New Book by CMS Alumnus Philip Slavin

BrethrenCongratulations to Philip Slavin (PhD 2008). His new book “Bread and Ale for the Brethren” has just been published by the University of Hertfordshire Press.

From the description: “By 1300, England and other West-European countries had undergone a significant degree of commercialisation. More and more communities, both urban and rural, depended on an efficient network of local markets to obtain the goods they needed, in particular for their food. Yet in spite of this, some landed lords and, most notably, monasteries and convents continued to rely on the produce of their own estates, even though there were significant costs and risks associated with the production, transportation and storage of their own food. Philip Slavin sets out to account for this puzzling situation through an in-depth study of the changing patterns and fortunes of the provisioning of Norwich Cathedral Priory between c.1260 and 1536. Close analysis of contemporary archival sources reveals that the Priory made a deliberate choice, dictated by various economic, social and environmental factors and which, altogether, made isolation from the market a profitable, and very rational, option.”

For more information see the publisher’s website.

New Publication by Isabelle Cochelin

Congratulations to Isabelle Cochelin on the publication of Medieval Lifecycles: Continuity and Change, a volume she co-edited with Karen Smyth. The book also contains articles by two CMS alumnae, Mary Dzon and Jessie Sherwood.

“The essays in this collection present new research into a variety of questions on birth, childhood, adolescence, adulthood, middle age, and old age, ordered in a more or less chronological manner according to the lifecycle. The volume exposes attitudes and representations of the lifecycle from the Anglo-Saxon period to the end of the Middle Ages as being full of inconsistencies as well as definitive categories, and of variation and stasis. This attests to the fact that medieval conceptions and representations of the stages of life and their interrelationships are much more nuanced and less idealized than is usually credited. Medieval conceptual, mental, artistic, cultural, and sociological processes are scrutinized using various approaches and methods that cross disciplinary boundaries.”

For more information see the publisher’s website.