ships were conceived, designed, built, used and disposed of. As technological puzzles they have long confounded explanation but when viewed in the context of the societies in which they were created, mysteries begin to dissolve. Shipbuilding is social practice and as one of the most complex artefacts made, changes in their technology provide a lens through which to view the ideologies, strategies and agency of social change. Adams argues that the harnessing of shipbuilding was one of the ways in which medieval society became modern and, while the primary case studies are historical, he also demonstrates that the relationships between ships and society have key implications for our understanding of prehistory in which seafaring and communication had similarly profound effects on the tide of human affairs.
RRP: $50.00
Offer Price: $40.00
The Medieval Kirk, Cemetery and Hospice at Kirk Ness, North Berwick
The Medieval Kirk, Cemetery and Hospice at Kirk Ness, North Berwick: the Scottish Seabird Centre Excavations 1999-2006
Between 1999-2006 Addyman Archaeology carried out extensive archaeological excavations on the peninsular site of Kirk Ness, North Berwick, during the building, landscaping and extension of the Scottish Seabird Centre.  This book presents the results of these works but its scope is much broader.   Against the background of important new discoveries made at the site it brings together and re-examines all the evidence for early North Berwick – archaeological, historical, documentary, pictorial and cartographic – and includes much previously unpublished material.  An essential new resource, it opens a fascinating window on the history of the ancient burgh.
 RRP: $60.00
Offer Price: $48.00
Religion in Medieval London
Religion in Medieval London: the archaeology of belief
Religious belief was central to the lives - and deaths - of all medieval Londoners. Religion was fully integrated into the social and political order, providing the population with an understanding of their place in the world and inspiring artists, architects and craftspeople. Belief motivated progressive acts such as early forms of social provision and medical care but was also used to justify wars of conquest and the brutal repression of diversity. Archaeology sheds light on many aspects of belief: from organised religion, both Christianity and Judaism, to superstition or witchcraft; places of worship from the smallest parish churches to the great Cathedral of St Paul; tiny objects of personal devotion to entire monastic landscapes. Monasteries include communities cut off from the world, hospitals providing for London's poor or the headquarters of military religious orders behind the Crusades. Cemetery excavations reveal how Londoners responded to mortality both individually and together in the face of catastrophes such as the Black Death, while the events of the Reformation dramatically transformed both institutions and beliefs. This fully illustrated book provides an introduction to the evidence of belief from the Museum of London's archaeological excavations in the capital, with a particular focus on the programme of work, supported by English Heritage, on the sites of many of London's monasteries.
RRP: $30.00
Offer Price: $24.00
Traditional Buildings in the Oxford Region
Traditional Buildings in the Oxford Region
This book, the fruit of twenty years research, provides an account of vernacular architecture in the Oxford region from Anglo-Saxon times to the 19th century. It begins with a discussion of methods and procedures followed by a description of building materials, stone, brick, slate and thatch. This serves as an introduction to the heart of the book; eleven chapters dealing with surveys of cruck buildings, manorial and moated sites, town houses with particular emphasis on Abingdon, and houses in the countryside from farmhouses to cottages.
RRP: $90.00
Offer Price: $72.00
Die Ordnung der Kommunikation und die Kommunikation der Ordnungen. Bd. 2
Die Ordnung der Kommunikation und die Kommunikation der Ordnungen. Bd. 2: Zentralität: Papsttum und Orden im Europa des 12. und 13. Jahrhunderts
The papacy and the vita religiosa, the world of cloisters and religious orders, were the two sole institutional forms of life in the Middle Ages, which could claim for themselves a universal validity. Through the formation of complex communicative structures and innovative forms of organization both accepted, from the twelfth century on, a part in the foundation of a “European cultural space.” Against this background stands the analytical comparison of papacy and vita religiosa as correlative systems of communication at the center of two meetings at the German-Italian Center for European Excellent at the Villa Vigoni (Deutsch-Italienischen Zentrum für Europäische Exzellenz), whose conclusions are now available in a two volume publication. The studies offered in the two volumes are concerned with the role of the Roman curia in the trans-regional arbitration of religious norms and cultural values as universal perceptions of order and, at the same time, inquire about the part of religious orders in these processes of arbitration. German text.
RRP: $84.00
Offer Price: $67.20
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