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Death, Art and Memory in Medieval England


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1: Introduction: Problem and Method 2: The Cobhams: The Family and their Experience 3: Cobham Church and College 4: The Market for Brasses 5: The Brasses at Cobham 6: The Cobhams of Sterborough 7: The Brasses and Monuments at Lingfield 8: Brasses Elsewhere to the Cobhams 9: Conclusion: Lineage and Commemoration Appendix; Genealogies; Bibliography; Index


... a beautifully produced book, particularly in terms of the number and clarity of the illustrations allowing the reader the rare treat of being able to examine the monuments alongside the text. It is an extremely well written and enjoyable vignette of one family's contribution to our medieval heritage - heritage that lies in every medieval church. Church Archaeology The author combines the skills of a leading medieval historian and those of a specialist in medieval brasses to telling effect ... this study offers a welcome broadening of the agenda for the study of funerary art ... An important book on an important group of brasses. The Journal of Ecclesiastical History Skilfully weaves together a range of disparate material into a satisfying whole ... an example of what extra can be achieved by going outside established mindsets and traditional subject boundaries. Mortality This is a timely and much needed book ... by far the most detailed treatment of the subject to have been published. English Historical Review Judged as a history of the medium of brasses this study is extremely useful since nothing of quite this extent has ever been addressed to the medium in a single context before. Archives This study is especially welcome not least because it takes the heritage of English funereal art seriously. Archives An accomplished and carefully considered reflection on the historicizing possibilities of 'visual culture' which will interest all those preoccupied by the culture of death and its attendant institutions, notably chantry foundations. Archives

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