The following books have arrived on the Book Review Editor’s desk but will, for one reason or another, not be reviewed in the journal.
Foster, Sally M and Morag Cross Eds. (2005) Able Minds and Practised Hands: Scotland’s Early Medieval Sculpture in the 21st Century. The Society for Medieval Archaeology Monograph 23. Available from Maney. 446 pp., 155 b/w illustr., hbk, ISBN 1 904350 74 7. Â£44.
Twenty-six academic essays deriving from a conference in Edinburgh in 2003 documenting the current state of play regarding early medieval sculpture in Scotland.
McNeill, Tom (2006) Castles. English Heritage / London: Batsford. 144 pp., numerous colour illustrations, pbk, ISBN 0713489936. Â£14.99.
An easily accessible and well presented overview of castles and life in castles on the British Isles, perfect for tourists wondering what they were all about. Tom McNeill muses in the Preface why yet another book on castles is needed and comes to the amazing conclusion that “the main reason must lie in the nature of castles themselves.”
Potterton, Michael (2005) Medieval Trim. History and Archaeology. Dublin: Four Courts Press. 464pp., illustrated, hbk, ISBN 1-85182-926-1. â‚¬55 / Â£50.
Based on Potterton’s PhD thesis, this is a full account of the medieval town of Trim, County Meath, in Ireland (40 km northwest of Dublin). The time period covered stretches from the arrival of the Anglo-Normans at Trim in circa 1171 to the time of the dissolution of the monasteries there in the 1540s. The book also includes a catalogue of prehistoric and medieval artefacts from Trim and various other appendices.