Welcome to this issue of Peregrinations: Journal of Medieval Art & Architecture featuring articles on a wide range of subjects and approaches. Interdisciplinary, or the more-trendy term “interdiscplinarity,” is at the center of many academic discussions. To that end, this issue of Peregrinations features several articles which approach works of art and architecture in a manner quite different from art historians. We are delighted to present the different disciplinary approaches of History, Geography, and Anthropology. Information brought forth by these researchers is quite different and, we believe, will be of great use to art historians who work on similar objects and in similar areas. In this issue we are also privileged to present several articles that use more familiar theoretical and practical approaches to Art History.
A major subsection, guest edited by Margaret Cormack, explores how, as Cormack herself notes, “the arrangement of church dedications in a landscape, may reflect pilgrimage or trade routes, mountain passes, political alliances, and various types of localized commercial activity. Knowledge of the dedication of a church – or of a miracle credited to a saint at a specific location – can provide evidence for the identification of paintings or other objects and can suggest reasons for the dedication of churches or chapels or for the purchase of statues.“ The three articles in this section trace records of church dedications to provide evidence of intellectual, artistic, and social trends and of the speed with which innovation could spread. Margaret Cormack investigates church dedications and records of where certain works of art were known to be situated in the Diocese of Hólar in Iceland. Michael Costen, using documents that pinpoint dedications, dates of fairs, holy wells, and more, researches how there were three successive layers of dedications to be found in the Diocese of Bath and Wells, reflecting changing religious and politcal sentiment. Donald Prudlo examines the spread of the popular cults of St. Thomas Becket and Peter of Verona, and how the distribution of recorded miracles allows us to trace their continuing popularity or their fade into relative obscurity. All three articles make use of the latest geographical database technologies that allow scholars to track and map historical developments.
Other featured articles using interdisciplinary approaches include the work of Saltanat Rzayeva, an anthropologist who traces the very ancient traditions through early medieval depictions of deer, explaining how their meaning changed to suit new religious beliefs. Matthew Champion explores the historical difficulties of honoring a bequest to build a chapel that, for various intriguing reasons, was unwanted. Indeed, outside of a few stones, these documents are all that remain of a once-important chapel.
Traditional art-historical methodology is found in the articles of Bobbie Dykema, who focuses on the relationship of memory and morality in medieval bestiaries, Emma J. Wells, who explores how the senses enhanced and directed the pilgrimage experience at Canterbury Cathedral and York Minster, and Grazia Maria Fachechi, who proposes a new a classification structure for cataloging and understanding mixed-media sculpture in medieval Europe.
This issue also includes Short Notices and Discoveries sections. Short Notices contains an obituary honoring the archaeologist Geoff Egan, a short article investigating a pilgrimage in the steps (physically and spiritually) of St. Francis, and an essay by Francisco Javier Ocaña Eiroa exploring 50 fascinating historical ideas about The Way of Saint James. Discoveries include reportage on a wide range of finds from the earliest Christian art to the surprise discovery of a portrait of Henry VIII on a wall painting of a house once owned by a court favorite. There are also links to new image websites, which make their high-quality images available for for educational and scholarly uses at no cost. The highlight of these is the work of Genevra Kornbluth and her historical archive of medieval metalwork, glass, and more.
More links have been added to the Links page, and this issue features the site of Medieval Hungary. We also, as usual, list calls for papers, conferences, research announcements and more.
Note that our Photobank has undergone considerable renovation and should be much easier to use. Please click on the underlined phrase on its opening page that states “Look for our new site design and features coming soon!..." otherwise the database will not work properly. The Photobank continues to grow with copyright-free images 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.
Again, welcome to Peregrinations. Any suggestions or comments you have concerning the journal would be most welcome. Please feel free to e-mail us: Sarah Blick or Rita Tekippe. Our grateful appreciation and thanks for partial funding provided by Kenyon College.
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