Medieval Jewellery: In Europe 1100-1500 Hardcover – November 1, 2009
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- Grade level : 8 and up
- Item Weight : 1.54 pounds
- Hardcover : 112 pages
- ISBN-13 : 978-1851775828
- ISBN-10 : 185177582X
- Dimensions : 8.25 x 0.62 x 9.63 inches
- Publisher : Victoria & Albert Museum (November 1, 2009)
- Reading level : 13 and up
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #851,981 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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It really is a pity that the author doesn't make something more extensive with the gorgeous collection at her disposal. To be really must-have, this book needs to be several times longer, with even more photos. This is almost a gift book, with little text and only a hundred pages long. It seems like it'd fit well with a beginning library, especially for a younger person, but a serious history wonk might feel somewhat disappointed with it. I give it 4 stars for the quality of the jewelry photos and the quality of what text there is.
For the really definitive work, I defer to this source: Renaissance Jewellery .
This one has a reasonable amount of text, but is mostly pictures. Even though it is sponsered by the V & A, pictures come from other galleries as well. There are lots of photos of extant items, as well as reproductions of portraits that depict the jewelry with great detail. There is some information the making of the jewelry and the use of heraldry in jewelry.
However, for someone just starting out, or for a really cool coffee table book, or a easy reference book, for either a young person or an older person who would like a good overview without lengthy, academic critique or the flamboyance of scholary pomp, this a good book.
This is the first book I have bought on the subject. Even though I have looked at other books and read some of them, I can not really compare it to other books on the subject. However, I feel that the money was not wasted if one is not expecting an indepth, historical dissertation on Medieval Jewellery.
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If you appreciate beautiful jewellery then this is the book for you.