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Art, Faith and Place in East Anglia: From Prehistory to the Present

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The relationship between religious or spiritual artworks and the locality where such objects are made and used is the central question this volume addresses. While it is a well-known fact that religious artworks, objects and buildings can have a power or agency of their own (iconoclasm, the violent defacement of an object which paradoxically testifies to the fear and loathing it has generated, being an extreme example), the sources of this power are less well understood. It is this problem which the book seeks to...
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Overview

The relationship between religious or spiritual artworks and the locality where such objects are made and used is the central question this volume addresses. While it is a well-known fact that religious artworks, objects and buildings can have a power or agency of their own (iconoclasm, the violent defacement of an object which paradoxically testifies to the fear and loathing it has generated, being an extreme example), the sources of this power are less well understood. It is this problem which the book seeks to begin to remedy, using East Anglia, an area of Britain with an exceptionally long history of religious diversity, as its prism. Case-studies are taken from prehistory right up to the twenty-first century, and from a variety of media, including wall-paintings, church architecture, and stained glass; famous sites examined include Seahenge and Sutton Hoo. Overall, the book shows how profoundly religious artworks are embedded in local communities, belief systems, histories and landscapes. T.A. Heslop is Professor of Visual Arts, Elizabeth Mellings a Post-doctoral Research Fellow, and Margit Thofner Senior Lecturer, at the School of World Art Studies, University of East Anglia. Contributors: Margit Thofner, T.A. Heslop, Elizabeth de Bièvre, Daphne Nash Briggs, Adrian Marsden, Timothy Pestell, Matthew Champion, Carole Hill, Elizabeth Rutledge, David King, John Peake, Nicola Whyte, Chris King, Francesca Vanke, Stefan Muthesius, Kate Hesketh-Harvey, Karl Bell, Elizabeth Mellings, Robert Wallis, Trevor Ashwin. Cover artwork: Glowing Embers (Seahenge), 2000. Painting by Susan Laughlin.
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An impressive and wide-ranging collection. ... The editors and contributors are to be congratulated on producing a thought-provoking and visually very pleasing book. LANDSCAPE HISTORY
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781843837442
  • Publisher: Boydell & Brewer, Limited
  • Publication date: 12/20/2012
  • Pages: 384
  • Product dimensions: 6.90 (w) x 9.70 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements vii

List of illustrations ix

Chapter 1 'Introduction: On Faith, Objects and Locality' Sandy Heslop Margit Thøfner 1

Chapter 2 'But where is Norfolk?' Elisabeth de Bièvre 19

Chapter 3 'Sacred Image and Regional Identity in Late-Prehistoric Norfolk' Daphne Nash Briggs 30

Chapter 4 'Piety from the Ploughsoil: Religion in Roman Norfolk through Recent Metal-Detector Finds' Adrian Marsden 50

Chapter 5 'Paganism in Early-Anglo-Saxon East Anglia' Tim Pestell 66

Chapter 6 'Devotion, Pestilence and Conflict: The Medieval Wall Paintings of St Mary the Virgin, Lakenheath' Matthew Champion 88

Chapter 7 'Here Be Dragons: The Cult of St Margaret of Antioch and Strategies for Survival' Carole Hill 105

Chapter 8 'The Medieval Jews of Norwich and their Legacy' Elizabeth Rutledge 117

Chapter 9 'Late-Medieval Glass-Painting in Norfolk: Developments in Iconography and Craft c.1250-1540' David King 130

Chapter 10 'Graffiti and Devotion in Three Maritime Churches' John Peake 148

Chapter 11 'Norfolk Wayside Crosses: Biographies of Landscape and Place' Nicola Whyte 163

Chapter 12 'Landscapes of Faith and Politics in Early-Modern Norwich' Chris King 179

Chapter 13 'Practice and Belief: Manifestations of Witchcraft, Magic and Paganism in East Anglia from the Seventeenth Century to the Present Day' Francesca Vanke 194

Chapter 14 'Provinciality and the Victorians: Church Design in Nineteenth-Century East Anglia' Stefan Muthesius 209

Chapter 15 'Maharajah Duleep Singh, Elveden and Sikh Pilgrimage' Catherine Hesketh-Harvey 223

Chapter 16 'Supernatural Folklore and the Popular Imagination: Re-reading Object and Locality in Mid-Nineteenth-Century Norfolk' Karl Bell 240

Chapter 17 'Pro Patria Mori: Christian Rallies and War Memorials of Early-Twentieth-Century Norfolk' Elizabeth A. Mellings 253

Chapter 18 'Pagans in Place, from Stonehenge to Seahenge: "Sacred" Archaeological Monuments and Artefacts in Britain' Robert J. Wallis 273

Chapter 19 'Art, Spirit and Ancient Places in Norfolk' Trevor Ashwin 287

Chapter 20 'Sacred Sites and Blessed Objects: Art and Religion in Contemporary Norfolk' Elizabeth A. Mellings 298

Bibliography 315

Index 349

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