Welcome to the Spring 2016 issue of Peregrinations: Journal of Medieval Art & Architecture. This issue is devoted to a series of interdisciplinary articles – half of them written by geographers and half by art historians – which explore the Maillezais Abbey in western France. Under the guidance (and editing) of Mickey Abel, the scholars mixed several methodologies including visual analysis, document analysis, field data, and geographic surveying. The result is a fascinating example of how different approaches can yield new and thought-provoking results, as discussed in the first article by Mickey Abel. This is followed by an example of Abel applying the mixed methodology to her own research in “Reconstruction of Maillezais Abbey’s Hydraulic Drainage Program and the Coastline it Created.” Dory Deines and Owen Wilson-Chavez then explore “Mapping Technologies to Understand Canal Development in the Vendée” and how Maillezais Abbey was a significant
contributor in the canal systems’ construction, enhancing its power in the area. Shana Thompson views the watery landscape of the area through literary fable as applied to landscape and political power in “Coudrette’s Mélusine: Mapping a Symbol of Regional Identity in Late Medieval Poitou.” Following this, LauraLee Brott, in “Reading Between the Lions: Mapping Meaning in a Surviving Capital at Maillezais Abbey,” investigates how the iconographic concept of man versus beast and landscape reflected the Church’s relationship with its natural surroundings. The art and architecture in medieval Poitou reflected the political and social struggle for control.
This issue also contains an in-depth book review of Janet T. Marquardt’s, Zodiaque: Making Medieval Modern,
1951-2001 by Lindsay Cook, and the Discoveries section includes accounts of the findings of an early-Byzantine mosaic map, an underground 5th-century church with brilliant frescoes, the recreated sounds of Byzantine Thessaloniki, Anglo-Saxon jewelry, a lost 12th-century castle, 13th-century insults and fresco paintings on church walls, dog prints, and submerged churches.
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. 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.