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  • Nancy McKenna
    Dear friends; I intend to purchase the volume below and am willing to let others peruse it. But I would like to suggest that this would make an excellent
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      Dear friends;

      I intend to purchase the volume below and am willing to let others peruse
      it. But I would like to suggest that this would make an excellent addition
      to shire or guild libraries and/or a donation to a local public library so
      that it will be available to many.

      Nancy M McKenna

      > From: Robin Netherton <robin@...>
      > Date: November 26, 2004 12:40:00 PM EST
      > [Feel free to forward this to other relevant lists, as long as (1) you
      > keep this message intact, including this paragraph and my name and
      > e-dress, and (2) you copy me in so I know where the message is going.]
      > Many of you will remember me posting last year to announce a new
      > journal, _Medieval Clothing & Textiles_. The publisher is Boydell &
      > Brewer; the editors are Gale Owen-Crocker and myself. At that time, I
      > promised I would update you when I had solid information on publication
      > date and ways to order.
      > Boydell now has the journal up on its website, for pre-order. It's
      > scheduled for April 2005; we'll be celebrating its launch at Kalamazoo
      > May. You'll find the page here:
      > http://www.boydell.co.uk/43831236.HTM
      > Some of you will remember that there was a question about the format and
      > cost of the journal. We're well aware that many of our readers will be
      > serious re-enactors who want to keep up with scholarly research, but
      > budgets are quite different from that of an academic library or
      > professional scholar. Boydell normally publishes its journals in a
      > high-quality hardback, priced around $75 US (45 GBP). We argued
      > strenuously for Boydell to consider publishing our journal in a cheaper
      > paperback edition, to make it more accessible to purchasers outside
      > academe.
      > It appears we ended up with the best of both worlds. The journal will be
      > published in hardback -- but at the far more reasonable price of $39.95
      > USD (25.00 GBP). This is far better than I expected, and I hope that
      > within the purchase threshold for at least some of you! (I campaigned
      > a lower price largely on the promise that it would increase sales among
      > independent researchers, so I hope I won't be proven wrong.)
      > As I've written earlier, it's a scholarly journal touching on a wide
      > of fields (literature, art, economics, archaeology, etc.), so we don't
      > expect it to appeal to all medieval costumers, and not everyone will
      > their own interest areas covered in every volume. But we're aiming for a
      > large spread in time/place representation in each one, so with luck
      > will be something for most readers who are interested in scholarly
      > research. (We're also aiming to include at least one paper based on
      > experimental reconstruction in each volume.)
      > The first volume includes the following papers:
      > -- an overview (complete, we hope) of all known examples of European
      > embroidery before 1100 (Elizabeth Coatsworth)
      > -- a literary analysis of textile imagery in Anglo-Saxon riddles and
      > poetry (Maren Clegg-Hyer)
      > -- a study of an illumination showing royal dress in an Anglo-Saxon
      > manuscript (Gale R. Owen-Crocker)
      > -- a look at clothing color references in Icelandic sagas (Sandra Ballif
      > Straubhaar)
      > -- an account of a particular technological change in the construction
      > medieval fulling mills (John Muendel)
      > -- two different papers on regulations on clerical dress, 13th-14th c.
      > (one by Susan M. Carroll-Clark and another by Thomas M. Izbicki)
      > -- a comparison of theories about tippet construction and attachment in
      > 14th century Western Europe (Robin Netherton)
      > -- a summary of dress and textile references in a group of late medieval
      > English wills (Kristen M. Burkholder)
      > -- a theory and experimental reconstruction of a method of weaving 15th
      > century ruffled-edge veils (Carla Tilghman).
      > And some book reviews, too.
      > The plans right now are for a print run of 1,000. That's good for a
      > specialty journal, and is meant to cover all the libraries and
      > specialists who will want copies. I would guess that if there's a huge
      > demand in pre-orders, Boydell would increase the print run to cover it,
      > but I'm not planning on that. So, when it's gone, it's gone -- I
      > plan on buying a copy of Vol. 1 a year or two down the road.
      > Feel free to direct any questions to me.
      > --Robin Netherton
      > Co-Editor, Medieval Clothing & Textiles
      > robin@...
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