Welcome to the fifth issue of Peregrinations. We are honored to have James Bugslag serve as guest editor for a great series of three articles presenting innovative research on local pilgrimage art in the later Middle Ages. Buglag, with keen insight, explains the issues facing researchers in this area. His introduction is followed by two inspired articles by Yvonne Yiu and Anders Fröjmark which analyze how popular demand influenced official Church artwork and how the Church responded, adopting the widespread demand for local cults within more orthodox and acceptable theological and practical parameters.
Separate from this special section, we are honored to present two excellent scholarly studies. Paula Mae Carns’ article examines the cult of Saint Louis and how it was used to further Capetian interests in the famed Hours of Jeanne d'Evreux, while Hanneke van Asperen has shown re-identification of several pilgrim badges reveal a long-overlooked cult of Saint Armel of Brittany in England.
Two sections make their inaugural appearance this issue: Discoveries/Short Essays and Miscellanea. The first will feature short essays on preliminary findings or hypotheses and various scholarly thoughts and topics— one in this issue, by Mark A. Hall, ponders whether fossil scallop shells were re-used in the Middle Ages and another is a report on recent discoveries of silver-gilt and silver pilgrim badges. The second section brings to the fore short quotes from the Middle Ages that may be of interest and amusement as well as those relevant to the study of medieval art.
Rounding out the scholarly core of this issue, we are delighted to present a discerning look at some select saints in modern film by Mark A. Hall, featured website (William Allen’s Image Archive), short notices on new archaeological and architectural discoveries, and calls for papers and conferences. Our photobank continues to grow, with copyright-free images of exceptional quality. In hopes of making the task of obtaining that perfect photo easier, we invite you to check out Photoshare a community bulletin board, where scholars can request specific images from fellow art historians and lovers of medieval art. Continuing in this issue is the on-going series of stunning photos of the Architecture on the Pilgrimage Road to Santiago de Compostela taken by William J. Smither – all downloadable for use in research and teaching.
For future issues we are actively seeking articles on any aspect of medieval art and architecture, including: long and short scholarly articles, scholarly book reviews, review articles on issues facing the field of medieval art history, interesting notes and announcements, useful website recommendations, new archeological discoveries, and recent museum acquisitions as well as calls for papers and conference listings. We are interested in publishing articles that will undergo double-blind review as well as those which are subject only to regular editing process, including articles that are the result of preliminary research. We are also looking for images to add to our photobank, to be shared and used by anyone in the classroom and in their research. To round out the scholarly portion of the journal, we are also seeking short, amusing excerpts from medieval sources, comments on the Middle Ages in movies and popular culture, etc.
Last, but not least, we are combining the photoshare with a reader comment section where you can respond to the journal – to ideas presented in articles, to the selection of items for inclusion, or to any aspect of Peregrinations which might prompt your response.
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“It may look messy now but just you come back in 500 years time" – Terry Pratchett
Peregrinations, ISSN 1554-8678 (online), is published 3-4 times annually by the International Society for the Study of Pilgrimage Art. Topics of research include: art and architectural history, medieval history and religion. Currently indexed in Directory of Open Access Journals, Project Muse, etc. There are no subscription costs and no postage involved. For editorial and advertiser information, see http://peregrinations.kenyon.edu/about.html.