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This section is now produced by Oliver Harris with contributions from Sally Badham, Paul Cockerham, Philip Lankester, Sophie Oosterwijk, Andrew Sargent and others. We all wish to thank Philip Lankester who produced the Recent Publications for any years but has now handed over to Oliver.

Originally the older Recent Publications was removed from the website, for the reasons of limited space, when a new edition arrived. Then when we obtained more web space this section merely tagged the latest Recent Publications onto the end of the previous Recent Publications so that this section became not only increasingly lengthy but effectively upside down. This has now been revised: this section will contain only the current Recent Publications; all the previous material has been moved elsewhere but may be accessed here. The current Latest Publications will eventually be tagged onto this list as before when a new edition is received.

I hope the long and unwieldy list will be of interest to some and hopefully one day it will be edited.

Oliver Harris, with contributions from Sally Badham, Michael E Howgate, Sophie Oosterwijk and Andrew Sargent.  Suggestions for future issues may be sent to

Christelle Balouzat-Loubet, 2012, ‘Fere granz despens convenablement en granz euvres: le mécénat de Mahaut, comtesse d’Artois (1302-1329)’, Histoire et archéologie du Pas-de-Calais, 30, 53-74

On the patronage exercised by the powerful Mahaut, Countess of Artois, including discussion of her effigial monument at Saint-Denis, and the tombs of her three sons, who all predeceased her.

Bruno Barber, Christopher Thomas & Bruce Watson, 2013, Religion in Medieval London: archaeology and belief  (Museum of London Archaeology: London. ISBN 978-1-907586-07-1. Pbk; 144pp; illus; £10)

Religious belief was central to the life and death of medieval Londoners.  In this popular book, one chapter deals with ‘the last things’, drawing on monuments and on cemetery excavations which have revealed much about health, diet and demography.  Other chapters deal with such topics as monasteries, military orders, hospitals and of course churches.

Jerome Bertram, 2013, ‘The brass of King Christopher I at Ribe’, Trans Monumental Brass Soc, 18:5, 388-90

A report on the indent of the figure brass (originally with an inlaid alabaster face) of King Christopher I (d.1259) of Denmark, recently recovered from beneath the high altar of Ribe Cathedral. The brass is identified as Flemish work, and parallels are found in Scotland. A date of c.1320 is suggested.

Rebekah Carson, 2014, ‘The quintessential Christian tomb: saints, professors, and Riccio’s tomb design’, Renaissance Studies, 28:1, 90-111

A study of Andrea Riccio’s large tomb monument (c.1516-21) for the medical professors Girolamo and Marcantonio Della Torre in San Fermo Maggiore, Verona. The author argues that, despite its all’antica visual language and lack of Christian iconography, the structure draws on the typology of the tombs of saints and exemplifies a virtuous Christian life.

Paul Cockerham, 2013, ‘Cathédrale ou collégiale?: monuments and commemoration in late medieval Toul’, Trans Monumental Brass Soc, 18:5, 423-66

A study of the many incised effigial slabs of Toul, Meurthe-et-Moselle, France, including those in the cathedral (mainly commemorating canons), in the collegiate church of Saint-Gengoult (many to members of the merchant class), and in the Musée d’Art et d’Histoire, formerly the chapel of the Maison-Dieu hospital. An appendix catalogues 121 examples, mostly of the late 13th to mid 16th centuries.

Juan Eugenio De La Rosa, 2011, ‘In paint, stone and memory: the tomb of Titian and the Habsburg Dynasty’, Athanor [Journal of Florida State Univ Dept of Art History], 29, 69-75

An account of the enormous Carrara marble monument to the painter Titian (d.1576) in the Church of the Frari, Venice, commissioned by the Emperor Ferdinand I of Austria, executed by Luigi, Pietro and Andrea Zandomeneghi, and dedicated in 1852.

Rachel Dressler, 2012, ‘Sculptural representation and spatial appropriation in a medieval chantry chapel’, in Elina Gertsman & Jill Stevenson (eds), Thresholds of Medieval Visual Culture: liminal spaces  (Boydell: Woodbridge. 406pp; 106 b/w, 8 colour illus; ISBN 9781843836971; hbk; £60)

On the ‘spatial politics’ dictating the arrangement of the 14th-century effigial monuments to members of the Gyvernay and Power families in the Gyvernay chantry chapel at Limington (Somerset), including discussion of possible earlier configurations.

Stephen Ede-Borrett, 2013, ‘The memorial of Lieutenant-General Cornelius Wood (1637-1712)’, J Soc Army Historical Research, 91:366, 144-5

Discusses the mural monument at Aston Clinton (Bucks), with extravagant trophies of arms, to Wood, who served prominently in the War of the Spanish Succession.

Jessica Freeman, 2013, ‘The commemorative strategies of the Frowyks of medieval London and Middlesex’, Trans Monumental Brass Soc, 18:5, 391-422

A longitudinal study of burials and other commemorative strategies of the Frowyk family, originally London merchants but later associated with South Mimms (Middx), over some ten generations from the late 13th to early 16th centuries.

Maureen Daly Goggin & Beth Fowkes Tobin (eds), 2013, Women and the Material Culture of Death (Ashgate: Farnham. xxii+384pp; 78 b/w illus; ISBN 978-1-4094-4416-9; hbk; £80)

Essays examining women’s relationships with the practices and rituals of death through the prism of material culture.  Contributions include E A Wright on three 19th-century women’s graves in New England; M Sterckx on women’s sculpture for the dead in various contexts; and B Kowaleski Wallace on the wax models of Anna Morandi Manzolini and Madame Tussaud. To be reviewed in Church Monuments.

John Goodall, 2013, ‘Parish church treasures’, Country Life, 207 spacer

Since the beginning of 2013, this regular one-page feature (text by Goodall and photography by Paul Barker) has highlighted a number of monuments, some well-known, others less so. They have included the Tournai slab of Gundrada (d.1085) at Southover, East Sussex (16 Jan.); Richard and Thomas Benet (d.1658 & 1667) at Babraham, Cambs. (30 Jan.); William & Catherine Gladstone, completed 1906, at Hawarden, Flints. (13 Mar.); Sir Ralph (d.1443) and Elizabeth Grey at Chillingham, Northumb. (10 Apr.); Arthur Vernon (d.1517) at Tong, Staffs. (15 May); Mary, Duchess of Montagu (d.1775) at Warkton, Northants. (17 July); two 15th-century effigies at Paignton, Devon (21 Aug.); Sir Giles (d.1632) and Catherine Savage at Elmley Castle, Worcs. (18 Sept.); Alice de la Pole (d.1475) at Ewelme, Oxon. (13 Nov.); and the St John family triptych at Lydiard Tregoze, Wilts. (11 Dec.).

Andrew Gordon & Thomas Rist (eds), 2013, The Arts of Remembrance in Early Modern England: memorial cultures of the Post Reformation (Ashgate: Farnham. 259pp; 23 b/w illus; ISBN 978-1-4094-4657-6; hbk; £60)

Essays addressing remembrance in the material, textual and performative cultures of post-Reformation England.  The introduction includes discussion of the rituals centred on the tomb erroneously identified as that of Humfrey, Duke of Gloucester, in St Paul’s Cathedral.  Other contributions include: Oliver Harris on genealogical tomb monuments (notably the projects of John, Lord Lumley, the Carews of Devon, and Sir Edward Dering); Robert Tittler on portraiture; and Tara Hamling on domestic fixtures and furnishings.  To be reviewed in Church Monuments.

Joseph J Gwara & Philip A Hayden, 2013, ‘A Wrottesley hatchment recovered’, Coat of Arms, 3rd ser. 9:1, 23-46

Discusses the funeral hatchment for John, first Baron Wrottesley (d.1841), thought to have been hung originally in Tettenhall church (Staffs) and now in a private collection in the United States.

Robert Halliday, 2013, A History of Suffolk Gravestones (Arima: Bury St Edmunds. 122pp; b/w illus; ISBN 9781845495954; pbk; £9.95)

Robert Halliday, 2013, Graves of the Famous and Notable (Arima: Bury St Edmunds. 110pp; b/w illus; ISBN 9781845496029; pbk; £9.95)

Two companion works on burials in Suffolk: the first focusing on monuments and markers, the second on the commemorated. Gravestones discusses the development and symbolism of monuments from the middle ages onwards, epitaphs, mausoleums, animal graves, and unusual burial places.

Eva Hausdorf, 2012, Monumente der Aufklärung: Die Grab- und Denkmäler von Jean-Baptiste Pigalle (1714-1785) zwischen Konvention und Erneuerung (Gebr. Mann: Berlin. 336pp; 158 b/w, 8 colour illus; ISBN 978-3-7861-2669-0; hbk; €69)

A study of monuments of the Enlightenment by the French sculptor Jean-Baptiste Pigalle, concentrating on four key works: the tomb monument to Maurice of Saxony, the memorial of Louis XV, the seated figure of the naked Voltaire, and the tomb monument of Count Harcourt.

Rainer Hugener, 2014, Buchführung für die Ewigkeit: Totengedenken, Verschriftlichung und Traditionsbildung im Spätmittelalter (Chronos Verlag: Zurich. 486pp; ISBN 978-3-0340-1196-9; hbk; CHF68/€55.50)

A study of commemorative practices centred on texts such as necrologies, obituaries, and anniversary books. It contains a catalogue of these documents from Switzerland from the 9th to 18th centuries (approximately 1,300 documents), and will be of interest to memoria researchers.

Peter Klein, 2012, ‘Pembridge parish church: some 17th-century visitors and its medieval heraldry’, Trans Woolhope Naturalists’ Field Club (Herefordshire), 60, 68-82

An investigation into some of the lost and altered medieval features of Pembridge church, making use of 17th-century antiquarian notes. The focus is on the 14th-century heraldic glass, but the four-effigy tomb assigned to members of the Gower family, which has twice been moved and reconfigured, is also discussed.

Paul Koudounaris, 2013, Heavenly Bodies: cult treasures & spectacular saints from the Catacombs (Thames & Hudson: London. 192pp; 105 mainly colour illus; ISBN 9780500251959; hbk; £18.95)

A sumptuously illustrated study of a group of skeletons disinterred from the Roman Catacombs in 1578 and identified as early Christian martyrs. They were subsequently reassembled, embellished with gold, jewels and costumes, and sent to German-speaking regions to replace relics lost during the Reformation.  To be reviewed in Church Monuments.

Suzanne Glover Lindsay, 2012, Funerary Arts and Tomb Cult: living with the dead in France, 1750-1870  (Ashgate: Farnham. xxi+254pp; 45 b/w illus; ISBN 978-1-4094-2261-7; hbk; £65)

A study of ‘tomb cult’ in 18th and 19th-century France, placing funerary arts within their social, political, cultural and aesthetic contexts.  Includes case-studies on David d’Angers’ tomb for the marquis de Bonchamps, erected 1825; family funerary projects of Louis-Philippe, in England, Malta and France; projects associated with the repatriation of the remains of Napoleon I in 1840; and the tomb by François Rude and Ernest Christophe to the dissident Godefroy Cavaignac (d.1845). To be reviewed in Church Monuments.

Melody Mobus, 2013, ‘The Burford school of masons’, Oxoniensia, 78, 99-114

An account of three dynasties of architectural masons (the Strongs, the Kempsters, and the Beauchamps), who emerged from quarries in the Burford area and were active in Oxfordshire in the 17th and early 18th centuries. Their work included tomb monuments, some of which are identified.

Haude Morvan, 2013, ‘Architecture dominicaine et promotion de nouveaux saints: autour de la tombe de Clément IV à Santa Maria in Gradi (Viterbe)’, Bulletin Monumental, 171:2, 99-106

On the tomb monument of Pope Clement IV (d.1268) in Viterbo, originally in the sanctuary of the Dominican church of Santa Maria in Gradi, moved in 1741 to a side-chapel, moved again in 1885 to the Franciscan church and heavily restored, and further restored following bomb damage in 1944. Possible French influences are considered (Clement having been of French origin), as well as the Dominican context.

Nicholas Orme, 2013, ‘William Newton, rector of the Bonhommes of Edington, 1465-c.1480’, Wiltshire Archaeol & Natural Hist Magazine, 106, 210-17

An investigation into the effigial monument to a cleric at Edington, Wilts.  The author plausibly identifies it, on the basis of its rebus and other circumstantial details, as that of William Newton; and provides further details of his life and tenure as rector of the community of Bonhommes.

Stefano Pagliaroli, 2013, ‘L’epitaffio di Pietro Bembo per Raffaello’, in Guido Beltramini, Davide Gasparotto & Adolfo Tura (eds), Pietro Bembo e l’invenzione del Rinascimento, pp. 292-299 (Marsilio: Venice. 440pp; many colour & b/w illus; ISBN 978-88-317-1509-6; pbk; €44)

An essay in the catalogue of an exhibition (held in Padua in early 2013) on the humanist scholar Pietro Bembo (1470-1547), which discusses the Latin epitaphs attributed to Bembo commemorating the painter Raphael (d.1520) and his fiancée, Maria Bibbiena, in the church of Santa Maria Ad Martyres (i.e. the Pantheon), Rome.

Michael Penman (ed.), 2013, Monuments and Monumentality across Medieval and Early Modern Europe  (Shaun Tyas: Donington. xxii+298pp; 139 mainly colour illus; ISBN 978-1-907730-28-3; hbk; £35)

An important collection of twenty essays emerging from the conference of the same title held at Stirling in 2011. Contributions range chronologically from the 10th to the 17th centuries; geographically from Scotland and Norway to Poland and Portugal; and thematically from medieval churchyards to the restoration of royal tombs. To be reviewed in Church Monuments.

N Powers et al, 2013, ‘“No certain roof but the coffin lid”: exploring the commercial and academic need for a high level research framework to safeguard the future of the Post-Medieval burial resource’, in Chris Dalglish (ed), Archaeology, the Public and the Recent Past (Boydell Press: Woodbridge), pp 125-44

Excavated human remains are hedged around with legal, ethical and financial considerations.  These priorities can risk the loss of valuable information, including demographic data, evidence for burial practices and coffin furniture.  The authors argue that a long-term framework can provide a holistic view and make it easier to involve other stakeholders.

Nicholas Riall, 2013, ‘The Waller tomb at Stoke Charity, Hampshire: conservative monument or a late pre-Renaissance, Perpendicular work?’, J British Archaeol Assoc, 166, 157-78

A reassessment of the tomb of John Waller (d.1526) and his wife Johane, conventionally dated from its inscription to c.1525, but which reveals no sign of Renaissance influence. Drawing on stylistic comparisons with work at Winchester Cathedral, the author proposes an attribution to Thomas Bertie, the Bishop of Winchester’s master mason, and a re-dating to c.1517-20.

Christian Schuffels, 2012, Das Brunograbmal im Dom zu Hildesheim: Kunst und Geschichte einer romanischen Skulptur (Schnell & Steiner: Regensburg. 160pp; 24 colour, 33 b/w illus; ISBN 978-3-7954-2255-4; hbk; €49.95)

Many members will be familiar with the Romanesque tombstone of Presbyter Bruno (d.1194) in Hildesheim Cathedral from the plaster cast in the V&A collection. This study is divided into three parts: the life of Bruno, his monument, and its subsequent reception.

Bettina Ulricke Schwick, 2012, ‘Dieser Steyn / Soll der Nachwelt Zeuge seyn’: Untersuchungen zu barockzeitlichen Epitaphien der Reichsstadt Regensburg, Regensburger Studien und Quellen zur Kulturgeschichte 20  (Schnell & Steiner: Regensburg. 332pp; 16 colour, 137 b/w illus; ISBN 978-3-86845-077-4; hbk; €39.95)

Based on doctoral research, this study focuses on the Baroque memorials to the citizens of Regensburg, both Catholic and Protestant. It includes a catalogue of 64 monuments.

Cinzia Maria Sicca & Louis A Waldman (eds), 2012, The Anglo-Florentine Renaissance: art for the early Tudors  (Yale Univ Pr: New Haven. x+414pp; 110 color + 20 b/w illus; ISBN 978-0-300-17608-7; hbk; £50)

Essays on Florentine artistic activity in pre-Reformation Tudor England, and cross-cultural exchange. Contributions include Alan Phipps Darr on Pietro Torrigiani’s sculpture, including tomb monuments; three essays on Benedetto da Rovezzano, including Francesco Caglioti on his proposed tomb for Cardinal Wolsey, later reworked for Henry VIII, but never completed; and Giancarlo Gentilini & Tommaso Mozzati on Baccio Bandinelli’s tomb for Henry VIII, also unexecuted.

Peter Sinclair, 2013, Medieval Walkern and Magna Carta  (Walkern History Soc. 134pp;  price £10. ISBN:  978-0-9576289-0-1)

The book, the first published by this recently founded society, includes a chapter devoted to the ‘de Lanvalei’ monument in the church of St Mary the Virgin, Walkern (Herts).  Copies can be ordered online at or purchased locally from the Walkern Gallery or the Brewery Tea Rooms.

Gavin Stamp, 2013, ‘Architecture’, Apollo 177:608 (Apr. 2013), 84-5

Pondering the debate over a tomb design for the rediscovered remains of Richard III, the author reviews other English royal tombs, but prefers the streamlined modernist design in metal by Jože Plečnik for Karel IV (d.1378), King of Bohemia and Holy Roman Emperor, installed in 1934-5 in St Vitus Cathedral, Prague.

Nicholas Stanley-Price, 2014, The Non-Catholic Cemetery in Rome: its history, its people and its survival for 300 years  (Non-Catholic Cemetery in Rome: Rome. 155pp; 80+ illus, 5 maps; ISBN 978-88-909168-0-9; pbk; €18.00). Obtainable from .  Italian edition also available.

A history of this mainly Protestant cemetery (favoured by British and North American expatriates) from its origins in the 18th century, and covering the threats from development it has managed to avert.  Includes notes on over 300 occupants.

Alexandra Stara, 2013, The Museum of French Monuments 1795-1816: ‘Killing art to make history’  (Ashgate: Farnham. xiii+183pp; 40 b/w illus; ISBN: 978-1-4094-3799-4; hbk; £60)

A study of the museum created by Alexandre Lenoir in the wake of the French Revolution in the former convent of the Petits-Augustins in Paris, to display relics of French history, including numerous royal tomb monuments.  To be reviewed in Church Monuments.

Sarah Tarlow & Liv Nilsson Stutz (eds), 2013, The Oxford Handbook of the Archaeology of Death and Burial  (Oxford Univ Pr: Oxford. xix+849pp; 126 b/w illus; ISBN 978-0-19-956906-9; hbk; £115)

A volume of 44 chapters which aims to provide a global overview of the theory and practice of mortuary archaeology. The focus is on human remains, but several contributors mention grave-markers, notably Deirdre O’Sullivan on the burial of the Christian dead in the later middle ages.

George Thomson, 2013, ‘Lettering on small brass plates 1600-1850’, Trans Monumental Brass Soc, 18:5, 467-89

An analysis of lettering styles adopted for a corpus of some 1250 inscriptions on small external and internal brass plates, mainly from England, discussing historical development and geographical distribution, and drawing comparisons with gravestones.

Kate Tiller, 2013, Remembrance and Continuity: war memorials and local history  (British Assoc for Local History: Ashbourne. 56pp; 47 colour & b/w illus; ISBN 978-0-948-140-01-3; pbk; £6.95)

A brief but authoritative guide to local war memorials, including discussion of pre-1914 examples, the background to commissioning and design choices, social roles, and guidance on how to extract the human stories behind the names. Includes case-studies of memorials in Colchester (Essex), Dorchester-on-Thames (Oxon), Mells, (Somerset) and Great Rissington (Glos).

Elizabeth C Tingle, 2012, Purgatory and Piety in Brittany 1480-1720  (Ashgate: Farnham. xvi+308pp; 1 map; ISBN 978-1-4094-3823-6; hbk; £75)

A study of beliefs about the often fluid concept of Purgatory, and the practices that accompanied them, in late-medieval and early-modern Catholic Europe; grounded in a case-study of the southern and western regions of Brittany.  To be reviewed in Church Monuments.

Dennis Wardleworth, 2013, William Reid Dick, sculptor  (Ashgate: Farnham. 230pp; 49 b/w illus; ISBN 978-1-4094-3971-4; hbk; £60)

The first monograph since 1945 dedicated to this major but neglected sculptor, whose work included numerous war memorials, as well as that to Lord Kitchener with recumbent effigy in St Paul’s Cathedral (1925), and the tomb effigies of George V and Queen Mary in St George’s Chapel, Windsor (1953).

Ray Westlake, 2013, ‘Remembering the Great War – All Hallows-by-the-Tower to St Olave’s City of London’, Stand to! [Journal of the Western Front Association], 97 (May 2013), 42-44

On World War I memorials in the City of London, including two at All Hallows by Cecil Thomas in the form of tomb chests with recumbent effigies. They commemorate the former vicar and founder of ‘Toc H’, Rev Philip ‘Tubby’ Clayton (d.1972), and Lt Alfred Forster (d.1919).

Philip Whittemore, 2012, ‘Nicholas de Nale, Ragusan merchant, and his brass’, Trans London & Middx Arch Soc, 63, 229-33

An account of a London-based merchant from Ragusa (modern Dubrovnik), who died in 1566, and was commemorated by an unusual brass (now lost, but well recorded) in the church of St Andrew Undershaft.

Philip Whittemore, 2013, ‘Animal creation: the curious brass to Thomas Rymer Jones’, Trans Monumental Brass Soc, 18:5, 490-94

Describes the brass at King’s College, London, to Thomas Rymer Jones (d.1880), Professor of Comparative Anatomy.  The design features a range of animals, reflecting Jones’s view of the natural world as a system of divine creation.

A S Wilson et al, 2013, ‘“Men that are gone … come like shadows, so depart”: research practice and sampling strategies for enhancing our understanding of Post-Medieval human remains’, in Chris Dalglish (ed), Archaeology, the Public and the Recent Past  (Boydell Press: Woodbridge. ISBN 978-1-84383-851-7), pp 145-61

How can the huge source of potential information represented by excavated human remains best be optimised while still affording dignity to the individuals concerned?  The large numbers of remains from post-medieval burial grounds, together with the expensive battery of possible analyses, will involve sensitive input at the planning stage.

Maureen Wright, 2012, ‘The tomb of Archbishop George Abbot’, Surrey Arch Collections, 97, 139-50

A study of the tomb by John and Matthias Christmas in Holy Trinity Church, Guildford, for George Abbot, Archbishop of Canterbury 1611-33. The author reviews Abbot’s posthumous reputation and later responses to the monument, including Philip Palmer’s fanciful theories of 1908 relating its iconography to Spenser’s Faerie Queen.

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