The Medieval Hall: The Basis of Secular Domestic Life, 600-1600 Ad M.W. Thompson

ISBN: 9781859280812

Published: August 28th 1995

Hardcover

212 pages


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The Medieval Hall: The Basis of Secular Domestic Life, 600-1600 Ad  by  M.W. Thompson

The Medieval Hall: The Basis of Secular Domestic Life, 600-1600 Ad by M.W. Thompson
August 28th 1995 | Hardcover | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, audiobook, mp3, RTF | 212 pages | ISBN: 9781859280812 | 4.15 Mb

This is the first general account of the history of the great hall in Britain and continental Europe from Anglo-Saxon times to the late middle ages. Using a wide range of literary and archaeological sources in combination with close examination ofMoreThis is the first general account of the history of the great hall in Britain and continental Europe from Anglo-Saxon times to the late middle ages. Using a wide range of literary and archaeological sources in combination with close examination of standing halls and remains, Michael Thompson describes and interprets the development of one of the dominant architectural features of medieval life.

He also examines the social functions of the hall - the hall-culture, a way of life turning on the great room at the social and physical centre of secular and religious communities. This broad, well-illustrated and ambitious review will be of great interest to architectural historians, of course, but its social-cultural approach makes it equally valuable to students of medieval history and literature. It informs and is informed by studies of literary sources as diverse as Beowulf and Gawain, monastic rules and Arthurian poetry.



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