Church Monuments in South Wales, c.1200-1547 [Hardback]

Rhianydd Biebrach(Author)

ISBN: 9781783272648 | Published by: Boydell Press | Series: Boydell Studies in Medieval Art and Architecture | Volume: 12 | Year of Publication: 2017 | 226p, H9.5 x W6.75, 4 color. 48 b/w. 9 line.

Church Monuments in South Wales, c.1200-1547


South Wales is an area blessed with an eclectic, but largely unknown, monumental heritage, ranging from plain cross slabs to richly carved effigial monuments on canopied tomb-chests. As a group, these monuments closely reflect theturbulent history of the southern march of Wales, its close links to the West Country and its differences from the 'native Wales' of the north-west. As individuals, they offer fascinating insights into the spiritual and secular concerns of the area's culturally diverse elites.
Church Monuments in South Wales is the first full-scale study of the medieval funerary monuments of this region offering a much-needed Celtic contribution to the growingcorpus of literature on the monumental culture of late-medieval Europe, which for the British Isles has been hitherto dominated by English studies. It focuses on the social groups who commissioned and were commemorated by funerary monuments and how this distinctive memorial culture reflected their shifting fortunes, tastes and pre-occupations at a time of great social change.

Rhianydd Biebrach has taught medieval history at the universities ofSwansea, Cardiff and South Wales and edited the journal Church Monuments. She currently works for Amgueddfa Cymru-National Museum Wales.

Table of Contents

Introduction. South Wales from the Thirteenth to the Early Sixteenth Century
An Overview of Welsh Monuments
Patrons and Subjects: The Social Status of those Commissioning and Commemorated by Monuments in South Wales
Materials, Production and Supply
Spirituality and the Desire for Salvation
Secular Concerns

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