Westminster Abbey: The Lady Chapel of Henry VII

Westminster Abbey: The Lady Chapel of Henry VII

Edited by Tim Tatton-Brown, Richard Mortimer

Hardback
$99.00

Currently out of stock

Boydell Press

Overview

Overview

An account of the history, architecture and monuments of the chapel, the final, exquisite flowering of the gothic style.
The Lady Chapel constructed at the wish of Henry VII at Westminster Abbey is the last great masterpiece of English medieval architecture, and the culminating achievement of over three hundred years of development in the gothic style, at the point where it intersects with the new movements of the Renaissance. The burial place of some fifteen kings and queens, it houses both the largest surviving programme of gothic figure sculpture and the earliest and finest Renaissance tomb sculptures in England. This new book covers all the most important aspects of the Chapel's history, from the establishment of the cult of the Virgin in the twelfth century to the restoration of the 1990s, which provided an unrepeatable opportunity for close examination of the structure and contents of the building which is the subject of this volume.

Contributors: ROGER BOWERS, DONALD BUTTRESS, THOMAS COCKE, MARGARET CONDON, BARBARA HARVEY, JACQUES HEYMAN, PHILLIP LINDLEY, RICHARD MORTIMER, JULIAN MUNBY, JOHN PHYSICK, ANDREW REYNOLDS, TIM TATTON-BROWN, CHARLES TRACY, CHRISTOPHER WILSON.

Historians of British Art Book Prize for 2003

RICHARD MORTIMER was formerly Keeper of the Muniments, Westminster Abbey; TIM TATTON-BROWN is Consultant Archaeologist to Westminster Abbey.

Details

November 2003
8 colour, 54 black and white, 45 line illustrations
392 pages
24.4x17.2 cm
ISBN: 9781843830375
Format: Hardback
Library eBook
Boydell Press
BIC AM, 1DBKESL, 2AB, 3H, 4P
BISAC ARC005000
Share on Facebook   Share on Twitter   Pin it   Share by Email

Table of Contents

The monks of Westminster and the old Lady chapel - Barbara F Harvey
The musicians and liturgy of the Lady chapels of the monastery church, c.1235-1540 - Roger Bowers
God save the king! Piety, propaganda and the perpetual memorial - Margaret Condon
The last will of Henry VII: document and text - Margaret Condon
The functional design of Henry VII's chapel: a reconstruction - Christopher Wilson
The building history of the Lady chapels - Tim Tatton-Brown
An archaeological survey of the vaults of Henry VII's chapel - Andrew Reynolds
The roofs of Henry VII's chapel - Julian Munby
The structure of the high vault of Henry VII's chapel - J Heyman
The Henry VII chapel stalls and their eighteenth-century remodelling - Charles Tracy
An appendix on the carpentry of the stalls - Julian Munby
'The singuler mediacion and praiers of al the holie companie of Heven': sculptural functions and forms in Henry VII's chapel - Philip G Lindley
The royal, the great and the good: the history of the later monuments - John Physick
Henry VII chapel: the royal connection - Thomas Cocke
The earlier restorations (with Richard Mortimer) - Tim Tatton-Brown
The earlier restorations (with Tim Tatton-Brown) - Richard Mortimer
Restoring the chapel, 1991-6 - Donald Buttress

Reviews

The volume contains grippingly intelligent art-historical writing of the highest standard throughout. BURLINGTON MAGAZINE

(A) magnificent, sumptuous volume...it covers all the most important aspects of the Chapel's history, fabric, furnishing and restorations. (...) The editors deserve our warmest thanks for bringing to fruition a volume of such major and lasting importance. EHR

Provides a mass of fascinating information for the specialist. SIXTEENTH CENTURY JOURNAL

Careful thought and hard study have gone into its making. (...) A solid, informative and valuable specialist volume. TRANSACTIONS OF THE ANCIENT MONUMENT SOCIETY

No one reading this (book) is likely to suggest that its compilation is not fully justified by the range and quality of information assembled. THE ANTIQUARIES JOURNAL

Also by Author