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'Can These Bones Come to Life?', Vol 2
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Edited by Michael A. Cramer

'Can These Bones Come to Life?', Vol 2
Paperback, 97 pages £20.00
Published: 2014
ISBN: 9781937439149
Format: 254mm x 178mm
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Subjects: Freelance Academy Press, History, Medieval Studies, Military History
Series: Insights from Reconstruction, Reenactment, and Re-creation

Understanding the past takes more forms than historiography. Since 2005, professional and amateur scholars have come together at the annual International Medieval Congress in Western Michigan University to discuss the role re-construction, re-enactment and re-creation can play in 'breathing life into these dry bones' to deepen our knowledge of the past. Under the sponsorship of the Higgins Armory Museum and the Oakeshott Institute, presenters have looked at subjects ranging from ore smelting to equitation to the use of recreation and reenactment in the classroom.

This volume brings together seven papers examining the depth and breadth in which experimental archaeology and textual analysis can come together to reveal the past. From glass beads to iron smelting, the profession of arms to the chivalric virtues of franchise and 'doing what one said they would do', this collection provides a unique insight into both the daily and intellectual life of medieval man. It will be of interest not only to professional historians, musicologists, literary scholars and art historians, but also to the vast army of impassioned and enthusiastic practitioners who endeavor, as a labor of love, to make the past come to life.

Introduction     Michael A. Cramer

There is No One True Art of the Sword     Russell Mitchell

"Forward Into The Past": Re-enactors and the Quest for Authenticity     Lisa Evans

Glass on Fire: Temperatures in Reconstructed Viking-era Bead Furnaces     Neil Peterson with Sarah Backa, Jean Ross, and Robert Schweitzer

An Iron Smelt in Vinland: An Experimental Investigation     Darrell Markewitz

The Chivalric Warrior as Man of His Word     Steven Muhlberger

"Seeking That Which Cannot Be Found": The use of Lancelot through Precursor Texts as Contemporary Social Commentary in The Once and Future King     Emerson Storm Fillman Richards

Franchise and Chivalric Identity     Michael A. Cramer

Michael Cramer is a communications professor at the City College of New York, actor and filmmaker. He is the author of A Confederacy of Whores: Media and Politics in George W. Bush's America (2008) and Medieval Fantasy as Performance (2010).

Publication Details:

 Paperback , 97 pages
 254mm x 178mm

BIC Code:
  HIS027000, HIS037010
 Freelance Academy Press


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