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- DescriptionAn important and timely volume...an elegant summary of complex theory, and synthesis of an impressive body of material. It will be eagerly read by current and future generations of archaeologists, and will demonstrate the significance of historical archaeology to a much wider scholarly audience. Dr Kate Giles, University of York. The aim of this book is to explore how medieval life was actually lived - how people were born and grew old, how they dressed, how they inhabited their homes, the rituals that gave meaning to their lives and how they prepared for death and the afterlife. Its fresh and original approach uses archaeological evidence to reconstruct the material practices of medieval life, death and the afterlife. Previous historical studies of the medieval lifecycle begin with birth and end with death. Here, in contrast, the concept of life course theory is developed for the first time in a detailed archaeological case study. The author argues that medieval Christian understanding of the life course commenced with conception and extended through the entirety of life, to include death and the afterlife. Five thematic case studies present the archaeology of medieval England (c.1050-1540 CE) in terms of the body, the household, the parish church and cemetery, and the relationship between the lives of people and objects. A wide range of sources is critically employed: osteology, costume, material culture, icography and evidence excavated from houses, churches and cemeteries in the medieval English town and countryside. Medieval Life reveals the intimate and everyday relations between age groups, between the living and the dead, and between people and things. Roberta Gilchrist is Professor of Archaeology at the University of Reading.
- Author BiographyRoberta Gilchrist is a professor of Archaeology at the University of Reading and a fellow of the British Academy. Her publications include Gender and Material Culture: the Archaeology of Religious Women (1994) and Gender and Archaeology: Contesting the Past (1999).
- Author(s)Roberta Gilchrist
- PublisherBoydell & Brewer Ltd
- Date of Publication19/07/2012
- Place of PublicationWoodbridge
- Country of PublicationUnited Kingdom
- First Published2012
- ImprintThe Boydell Press
- Content Note98, 36 black & white illustrations, 18 colour illustrations, 44 black & white line drawings, 18 colour, 36 black and white, 44 line drawing
- Weight1088 g
- Width174 mm
- Height248 mm
- Spine29 mm
- Format DetailsCloth over boards
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