Westminster Abbey: The Cosmati Pavements (Courtauld Research Papers Series)

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"Westminster Abbey: The Cosmati pavements is the first in-depth examination of Westminster Abbey's two beautiful and mysterious inlaid pavements. Who made them, and when? Why did the King and Abbot have them brought from Rome? Mostly made up of recycled stones from ancient Roman buildings, the pavement on which monarchs have been crowned since the thirteenth century has an inscription predicting the end of the world, linking the distant past and the remote future with complex symbolism." This collection of essays places the pavements within a variety of contexts - the evolution of the luxury pavement in Europe, the political background to the commission, the significance of Roman connections, the structure and meaning of the curious inscription - and describes the physical makeup of the pavements and their complex history of damage and restoration. Bringing together a group of penetrating analyses from leading scholars, the volume illuminates hitherto unexamined areas of debate whilst also raising new and intriguing questions about them.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780754604860
  • Publisher: Ashgate Publishing, Limited
  • Publication date: 6/1/2002
  • Series: Courtauld Research Papers Series , #3
  • Pages: 141
  • Product dimensions: 9.21 (w) x 6.14 (h) x 0.67 (d)

Table of Contents

List of figures
List of abbreviations
Introduction 1
1 The luxury pavement in England before Westminster 7
2 Westminster Abbey and the Cosmati pavements in politics, 1258-1269 37
3 The context and fabric of the Westminster Abbey Sanctuary pavement 49
4 The condition and conservation of the Cosmati pavements at Westminster Abbey 92
5 The inscriptions in the Sanctuary pavement at Westminster 100
6 The Cosmati and romanitas in England: an overview 116
Index 135
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