Laura Whatley (ed.). A Companion to Seals in the Middle Ages (Reading Medieval Sources 2)
Language: English. Category: Sigillography


     The book represents a cross-disciplinary collection of fourteen essays on medieval sigillography. As the chronological, temporal and geographic scope of the essays in the volume suggests, the study of the medieval seal — its manufacture, materiality, usage, iconography, inscription, and preservation — is a rich endeavour that demands collaboration across disciplines as well as between scholars working on material from different regions and periods.
Table of contents

L. Whatley. Introduction: Approaches to Medieval Seals and Sealing Practices

Materiality and Seals

E. Cwiertnia, A. Ailes et al. Analysis of the Materiality of Royal and Governmental Seals of England with a Focus on the Great Seals (11001300): Methodology and Findings

P. Dryburgh, E. Cwiertnia et al. Material Analysis of Seals Attached to the Barons’ Letter to the Pope

J. McEwan. Does Size Matter? Seals in England and Wales, ca.12001500

Historiography and Seals

O. Harris. Fragments of the Past: the Early Antiquarian Perception and Study of Seals in England

A. Ailes. Medieval Armorial Seals in The National Archives (UK)

Seals in Bureaucracy and Diplomatic

J. Shea. The Seals of the Judges of the Hippodrome: Drawing Data from Seals without Context

P. Hoskin. Administration and Identity: Episcopal Seals in England from the Eleventh to the Thirteenth Century

Power and Aspiration on Medieval Seals

A. Volkoff. Power, Family, and Identity: Social and Personal Elements in Byzantine Sigillography

A. Lehnertz. Two Seals of Muskinus the Jew (Moshe b. Yeḥiel, d. 1336), the Archbishop of Trier’s Negociator

E. Filipović. “Creatio Regni” in the Great Seal of Bosnian King Tvrtko Kotromanić

Elusive Seal Owners and Users

E. New. Reconsidering the Silent Majority: Non-Heraldic Personal Seals in Medieval Britain

M. Wójcik. Seals of the Wives of Silesian Knights in the Pre-Hussite Age (12591414)

Visual Culture and Seals

A. Jones. Coins as Seals in Lombard Italy

C. Simonet. The (Re-)Use of Ancient Gems and Coins: the Presence of Antiquity in Medieval Sigillography

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Publisher Brill
Language English
Pages 420
Illustrations b/w figures
Binding paperback
ISBN 978-90-04-39144-4
Creation date 2019
Size 16 х 24 cm

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