Posted on 16 March 2015
Steve Ashby's new book, Everyday Products in the Middle Ages: Crafts, Consumption and the individual in Northern Europe c. AD 800-1600 (co-edited with Gitte Hansen and Irene Baug) has already attracted media interest in Norway, following its launch in Bergen on Wednesday of last week. The volume emerges from a workshop supported by the Universities of York and Bergen, which subsequently allowed a network of European medieval craft specialists to be established.
It is an attempt to be disruptive, and to rewrite the archaeology of craft production such that the normal conventions and cliches are avoided: it considers the period between the Viking Age and the Renaissance as a continuum, and it turns the focus on people and activities rather than on objects and systems. In so doing it brings together diverse crafts (from stone to textiles and everything in between) from diverse regions and contexts, and showcases the work of both early-career and established scholars. We hope it will be a benchmark for the study of medieval craftwork in the early 21th century. Look out for it in a bookshop near you or purchase a copy online!