Wingfield College and its Patrons

September 2015
27 colour, 32 black and white, 10 line illustrations
289 pages
23.4x15.6 cm
ISBN: 9781843838326
Format: Hardback
Boydell Press

Wingfield College and its Patrons

Piety and prestige in medieval Suffolk

Edited by Peter Bloore, Edward Martin

The 650th anniversary of the foundation of Wingfield College was the occasion for a special two-day symposium marking the culmination of a three-year UEA-funded research project into the college and castle. The building projects of the late medieval aristocracy focused on their homes and the monasteries, churches or chantry foundations under their patronage where their family were buried and commemorated. This commemoration allowed a visual celebration of their achievements, status and lineage, the scale and prestige of which reflected on the fortunes of the family as a whole. Wingfield is explored in the context of both the actual building of the castle, chantry chapel and the college, and that of the symbolic function of these as a demonstration ion of aristocratic status.
The contributions to this book examine many topics which have hitherto been neglected, such as the archaeology of the castle, which had never been excavated, the complex history of the college's architecture, and the detailed study of the monuments in the church. The latest techniques are used to reconstruct the college and castle, with a DVD to demonstrate these. And the context of the family and its fortunes are explored in chapters on the place of the de la Poles in fifteenth century history, as soldiers, administrators and potential claimants to the throne.

Table of Contents

From hall-and-church complex to castle green and college - a landscape history of Wingfield - Edward Martin
Sir John de Wingfield and the foundation of Wingfield College - Mark Bailey
Wingfield College and the late medieval cult of purgatory - Eamon Duffy
The Foundation and Surrender of Wingfield College
Reconstructing Wingfield Castle - Robert E Liddiard
Historical digital reconstruction: the role of creativity and known unknowns. A case study of Wingfield College, Suffolk - Peter Bloore
Medieval monuments to the de la Pole and Wingfield families - Sally Badham
Chapel or closet? The question of the vestry at Wingfield - John Goodall
Alice Chaucer, Duchess of Suffolk [d.1475] and her East Anglian estates - R.E. Archer
The Wars of the Roses, the downfall of the de la Poles and the dissolution of Wingfield College - Diarmaid MacCulloch
Appendix One: Historial timeline for Wingfield College


This is a case study at its best. It is both scholarly and accessible to the general reader. HISTORY

Impressively researched and well-illustrated. THE RICARDIAN

The collection presents so many ways to approach the topic of a chantry college that readers will walk away understanding how richly multidimensional such institutions truly were. THE MEDIEVAL REVIEW

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