Medieval Vestments 1.0 – Albs, Amices and Apparels

This is a first in a series of brief articles on late medieval western liturgical dress and vestments.  It is intended to provide a brief introduction to the terminology used to describe medieval vestments, for those who are unfamiliar with them.  My intention is to provide a guide that will help fellow art historians describe... Continue Reading →

Chantries, poor livings and the gift of a lectern

Late medieval gospel lecterns are wonderful things and I have blogged about them and their purpose before.  There are quite a number of 15th-century latten lecterns in Norfolk and Suffolk, but the example from Oxborough in Norfolk, dating from the 1480s, is particularly impressive.  Not only is it a delightful object visually, with its eagle... Continue Reading →

Founders of this Chantry, the interaction of ritual and memorial.

I had a trip into Berkshire a few months ago and to Childrey, where the church is a complex building of extraordinary interest, with lots of medieval glass and numerous late medieval monumental brasses. In the south transept, there is a fine early sixteenth-century monument of Purbeck marble which is built up against the north... Continue Reading →

All that glisters is gold – the Wymondham Abbey altar screen

The parish church of St Mary and St Thomas of Canterbury in Wymondham in Norfolk, is all that is remains of a Benedictine Priory founded in 1107 by Wiliam d'Aubigny, which was raised to abbey status in 1448. When Wymondham Abbey was dissolved in 1538 at the Dissolution of the Monasteries, the people of Wymondham... Continue Reading →

The Stanton Harcourt Rood Screen

// Michael's, Stanton Harcourt in Oxfordshire, is a treasure house, a fine cruciform church of Norman origin, containing a wonderful array of monuments and important fittings.  The Early English chancel, built around 1250, is a space of breathtaking purity and beauty.  It's triple lancets are divided by clusters of slender shafts, topped with stiff leaf... Continue Reading →

‘Elegant economy’ – the Jesus college candle-stocks

The object illustrated below is in the collection of the British Museum.  It is a wax candle-stock, an artificial candle.   It's one of a pair and it's identically decorated fellow, is now in the possession of Jesus College Cambridge.  At fifty four (54) centimetres tall, these stocks when they were first made, would have fitted... Continue Reading →

‘the minister lifts the chasuble on his shoulder’ – the adjustment of the Chasuble during the late medieval mass

In 1903 Percy Dearmer edited for the Alcuin Club, a facsimile of an extraordinary early sixteenth century treatise.  Dat Boexken Vander Missen or the Booklet of the Mass, is a treatise on the purpose of the Mass and of its ceremonial.  Written in Old Dutch, it was said to have been written by an Observant... Continue Reading →

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