Volume 9, Issue 1 (2024)

Welcome! This issue focuses on research that reexamines images and suggests new, exciting approaches to understanding complicated imagery and thought. Richard Leson grapples with how the iconography of the Coucy donjon tympanum and the Table of Homage has been obscured by imaginative renditions, later artistic flourishes, and local legends. Louise Martinez focuses on an exquisite sapphire ring whose inscription claims exceptional power to counteract poison by involving the 13th-14th-century understanding of concepts of natural power and disease. Eleanor Myerson introduces a new way to uncover now-lost pilgrim badges that once adorned manuscripts using UV light. This enhances our knowledge of personal devotional practice by using traces of now-absent imagery. This is followed by a short piece introducing the new and yet old world of Medieval Zines by Sarah Blick

This issue is a little shorter than normal, but the brevity is more than worth it. Rest assured, the following issues will contain the typical number of fascinating articles.

Feature Articles

Ongoing Feature: Photobank

The Photobank database continues to serve as a resource for scholars and teachers. Please note that our Photobank has undergone considerable renovation and is now part of Digital Kenyon at Kenyon College. You can search by typing a key word or name in the search box (e.g. Canterbury). The Photobank continues to grow with copyright-free images all downloadable for use in research and teaching.

The Future

For future issues we are actively seeking articles on any aspect of medieval art and architecture, including: long and short scholarly articles, scholarly book reviews, review articles on issues facing the field of medieval art history, interesting notes and announcements, useful website recommendations, new archeological discoveries, and recent museum acquisitions. We are interested in publishing articles that will undergo double-blind review as well as those which are subject only to regular editing processes, including articles that are the result of preliminary research. We are also looking for images to add to our photobank, to be shared and used by anyone in the classroom and in their research. To round out the scholarly portion of the journal, we are also seeking short, amusing excerpts from medieval sources, comments on the Middle Ages in movies and popular culture, etc.