It’s been some time, but we think that this marvelous double issue here was worth the wait. So, welcome to the Autumn 2014 and Spring 2015 issues of Peregrinations: Journal of Medieval Art & Architecture. The first issue is devoted to how identity is signified by material and visual expressions connected to one particular location, here the Flemish Low Countries during the High Middle Ages. Edited by Elizabeth Moore Hunt and Richard A. Leson, the collection of essays touch on imagery and language from heraldry to specialized fortification reflecting a complex interaction in terms of tradition and new expectations. Jeff Rider examines how the author of Genealogia Flandrensium comitum creates a new history from competing sources, while Bailey K. Young and Laurent Verslype investigate how the patrons of the castle of Walhain-Saint-Paul in Walloon, Brabant used very particular fortification models to signify their power. On a smaller scale, Anne E. Lester explores the weighty and diplomatic heraldic meaning of the sumptuous Coffret of John of Montmirail, an issue that arises from the Psalter for the Count of Flanders (Royal Library of Belgium MS 10607) which uses carefully heraldic shields, riders, and animals to negotiate an urban presence in Ghent. Richard A. Leson studies how the now-fragmented tomb of Robert of Cassel in Warneton reflected the ambitions of the Franco-Flemish nobility. The second issue investigates underlying themes and functions of a diverse range of material and visual culture. Laura E. Cochrane explores why and how a Carolingian Copy of Boethius’s De institutione arithmetica was used for both sacred and secular purposes. Less concrete, but just as crucial, Elisa A. Foster traces the visual culture of religious processions at Le Puy-en-Velay. Dominique Hoche then examines the
appropriateness of studying medieval church wall paintings through the lens of modern graphic narratives. This issue also contains in-depth book reviews of Medieval and Later Ivories in the Courtauld Gallery: Complete Catalogue by Katherine Eve Baker, The Bernward Gospels: Art, Memory, and the Episcopate in Medieval Germany by Eliza Garrison, and Palace of the Mind: The Cloister of Silos and Spanish Sculpture of the Twelfth Century by Mickey Abel. This issue’s Discoveries section includes accounts of re-discovered treasures (4th-century glass paten, Byzantine-era church with quatrefoil baptismal font, a Viking hoard, and a dramatic pilgrim badge), archaeological discoveries of enameled Anglo-Saxon jewelry, a 9th-century ring with an Islamic inscription from a Spanish tomb, and more. Photobank The 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.
The Future 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. 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. Again, 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.
Programming and copy-editing: John Pepple.
Artistic Advising: Karen Gerhart.
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Peregrinations: Journal of Medieval Art & Architecture, ISSN 1554-8678 (online), is published periodically. Topics of research include: art and architectural history, medieval history and religion. Currently indexed in Directory of Open Access Journals, Project Muse, etc. It is published under Creative Commons License Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike (CC BY-NC-SA). Authors will retain copyright to their own articles, but Peregrinations asks to be credited. There are no subscription costs and no postage involved.