Medieval Allegory and the Building of the New Jerusalem

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Overview

This book investigates the concept of the New Jerusalem, the City of God, as an architectural ideal during the middle ages, and the way in which it is represented allegorically in patristic writings, liturgy, building, and later literature. The author begins by examining its conceptual foundations in such sources as the Hebrew Bible, Bede's exegesis, the religious philosophy of Plotinus, and Augustine's theology. She then explores the influence and the expression of the New Jerusalem in liturgy and architecture, using the twelfth-century remodelling of the Abbey Church of St-Denis and its dedication liturgy to show how the building serves as an eschatological and apocalyptic landscape. The chantry movement in late medieval England is situated in this context, and leads to a demonstration of the movement's associations with the highly-wrought poem Pearl and its companion poems; the book analyses Pearl as medieval architecture, offering fresh perspectives on its elaborate construction and historical context. ANN R. MEYER teaches in the Department of Literature, Claremont McKenna College.
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Wide-ranging and exhaustively researched. SPECULUMA well-researched and useful contribution to the study of medieval literary culture. ARTHURIANA
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780859917964
  • Publisher: Boydell & Brewer, Limited
  • Publication date: 12/4/2003
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.56 (d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Acknowledgments
Editorial Note
Abbreviations
Introduction 1
I Philosophical and Theological Foundations
1 Foundations I: Plotinus' Screen of Beauty 27
2 Foundations II: Augustine's City of God 47
II Liturgy and Architecture
3 Liturgy at St.-Denis and the Apocalyptic Eschatology of High Gothic 69
4 The Chantry Movement: An Intimate Art of the Medieval New Jerusalem 98
III Poetry
5 Taking Allegory Seriously: Ornament as Invitation in Pearl 137
6 'Pe nwe cyte o Jerusalem": Pearl as Medieval Architecture 155
Epilogue 187
Bibliography 189
Index 203
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