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COMING SOON: Building on the Past

Medieval and postmedieval essays in honour of Tom Beaumont James

Amanda Richardson and Mark Allen
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246 pages
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This lively publication will appeal to academics and members of the public alike. It brings together a series of papers reflecting the scholarship of Tom Beaumont James, emeritus professor at the University of Winchester, in advancing the study of medieval and early modern artefacts, buildings, gardens and towns. The seventeen essays represent substantive contributions on specific topics and many of the authors started out as Tom’s students. Some focus on buildings, others on people, some on documentary evidence and some on material culture. The chapters range chronologically from early medieval Southampton through sixteenth-century Winchester to an analysis of that city’s nineteenth-century censuses. Although the work coheres around central Southern England there are also papers on Edward I’s Tower of London, the medieval and early modern gardens of two Oxford Colleges, and the English occupation of Normandy in the fifteenth century.

Amanda Richardson is Senior Lecturer in Late Medieval History at the University of Chichester. Her PhD on the medieval forest and park of Clarendon, Wiltshire, was supervised by Tom James. Amanda’s main research avenue is medieval and postmedieval deer parks, and she has also published extensively on gender and space.

Mark Allen specialises in nineteenth-century social and economic history, and is Senior Lecturer in Modern History at the University of Winchester. With Tom James, he co-directs The Winchester Project, which traces the city’s property history from 1550 onwards. He has also published The 1871 Census of Winchester (2006) with Tom.

Contributors: Mark Allen, Paula Arthur, Jeremy A. Ashbee, James Ayres, Cheryl Butler, Anne Curry, Christopher M. Gerrard, Chris Given-Wilson, John Hare, David A. Hinton, Phil Marter, Susan K. Parkinson, Amanda Richardson, Edward Roberts, Mary South, Andrew Spicer, John Steane, Elizabeth Stuart, Barbara Yorke

‘This volume highlights the scholarship and teaching of Tom James, advancing study of the material past in England’s buildings, artefacts and gardens, in ways that celebrate Tom James’ contribution as a scholar of great places such as Clarendon Palace, and teacher at the University of Winchester.’ Dr Adrian Green, Durham University

‘The papers offer a useful collection of studies addressing medieval and later themes and topics. All are based on primary research and the volume as a whole makes a significant contribution to understanding of the physical and historical questions addressed in individual contributions.’ Ms Deirdre O’Sullivan, University of Leicester