The Medieval Art, Architecture and History of Bristol Cathedral: An Enigma Explored

The Medieval Art, Architecture and History of Bristol Cathedral: An Enigma Explored


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Bristol cathedral, formerly the abbey of St Augustine, is a remarkable building. To medievalists it is an enigmatic and compelling place, filled with important work of various periods, work that raises a range of important questions about style, patronage and the intentions behind medieval architecture. Conversely, to the wider public, the cathedral is not well-known compared to others; this spectacular building tends to hide its light under a bushel. Yet its remarkable, and controversial, east end alone is one of the most significant structures of its period in Europe. This volume aims to remedy the neglect by offering a history of St Augustine's. Highlights include the most detailed discussions to date of the later medieval history and architecture of the church and its community, and detailed papers on the dating, attribution, patronage and historiography of the east end. In their introduction and postscript the editors draw on the material presented in the collection to draw out the wider themes and lessons suggested by the building, themes that will be of interest to all with a serious interest in the study of medieval art. Dr Jon Cannon teaches medieval architectural history at the University of Bristol and elsewhere; Dr Beth Williamson is Senior Lecturer in the Department of Historical Studies at the University of Bristol. Contributors: Roger Leech, John Mc Neil, Sarah Boss, Christopher Wilson, Jon Cannon, Paul Crossley, Julian M. Luxford, James G. Clark, Joseph Bettey, Cathy Oakes, Beth Williamson

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781843836803
Publisher: Boydell & Brewer, Limited
Publication date: 12/15/2011
Series: Bristol Studies in Medieval Cultures Series , #2
Pages: 376
Product dimensions: 6.90(w) x 9.70(h) x 1.30(d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations vii

List of Contributors X1V

Editors'Note xvi

Acknowledgements xvii

Introduction Beth Williamson Jon Cannon i

1 On the Waterfront: The Early Medieval Landscape Setting of St Augustine's, Bristol Roger H. Leech 20

2 The Romanesque Fabric John McNeill 32

3 Wisdom's House: Abbot David's Commissioning of the Elder Lady Chapel Sarah Jane Boss 61

4 Gothic Metamorphosed: The Choir of St Augustine's Abbey in Bristol and the Renewal of European Architecture around 1300 Christopher Wilson 69

5 Berkeley Patronage and the Fourteenth-Century Choir Jon Cannon 148

6 Bristol Cathedral and Nikolaus Pevsner: Sondergotik in the West Country Paul Crossley 186

7 The Late Medieval Abbey: Patronage, Buildings and Images Julian M. Luxford 216

8 The Monastic Community of St Augustine's in the Later Middle Ages James G. Clark 247

9 The Conversion of St Augustine's, Bristol, to a Cathedral Joseph Bettey 263

10 Secreta tnea mihi: The Wall-Paintings from the Old Deanery of Bristol Cathedral Catherine oakes 277

Epilogue Beth Williamson 300

Bibliography 310

Index 333

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