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English Church Monuments in the Middle Ages

Nigel Saul

Published in print February 2009 | ISBN: 9780199215980
Published online May 2009 | e-ISBN: 9780191710001 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199215980.001.0001
English Church Monuments in the Middle Ages

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This book offers a survey of English church monuments from the pre-Conquest period to the early 16th century. It explores medieval monuments from the twin angles of their social meaning and the role which they played in the religious strategies of the commemorated. Attention is given to the production of monuments, the pattern of their geographical distribution, the evolution of monument types, and the role of design in communicating the monument's message. A major theme is the self-representation of the commemorated as reflected in the main classes of effigy — those of the clergy, the knights and esquires, and the lesser landowner and burgess class, while the effigial monuments of women are examined from the perspective of the construction of gender. While using monuments as windows onto the experiences and lives of the commemorated, the book also exploits documentary sources for the commemorated for what they can tell us about the influences which helped shape the monuments. One chapter looks at the construction of identity in inscriptions, showing how the liturgical role of the monument limited the opportunities for expressions of selfhood.

Keywords: commemoration; tombs; monuments; brasses; incised slabs; self-representation; effigy

Book.  432 pages.  Illustrated.

Subjects: History of Religion

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Antiquaries and Historians: The Study of Monuments in English Church Monuments in the Middle Ages

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Commemoration in Early Medieval England in English Church Monuments in the Middle Ages

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The Market: Fashion, Geography, and Clientele in English Church Monuments in the Middle Ages

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The Production of Monuments in English Church Monuments in the Middle Ages

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Choosing a Monument in English Church Monuments in the Middle Ages

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Function and Meaning in English Church Monuments in the Middle Ages

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Composition and Design in English Church Monuments in the Middle Ages

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The Monuments of Ecclesiastics in English Church Monuments in the Middle Ages

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Military Effigies in English Church Monuments in the Middle Ages

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The Monuments of Civilians in English Church Monuments in the Middle Ages

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