By Clare A. Lees, Gillian R. Overing
Medievalists have a lot to achieve from a thoroughgoing contemplation of position. If landscapes are home windows onto human job, they attach us with medieval humans, allowing us to invite questions about their senses of area and position. In a spot to think In Clare Lees and Ggillian Overing brings jointly students of medieval literature, archaeology, background, faith, paintings heritage, and environmental reports to discover the belief of position in medieval non secular tradition.
The essays in a spot to think In show areas actual and imagined, historic and smooth: Anglo-Saxon Northumbria (home of Whitby and BedeÂ’s monastery of Jarrow), Cistercian monasteries of overdue medieval Britain, pilgrimages of brain and soul in Margery Kempe, the ruins of Coventry Cathedral in 1940, and representations of the sacred panorama in todayÂ’s Pacific Northwest. A energy of the gathering is its understanding of the truth that medieval and glossy viewpoints converge in an event of position and body a newly created house the place the literary, the historic, and the cultural are in ongoing negotiation with the geographical, the non-public, and the cloth.
Featuring a unusual array of students, a spot to think In may be of significant curiosity to students throughout medieval fields drawn to the interaction among medieval and glossy rules of position. members are Kenneth Addison, Sarah Beckwith, Stephanie Hollis, Stacy S. Klein, Fred Orton, Ann Marie Rasmussen, Diane Watt, Kelley M. Wickham-Crowley, Ulrike Wiethaus, and Ian wooden.
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40 This would have required using the maximum area made available by the plateau and thus breaking with a fort’s usual four-sided, playing-card shape. Nevertheless, a certain measure of standardization in some of the Wall forts has been discerned, and Bewcastle may conform to that standard despite its atypical shape. Several forts, for example, no matter what their area, have 580 feet as the length of either the main or minor axis. At Chesters/Cilurnum, Birdoswald, Burgh-bySands/Aballava, and Bowness, the main axis is 580 feet.
We had gone to Whitby with a distinct sense of pilgrimage—our research previously having focused on Hild and her key role in Northumbrian religious and political culture—and we found first her successors who, like Cuthbert in Lindisfarne, made sense of the place and made a sense of place. The sisters’ veneration of and connection to Hild, her mission, and her place in the landscape that is both early medie55. Heidegger, ‘‘The End of Philosophy and the Task of Thinking,’’ 375. 56. Casey, ‘‘How to Get from Space to Place,’’ 43.
Joseph, ‘‘The Roman Fort at Bewcastle,’’ Transactions of the Cumberland and Westmorland Antiquarian and Archaeological Society [hereafter TCWAAS] 38 (1938): 235–36, and A. Raistrick, ‘‘Report upon Earth-Samples from Shield Knowe,’’ in K. S. Hodgson, ‘‘Some Excavations in the Bewcastle District: I. A Bronze Age Tumulus on the Shield Knowe,’’ TCWAAS 40 (1940): 160–61. 11 All the sites date from that moment of transition from late Neolithic times to the Bronze Age, when the two modes of production would have become thoroughly blurred.