Welcome to the Autumn 2015 issue of Peregrinations: Journal of Medieval Art & Architecture. This issue is devoted to a series of thought-provoking and challenging articles. The first portion continues the investigation of the weird and wonderful world of medieval maps by editors Dan Terkla and Asa Mittman. Asa Mittman explores where a map should be and where it isn’t, while Arnold Otto investigates the visual and not-so-visual map of the Böddeken Cartulary. Then Chet Van Duzer discusses a graphic representation of a lost world map by the famed Henricus Martellus and why it should be accepted as accurate. The other articles which complete the issue also tackle notions of perception and choice. Rachel Dressler explores alabaster as a means of expressing identity and geographic origin, particularly Englishness in a manner never seen before. Greg Campbell questions how the traditional interpretation of pilgrim ampullae in the shape of scallop shells is an illusion. In fact, the
ampullae depict something quite different. Perception, evident and hidden, is explored in Nelly Shafik Ramzy’s article on fractal geometry and its role in the design and reception of Gothic architecture.
This issue also contains an in-depth book review of Matthew Champion’s book Medieval Graffiti: The Lost Voices of England’s Churches by William Anderson, and the Discoveries section includes accounts of a “flat-pack” Byzantine church being reconstructed in Oxford, re-discovered treasures (such as the remains of an Early-Christian basilica and a 14th-century obsidian ring, both in Bulgaria; a mosaic of Alexander the Great in a medieval temple in Israel; and a vast medieval palace under Old Sarum), and some welcome new technology that is most helpful for medievalists, including the digitization of the Vatican Library holdings and a medieval handwriting app.
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.
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. Assistant editor: Katherine Werwie. 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.