IMC 2018: Sessions

Session 305: Symbolism and Castles, II: Landscapes of Chivalry and Romance

Monday 2 July 2018, 16.30-18.00

Sponsor:Institute of Medieval & Early Modern Studies, Durham University
Organiser:Heidi Richards, Department of Archaeology, Durham University
Moderator/Chair:David Rollason, Department of History, Durham University
Paper 305-aCastles and the Chivalric Landscape: Constructing Aristocratic Space between Image and Reality
(Language: English)
Oliver Creighton, Department of Archaeology, University of Exeter
Index terms: Archaeology - General, Architecture - Secular, Social History
Paper 305-bPeeking into the Privy Garden: Courtly Love, Romance, and Chivalry
(Language: English)
Heidi Richards, Department of Archaeology, Durham University
Index terms: Archaeology - General, Architecture - Secular, Language and Literature - French or Occitan
Paper 305-cDunstanburgh: Stronghold or Symbol
(Language: English)
Al Oswald, Department of Archaeology, University of York
Index terms: Archaeology - General, Architecture - Secular
Abstract

An emerging trend within the fields of castle and landscape studies brings to light possible influences on medieval landscapes that have hitherto remained highly subjective. This trend attempts to shed light on new avenues of influences within symbolism and design based on romantic ideals of chivalry and myth. By exploring the usage and manipulation of medieval elite landscapes, we can discover symbolic themes that transformed landscapes into backdrops of chivalric life. Within this session, case studies of particular sites, fresh ideas on chivalric landscapes, and a peek into the privacy of castle gardens will illuminate exciting new avenues of symbolism planted into the medieval elite landscape.