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Seals and their context in the Middle Ages

Author: Phillipp R Schofield
Publisher: Oxford [England] ; Philadelphia : Oxbow Books, 2015.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Conference publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"This book offers an extensive overview of approaches to and the potential of sigillography, as well as introducing a wider readership to the range, interest and artistry of medieval seals. Seals were used throughout medieval society in a wide range of contexts: royal, governmental, ecclesiastical, legal, in trade and commerce and on an individual and personal level. The fourteen papers presented here focus  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Conference papers and proceedings
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Schofield, Phillipp R., 1964-
Seals and their context in the Middle Ages
Philadelphia : Oxbow Books, [2015]
(DLC) 2015005035
Material Type: Conference publication
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Phillipp R Schofield
ISBN: 9781782978176 1782978178
OCLC Number: 902801584
Notes: Papers presented at a conference held at Aberystwyth University and the National Library of Wales in April, 2012.
Description: viii, 205 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 29 cm
Contents: This is a seal / P.D.A. Harvey --
I. Seals, status, and power --
The seals of King Henry II and his court / Nicholas Vincent --
The declaration on the Norman Church (1205): a study in Norman sigillography / Daniel Power --
Making an impression: seals as signifiers of individual and collective rank in the upper aristocracy in England and the Empire in the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries / Jörg Peltzer --
Making a mark in medieval London: the social and economic status of seal-makers / John McEwan --
II. Seals, law and practice --
Seals and stars. Law, magic, and the bureaucratic process (twelfth-thirteenth centuries) / Brigitte Miriam Bedos-Rezak --
Governmental seals of Richard I / Adrian Ailes --
Seals and the law in thirteenth century England / Paul Brand --
Iustitia, notaries and lawyers: the law and seals in late medieval Italy / John Cherry --
Family identity: the seals of the Longespées / Brian Kemp --
III. Seals, sources and their context --
(Un)conventional images. A case-study of radial motifs on personal seals / Elizabeth A. New --
Memorialising the glorious past. Thirteenth-century seals from English cathedral priories and their artistic contexts / Markus Späth --
Putting seals on the map: Francise Blomefield's Plan of the City of Norwich, 1746, and the constitution of civic history / T. A. Heslop and Matthew Sillence --
Seal finds in Wales / David H. Williams.
Responsibility: edited by Phillipp R. Schofield.
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"This book offers an extensive overview of approaches to and the potential of sigillography, as well as introducing a wider readership to the range, interest and artistry of medieval seals. Seals were used throughout medieval society in a wide range of contexts: royal, governmental, ecclesiastical, legal, in trade and commerce and on an individual and personal level. The fourteen papers presented here focus primarily on British material but there is also useful reference to continental Europe. The volume is divided into three sections looking at the history and use of seals as symbols and representations of power and prestige in a variety of institutional, dynastic and individual contexts, their role in law and legal practice, and aspects of their manufacture, sources and artistic attributes. Importantly and distinctively, the volume moves beyond the study of high status seals to consider such themes as the social and economic status of seal-makers, the nature and meaning -- including reflections of deliberate wit and boastfulness -- of specific motifs employed at various levels of society, and the distribution of seals in relation to the location of, for instance, religious institutions and along major routeways. In so doing, it sets out ways in which sigillography can open new pathways into the study of non-elites and their cultures in medieval society."--Provided by publisher.

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