Archaeology on Medieval Knights' Manor Houses in Poland

Anna Marciniak-Kajzer

Jagiellonian University Press

Archaeology on Medieval Knights' Manor Houses in Poland

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Pub Date: January 2017

ISBN: 9788323339212

200 Pages

Format: Paperback

List Price: $45.00£37.95

Archaeology on Medieval Knights' Manor Houses in Poland

Anna Marciniak-Kajzer

Jagiellonian University Press

The relics of medieval knights' manors still shape the landscape of Poland today. The anonymous hills contain the remnants of wooden buildings, sometimes ones of stone or brick, as well as numerous tiny artifacts, the trace of the households of the past. Called "grodziska stozkowate" (motte), unlike the region's castles they are not so often visited, but more often destroyed. This book depicts the architecture and daily life of a medieval knight's manor based on the findings of archaeological excavations carried on for half a century, supplemented by written sources. It describes buildings, household items, and the tools used by the people of the past, allowing for a clearer understanding of the lives of medieval knights and their family.
The author uses a wide source base to present many original hypotheses regarding the functioning of Polish medieval knights' manors, which she rightly considers to lack analogies in other parts of Europe. Translated into English, the publication undoubtedly will gain much value. The results of recent studies on medieval manors in Poland hardly ever have been made available for foreign specialists. Stanislaw Kolodziejski

About the Author

Anna Marciniak-Kajzer is the head of the department of historical archaeology and weaponry at the Institute of Archaeology, University of Lodz. Her interests include material culture in the Middle Ages, especially medieval fortification in excavated strongholds, castles, and manor houses.