Heraldry, Pageantry and Social Display in Medieval England

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Peter R. Coss, Maurice Keen
Boydell Press, 2003 - History - 278 pages
Medieval culture was intensely visual. Although this has long been recognised by art historians and by enthusiasts for particular media, there has been little attempt to study social display as a subject in its own right. And yet, display takes us directly into the values, aspirations and, indeed, anxieties of past societies. In this illustrated volume a group of experts address a series of interrelated themes around the issue of display and do so in a way which avoids jargon and overly technical language. Among the themes are family and lineage, social distinction and aspiration, ceremony and social bonding, and the expression of power and authority. The media include monumental effigies, brasses, stained glass, rolls of arms, manuscripts, jewels, plate, seals and coins. Contributors: MAURICE KEEN, DAVID CROUCH, PETER COSS, CAROLINE SHENTON, ADRIAN AILES, FRÉDÉRIQUE LACHAUD, MARIAN CAMPBELL, BRIAN and MOIRA GITTOS, NIGEL SAUL, FIONN PILBROW, CAROLINE BARRON and JOHN WATTS.
 

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Contents

The Historian Lineage and Heraldry 10501250
17
Knighthood Heraldry and Social Exclusion in Edwardian England
39
and the Symbol of the Leopard
69
Symbols of Politics and Propaganda
83
Dress and Social Status in England before the Sumptuary Laws
105
Royal and Episcopal Patronage at Oxford
125
The Selection of Medieval Secular Effigies
143
Secular Display in English Medieval Brasses
169
Dubbing to Knighthood in Lancastrian
195
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