Death Art and Memory in Medieval England

Joan bore her husband only one son , William , who died prematurely in 1380. ... highly unusual ( K. B. McFarlane , ' The English Nobility in the Later Middle Ages ' , The Nobility of Later Medieval England , Oxford , 1973 , 268–78 ) .

Author: Nigel Saul

Publisher: OUP Oxford

ISBN: 9780191542817

Category: History

Page: 304

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In this innovative and compelling book Nigel Saul approaches the world of the medieval gentry through the monuments they left behind them. The Cobham family left the largest and most spectacular collection of brasses in Britain in their church at Cobham, and other magnificent brasses in Lingfield, and elsewhere. Medieval brasses have hitherto been studied chiefly from an antiquarian or technical perspective; Nigel Saul for the first time shows how they served as a link between the living and the dead. Commemoration was inseparable from the wider dynamics of society. Through the brasses and through family history he takes us to the heart of gentry aspirations and fears, successes and disappointments. This extensively illustrated study offers a new paradigm for the study of medieval church monuments and makes a major contribution to our understanding of gentry culture.

Art Identity and Devotion in Fourteenth century England

6 W. A. Pantin , The English Church in the Fourteenth Century ( Cambridge , 1955 ) , 253 . 7 For the identity of Lady Cobham see Nigel Saul , Death , Art , and Memory in Medieval England : The Cobham Family and their Monuments 1300–1500 ...

Author: Kathryn Ann Smith

Publisher: University of Toronto Press

ISBN: 0802086918

Category: Art

Page: 364

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Examines the De Lisle hours of Margaret de Beauchamp, the De Bois hours (Dubois hours) of Hawisia de Bois, and the Neville of Hornby hours of Isabel de Byron.

Church And Society In England 1000 1500

5; and more generally: N. Saul, Death, Art, and Memory in Medieval England. The Cobham Family and their Monuments, 1300–1500 (Oxford, 2001). 52.K.J. Allison (ed.), Victoria County History: York; East Riding, vol i (Oxford, 1969), pp.

Author: Andrew Brown

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 9781350317277

Category: History

Page: 253

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What impact did the Church have on society? How did social change affect religious practice? Within the context of these wide-ranging questions, this study offers a fresh interpretation of the relationship between Church, society and religion in England across five centuries of change. Andrew Brown examines how the teachings of an increasingly 'universal' Church decisively affected the religious life of the laity in medieval England. However, by exploring a broad range of religious phenomena, both orthodox and heretical (including corporate religion and the devotional practices surrounding cults and saints) Brown shows how far lay people continued to shape the Church at a local level. In the hands of the laity, religious practices proved malleable. Their expression was affected by social context, status and gender, and even influenced by those in authority. Yet, as Brown argues, religion did not function simply as an expression of social power - hierarchy, patriarchy and authority could be both served and undermined by religion. In an age in which social mobility and upheaval, particularly in the wake of the Black Death, had profound effects on religious attitudes and practices, Brown demonstrates that our understanding of late medieval religion should be firmly placed within this context of social change.

The Grove Encyclopedia of Medieval Art and Architecture

81–97 N. Saul: Death, Art, and Memory in Medieval England: The Cobham Family and theirMonuments, 1300–1500 (Oxford, 2001) S. Boldrick, D. Park, and P. Williamson: Wonder: Painted Sculpturefrom Medieval England (Leeds, 2002) S. Lamia: ...

Author: Colum Hourihane

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780195395365

Category: Art

Page: 677

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This volume offers unparalleled coverage of all aspects of art and architecture from medieval Western Europe, from the 6th century to the early 16th century. Drawing upon the expansive scholarship in the celebrated 'Grove Dictionary of Art' and adding hundreds of new entries, it offers students, researchers and the general public a reliable, up-to-date, and convenient resource covering this field of major importance in the development of Western history and international art and architecture.

Pathos in Late Medieval Religious Drama and Art

438 Delumeau, Le pèché et lapeur, 65-99; Nigel Saul, Death, Art, and Memory in Medieval England: The Cobham Family and Their Monuments, 1300-1500 (New York: Oxford University Press, 2001); Susanna Greer Fein, “Life and Death, ...

Author: Gabriella Mazzon

Publisher: BRILL

ISBN: 9789004355583

Category: Drama

Page: 326

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Pathos in Late-Medieval Religious Drama and Art explores the connections between the language of European late-medieval drama and co-temporary themes and motifs in visual communication, focussing on the triggering of emotional reactions in the viewers as a persuasive device.

A Companion to Death Burial and Remembrance in Late Medieval and Early Modern Europe c 1300 1700

He looks at ways in which the memory of the dead invested the liturgical space of churches. ... through a 78 79 Nigel Saul, Death, Art and Memory in Medieval England: The Cobham Family and their Monuments 1300–1500 (Oxford: 2001) and ...

Author: Philip Booth

Publisher: BRILL

ISBN: 9789004443433

Category: History

Page: 532

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This companion volume seeks to trace the development of ideas relating to death, burial, and the remembrance of the dead in Europe from ca.1300-1700.

Monuments and Memory in Early Modern England

Saul, Nigel, Death, Art, and Memory in Medieval England: The Cobham Family and their Monuments 1300–1500 (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2001). Saul, Nigel, 'Bold as Brass: Secular Display in English Medieval Brasses', in Peter Coss ...

Author: Peter Sherlock

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781351916813

Category: History

Page: 296

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Funeral monuments are fascinating and diverse cultural relics that continue to captivate visitors to English churches, yet we still know relatively little about the messages they attempt to convey across the centuries. This book is a study of the material culture of memory in sixteenth and seventeenth-century England. By interpreting the images and inscriptions on monuments to the dead, it explores how early modern people wanted to be remembered - their social vision, cultural ideals, religious beliefs and political values. Arguing that early modern English monuments were not simply formulaic statements about death and memory, Dr Sherlock instead reveals them to be deliberately crafted messages to future generations. Through careful reading of monuments he shows that much can be learned about how men and women conceived of the world around them and shifting concepts of gender, social order and the place of humans within the universe. In post-Reformation England, the dead became superior to the living, as monuments trumpeted their fame and their confidence in the resurrection. This study aims to stimulate historians to attempt to reconstruct and engage with the world view of past generations through the unique and under-utilised medium of funeral monuments. In so doing it is hoped that more light may be shed on how memory was created, controlled and contested in pre-modern society, and encourage the on-going debate about the ways in which understandings of the past shape the present and future.

Archaeologies of Remembrance

The Cistercian Abbeys of Britain. Far from the Concourse of Men. London: Batsford. Rowlands, M. 1993. The role of memory in the transmission of culture. World Archaeology 25:141–151. Saul, N. 2001. Death, Art and Memory in Medieval ...

Author: Howard Williams

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 9781441992222

Category: Social Science

Page: 310

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How did past communities and individuals remember through social and ritual practices? How important were mortuary practices in processes of remembering and forgetting the past? This innovative new research work focuses upon identifying strategies of remembrance. Evidence can be found in a range of archaeological remains including the adornment and alteration of the body in life and death, the production, exchange, consumption and destruction of material culture, the construction, use and reuse of monuments, and the social ordering of architectural space and the landscape. This book shows how in the past, as today, shared memories are important and defining aspects of social and ritual traditions, and the practical actions of dealing with and disposing of the dead can form a central focus for the definition of social memory.

Beliefs and the Dead in Reformation England

Under the harsh mortality regime of pre-industrial England, the demands of the dead for memory were potentially insatiable ... Death, Art, and Memory in Medieval England: The Cobham Family and their Monuments, 13 00-1500 (Oxford, 2000), ...

Author: Peter Marshall

Publisher: OUP Oxford

ISBN: 9780191542916

Category: History

Page: 356

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This is the first comprehensive study of one of the most important aspects of the Reformation in England: its impact on the status of the dead. Protestant reformers insisted vehemently that between heaven and hell there was no 'middle place' of purgatory where the souls of the departed could be assisted by the prayers of those still living on earth. This was no remote theological proposition, but a revolutionary doctrine affecting the lives of all sixteenth-century English people, and the ways in which their Church and society were organized. This book illuminates the (sometimes ambivalent) attitudes towards the dead to be discerned in pre-Reformation religious culture, and traces (up to about 1630) the uncertain progress of the 'reformation of the dead' attempted by Protestant authorities, as they sought both to stamp out traditional rituals and to provide the replacements acceptable in an increasingly fragmented religious world. It also provides detailed surveys of Protestant perceptions of the afterlife, of the cultural meanings of the appearance of ghosts, and of the patterns of commemoration and memory which became characteristic of post-Reformation England. Together these topics constitute an important case-study in the nature and tempo of the English Reformation as an agent of social and cultural transformation. The book speaks directly to the central concerns of current Reformation scholarship, addressing questions posed by 'revisionist' historians about the vibrancy and resilience of traditional religious culture, and by 'post-revisionists' about the penetration of reformed ideas. Dr Marshall demonstrates not only that the dead can be regarded as a significant 'marker' of religious and cultural change, but that a persistent concern with their status did a great deal to fashion the distinctive appearance of the English Reformation as a whole, and to create its peculiarities and contradictory impulses.

The Ends of Life

Barker and Elaine Chalus (1997), 231–2; Houlbrooke, Death,329; Nigel Starck, Life after Death (Melbourne, 2006), 1–22. 67. ... 72 (2000); Nigel Saul, Death, Art, and Memory in Medieval England (Oxford, 2001), and id., ...

Author: Keith Thomas

Publisher: OUP Oxford

ISBN: 9780191623462

Category: History

Page: 416

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How should we live? That question was no less urgent for English men and women who lived between the early sixteenth and late eighteenth centuries than for this book's readers. Keith Thomas's masterly exploration of the ways in which people sought to lead fulfilling lives in those centuries between the beginning of the Reformation and the heyday of the Enlightenment illuminates the central values of the period, while casting incidental light on some of the perennial problems of human existence. Consideration of the origins of the modern ideal of human fulfilment and of obstacles to its realization in the early modern period frames an investigation that ranges from work, wealth, and possessions to the pleasures of friendship, family, and sociability. The cult of military prowess, the pursuit of honour and reputation, the nature of religious belief and scepticism, and the desire to be posthumously remembered are all drawn into the discussion, and the views and practices of ordinary people are measured against the opinions of the leading philosophers and theologians of the time. The Ends of Life offers a fresh approach to the history of early modern England, by one of the foremost historians of our time. It also provides modern readers with much food for thought on the problem of how we should live and what goals in life we should pursue.