St Stephen’s College, Westminster
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17th April 2020

262 Pages

23.4 x 15.6 cm

6 b/w. 1 line. Illustrations

Series: Studies in the History of Medieval Religion

Imprint: Boydell Press

St Stephen's College, Westminster

A Royal Chapel and English Kingship, 1348-1548

by Elizabeth Biggs

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First full-length account of St Stephen's Chapel, bringing out its full importance and influence throughout the Middle Ages.
In St Stephen's College, the royally-favoured religious institution at the heart of the busy administrative world of the Palace of Westminster, church and state met and collaborated for two centuries, from its foundation to pray for the royal dead by Edward III in 1348, until it was swept away by the second wave of the Reformation in 1548. Monarchs and visitors worshipped in the distinctive chapel on the Thames riverfront. Even when the king and his household were absent, the college's architecture, liturgy and musical strength proclaimed royal piety and royal support for the Church to all who passed by.
This monograph recreates a lost institution, whose spectacular cloister still survives deep within the modern Houses of Parliament. It examines its relationship with every English king from Edward III to Edward VI, how it defined itself as the "king's chief chapel" through turbulent dynastic politics,and its contributions to the early years of the English Reformation. It offers a new perspective on the workings of political, administrative and court life in medieval and early modern Westminster.

Dr ELIZABETH BIGGSstarted work on St Stephen's College as part of the large research project "St Stephen's Chapel: Visual and Political Culture, 1292-1941" at the University of York. She has taught at York and the University of the West of England.
Introduction
Chapter One: Finding a Place Within Westminster, 1348-1394
Chapter Two: Magnificence and Difficulties under Richard II, 1377-1399
Chapter Three: Weathering Political and Economic Storms, 1399-1485
Chapter Four: A New Kind of Court? Display, Pageantry and Worship, 1471-1536
Chapter Five: Responding to the Reformation, 1527-1548
Conclusions
Bibliography
"Not only tells the story of this important institution, but [also] offers a compelling analysis of comparative royal piety." LONDON JOURNAL

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Title Details

17th April 2020

262 Pages

2.34 x 1.56 cm

6 b/w. 1 line. Illustrations

Series: Studies in the History of Medieval Religion

Imprint: Boydell Press