Antiquaries and Historians: The Study of Monuments

Nigel Saul

in English Church Monuments in the Middle Ages

Published in print February 2009 | ISBN: 9780199215980
Published online May 2009 | e-ISBN: 9780191710001 | DOI:
 Antiquaries and Historians: The Study of Monuments

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This chapter traces the history of the study of church monuments, highlighting the unfortunate effect of the hiving off, in the 19th century, of the study of brasses from the study of monuments more generally in leading to fragmentation of the field. By the early 20th century the study of brasses had sunk into antiquarianism, while the study of sculpted monuments had become absorbed into the study of art history. The twin aims of this book are to achieve the reintegration of the subject and to examine the monuments for their social meaning — for what they can tell us about the aspirations and concerns of the commemorated in this world and their hopes for salvation in the next.

Keywords: meaning; church monuments; study of brasses; study of monuments; art history

Chapter.  6397 words. 

Subjects: History of Religion

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