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Late Medieval Beverley

Richard Kieckhefer

in Theology in Stone

Published in print April 2004 | ISBN: 9780195154665
Published online July 2005 | e-ISBN: 9780199835676 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0195154665.003.0006
 Late Medieval Beverley

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Late medieval Beverley: traditional churches in a traditional culture. The medieval churches of Beverley (in Yorkshire, England) are examined as representative of traditional church design. Attention focuses mainly on Beverley Minster (an important center of pilgrimage and the focus of a particularly well developed custom of sanctuary for criminals) and Saint Mary’s (a parish church, originally a chapel dependent on the Minster). Other churches and chapels in the city are also discussed, including the local Dominican church and friary. These buildings are noteworthy for their richness of symbolic association and (at least in the two major churches) their aesthetic power. The crucial questions are whether the partitioning of processional space diminishes the spatial dynamics of these churches, and whether the multiplication of altars and devotional sites distracts from a meaningful centering focus.

Keywords: Beverley Minster; Saint Mary’s; Beverley; pilgrimage; sanctuary

Chapter.  13047 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Christian Theology

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