Conceptions of domestic space in the long term: the example of the English medieval hall

Gardiner, Mark (2015) Conceptions of domestic space in the long term: the example of the English medieval hall. In: Medieval archaeology in Scandinavia and beyond: history, trends and tomorrow. Aarhus University Press, Aarhus, pp. 313-333. ISBN 9788771243789

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The plan of the late medieval hall in England is well known from the evidence of buildings of the thirteenth century and later. However, examination of excavated timber buildings suggests that the main elements of the hall plan can be identified from at least the late tenth century. The persistence of the plan over a period of at least 600 years may obscure the fact that the conception of the hall and details of its form were in a state of continuous change. Instead of beginning with an examination of the form of the hall, the study starts by considering what the room represented in social terms. An appreciation of the changing conceptions of lordship, community and honour allows a more subtle analysis of the development of the hall in the period before 1200. A combination of written sources with excavated remains to elucidate complex problems is one of the distinguishing features of medieval archaeology.

Keywords:Halls, Medieval society, Houses
Subjects:V Historical and Philosophical studies > V400 Archaeology
V Historical and Philosophical studies > V130 Medieval History
Divisions:College of Arts > School of History & Heritage > School of History & Heritage (Heritage)
ID Code:29716
Deposited On:23 Nov 2017 23:53

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