Everyday Products in the Middle Ages: Crafts, Consumption and the individual in Northern Europe c. AD 800-1600 [Paperback]

Gitte Hansen(Editor); Steven Ashby(Editor); Irene Baug(Editor)

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ISBN: 9781789252118 | Published by: Oxbow Books | Year of Publication: 2019 | Language: English 352p, b/w and col. illustrations
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Everyday Products in the Middle Ages


The medieval marketplace is a familiar setting in popular and academic accounts of the Middle Ages, but we actually know very little about the people involved in the transactions that took place there, how their lives were influenced by those transactions, or about the complex networks of individuals whose actions allowed raw materials to be extracted, hewn into objects, stored and ultimately shipped for market. Twenty diverse case studies combine leading edge techniques and novel theoretical approaches to illuminate the identities and lives of these much overlooked ordinary people, painting of a number of detailed portraits to explore the worlds of actors involved in the lives of everyday products - objects of bone, leather, stone, ceramics, and base metal - and their production and use in medieval northern Europe. In so doing, this book seeks to draw attention away from the emergent trend to return to systems and global models, and restore to centre stage what should be the archaeologist’s most important concern: the people of the past.

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"“Occasionally in the case of edited books on feels a bit short-changed… Here, however, at a pretty affordable price, a full 21 papers are offered, nearly all linked closely to the ‘Individual’ of the volume’s title, and all adding often fascinating and informative insights into production and consumption… the whole volume will, I am sure, bring alive to all readers many of these ‘everyday’ craftspeople, products and process of the early to late medieval North European world.” "
Neil Christie

"“So much archaeological research on the medieval period purports to be about people but is actually about processes and ‘-isms’. In this volume, however, while the broad concepts and issues are never farm from the surface, real people making everyday items are at the forefront, and their decisions, practices, skills and knowledge – plus something of the hustle and bustle of daily life – emerge vividly from the detailed accounts presented in individual chapters, most of which are well supported by illustrations.” "
Dawn Hadley

""...the archaeological analysis takes scholars to topics that are otherwise ignored by textual sources.""

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