Westminster Abbey: The Lady Chapel of Henry VII

An account of the history, architecture and monuments of the chapel, the final, exquisite flowering of the gothic style.
Date Published :
November 2003
Publisher :
Boydell and Brewer
Editor :
Tim Tatton-Brown, Richard Mortimer
Illustration :
8 color, 54 black and white, 45 line drawing
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Binding : Hardback
ISBN : 9781843830375
Pages : 392
Dimensions : 9.5 X 6.75 inches
Stock Status : In stock
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Overview
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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.

TABLE OF CONTENTS
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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

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