elcome to the Autumn 2013 issue of Peregrinations: Journal of Medieval Art & Architecture
. This is a truly stellar issue (if we say so ourselves) devoted to examples of complex, layered iconography and ritual practice throughout the Middle Ages. Feature articles include three inter-related works by distinguished scholar Roger E. Reynolds focusing on Eucharistic practice in the Carolingian period and beyond. Informed by a ninth-century tract that described the recommended appearance of host wafers, how they were to be laid out on the altar, and most importantly what they symbolized, Reynolds presents this edited tract as a basis for two essays on how the hosts became “Christ’s Money” and how that translated into elaborate Eucharistic adoration during the Carolingian period.
he adoration of the essence of Christ is also examined in an article by David Boffa examining how the image of the Holy Face was created in the Psalter and Hours of “Yolande of Soissons” to induce deep introspection through a deliberately difficult manner of access. Further investigation of seemingly simple iconography by Hanneke van Asperen reveals that generalized pilgrim souvenirs of the Annunciation are
actually intricate constructs that link them firmly to the active cult site of Aachen. Layers also play a role in uncovering the destroyed Barking Abbey in the article by Donna Alfano Bussell and Joseph M. McNamara, who use GIS (Geographical Information Systems) to present different kinds of historical and geographical information. Using this, they layered maps and satellite photos to recreate a sense of what was once a thriving nunnery. New ways to approach old art are the essence of the Material Collective, a new creative scholarly society presented by Rachel Dressler.
his issue also includes in-depth book reviews on Memory and Commemoration in Medieval Culture
by Luke A. Fidler and on Die Sammlung Mittelalterlicher Französischer Pilgerzeichen des Kunstgewerbemuseums in Prag und des Nationalmuseums Prag
by Hanneke van Asperen.
his issue’s Discoveries section includes accounts of re-discovered treasures (9th-century paintings in the Sudan, Crusader hospitals in the Holy Land), archaeological discoveries of jewelry made of glittering gold and a bronze ring that was used to poison inconvenient political opponents, and 3-D reconstructions of important monuments, from lost Swedish medieval towns to Tudor royal tombs.
he Photobank database continues to serve as a resource for scholars and teachers. Recent uploads include details of English parish churches. Please note that our Photobank has undergone considerable renovation and is now part of Digital Kenyon at Kenyon College. You can search by typing in a key word or name in the search box (e.g. Canterbury). The Photobank continues to grow with copyright-free images all downloadable for use in research and teaching.
or 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. We are interested in publishing articles that will undergo double-blind review as well as those which are subject only to regular editing processes, 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.
gain, welcome to Peregrinations
. Any suggestions or comments you have concerning the journal would be most welcome. Please feel free to e-mail us at: Sarah Blick (editor)
Our grateful appreciation and thanks for partial funding provided by Kenyon College. Technical Advisor: John Pepple. Artistic Advisor: Karen Gerhart.