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The Market: Fashion, Geography, and Clientele

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: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199215980.003.0003
 The Market: Fashion, Geography, and Clientele

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The chapter examines the wide range of monument types available to clients in medieval England — cross slabs, sculpted monuments, brasses, and incised slabs — showing how the balance between these varied over time and from one part of the country to another. It is argued that social competition among consumers led to innovation and renewal in the product range, with previously established products, such as cross slabs, moving down market as soon as newer, more sophisticated products were introduced.

Keywords: cross slabs; brasses; incised slabs; innovation; market; social competition

Chapter.  11720 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: History of Religion

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