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Sculpting Family Identity: The Beaumont tombs of 13th-century Maine



Online event

Sculpting in stone a family identity: The Beaumont tombs and the political context of thirteenth-century Maine: Since their discovery in the remains of the Abbey of Étival (Maine) in the late nineteenth century, the tombs attributed to members of the Beaumont family have mostly been approached stylistically in an effort to date them. Given the lack of consensus that resulted from this approach, this lecture reconsider the evidence by giving greater attention to the historical situation of the County of Maine between the late twelfth and early fourteenth century. By insisting on the tension of political allegiances, Marcoux proposes a new chronology of the Beaumont tombs (including those that were lost), one which reflects an ongoing effort to define and promote the family identity.

Robert Marcoux is Associate Professor of Art History at the Department of Historical Sciences at Université Laval in Québec. His research interests focus on the theories, uses and functions of images in the medieval West from the 4th to 15th centuries. His work deals mostly with tomb sculpture, macabre imagery and representations of the body.

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This online talk is FREE to all and will take place on Zoom. Places must be booked via Eventbrite – go to to register. This is one of a series of online talks delivered by the Church Monuments Society for Spring 2023. For information on the rest of the series and on other events, go to

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