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Pages: 328

Language: English

Publisher: Logaston Press; 1st Edition edition (April 2006)

By: Richard Wheeler(Author)

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This richly-illustrated book is the first major study of the church screens of the southern Welsh Marches. Despite being of unrivalled variety and including some of the finest medieval carving to be found anywhere in Britain, the screenwork of the region is little known and rarely seen, much of it lying in small churches hidden in the folded landscape of the Welsh borderlands. This book aims to increase understanding of this precious corpus, and encourage exploration of its treasures. Early chapters examine the church screen in all its manifestations from pre-Christian times to the Reformation in the 16th century, and beyond. In Britain, the story of the church screen is traced through the 13th and 14th centuries – the formative period for the rood-screen in England – up to the 15th and 16th centuries, when the woodworker was at the height of his powers. The story of the rood-loft – a disproportionate number of which survive in the Marches – is also told; as is that of the Great Rood: the once-universal figure of Christ found at the head of the nave. The second part of the book opens with the turbulent history of the March (the Welsh buffer zone ruled and administered by English feudal barons) which gave to Wales its status as the most densely fortified country in Europe and left an indelible mark upon her churches and their contents. Against this background the screenwork of the region is examined: patterns of provenance and influence are charted, common workshops identified and aesthetic sources explored. The extensive gazetteer provides a detailed account and photographic record of the screenwork in 112 of the region’s churches. Contains more than 300 illustrations


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  • By Dr. P. Terence on 6 June 2006

    This is by far the best research book I have read in recent years. I have been waiting for a long time to find a book on this specialised topic. A credit to the author!

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