Church Monuments Society

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Volume XXIX

In this volume

Nigel Saul The sculptor of the monument of a serjeant-
at-law at Flamstead (Hertfordshire):
a sequel

A sculptor based at the Totternhoe quarries in Bedfordshire in the early fifteenth century has been recenly identified as reponsible for a group of monuments in Hertfordshire, at Flamstead (c. 1408), Benington (c.1435) and Little Munden (c.1440). In this article three more by the same sculptor are identified, all of them in churches further north, at Marholm (Cambridgeshire, formerly Northamptonshire), Brough Green and Isleham (both Cambridgeshire). The monuments date from a period roughly mid-way between the earliest and the latest in the Hertfordshire series, suggesting that in the intervening twenty years the sculptor had been drawn northwards in search of work.

Jean L Wilson The Cotton Monuments at Landwade
The monuments in the church at Landwade (Cambridgeshire), of the Cotton family of Landwade and Madingley, form a continuous sequence from the mid-fifteenth to the mid-nineteenth centuries, when the male line became extinct. Later generations showed an attachment to the past: it seems possible, with the identification of the four earliest monuments to the family, that as early as the early sixteenth century the Cottons were displaying both a celebration and a glamourisation of their ancestry.

Oliver D. Harris The generations of Adam: the monument of Sir Gawen Carew in Exeter Cathedral.
The grandiose tomb of Sir Gawen Carew (d. 1584) and his wife in Exeter Cathedral stands as a remarkable statement of genealogical and dynastic identity. This paper examines the background to its erection and considers the part played by John Hooker, chamberlain and coroner of Exeter, in its design. It establishes that the lady commemorated was Elizabeth née Norwich (d. 1594), Sir Gawen's third wife and the monument's patron, and argues that the unusual third effigy was intended to represent Adam Mongomery de Carew, the family's legendary progenitor.

T. P. Connor 'A Standinge Tombe Of Stone'. Early modern chest tombs in the churchyards of west Dorset and south Somerset.
Chest tombs survive in large numbers in several parts of England, but have received little attention as a discrete form of funeral monument. This study, based on an area of about two hundred contiguous parishes, examines the forms of these structures during the period c. 1570 – 1714 and, from a detailed study of a substantial number of those commemorated by their tombs, attempts to place them in a social context.

David Wilson (with an appendix by Sally Badham) The Arches Court, Wootton St Lawrence and church monuments.
The recent decision by an ecclesiastical appeal court to set aside a faculty permitting the sale of an armet (made c.1500), being an accoutrement of a funerary monument for several centuries, has been hailed as a victory for all those concerned with preserving funerary monuments intact at the church where they are located. The case, however, proceeded as one where the armet was owned by the church, whereas title in most monuments and their accoutrements vests in the heir-in-law of the person commemorated by the monument. This article analyses and explains the decision of the court, and seeks to identify how the principles it established may have general application to all petitions for faculties concerning church monuments, irrespective of their ownership.

Review Articles

Peter Bitter, Viera Bonenkampovi and Koen Goudriaan (eds), Graven spreken. Perspectieven op grafcultuur in de middeleeuwse en vroegmoderne Nederlanden (Hilversum: Verloren, 2013), 256 pp., 21 b/w illus. and 20 colour plates. ISBN: 9-789087-043209. (paperback).

Dennis Wardleworth, William Reid Dick, sculptor (Farnham, Ashgate Publishing Ltd, 2013), 215 pp., 49 black and white iluus. ISBN: 978-1-4094-3971-4 (hardback)

Book Reviews

Richard Marks, Studies in the art and imigery of the Middle Ages (London, The Pindar Press, 2012), viii + 845 pp., 465 b/w illus. ISBN: 978-1-904597-38-4. (hardback)


Roger Rosewell, Medieval wall paintings (Oxford, Shire 2014), 96 pp., 90 colour plates. ISBN: 978-0-74781-293-7 (softback)


Adrian J. Webb (ed), Ancient church fonts of Somerset surveyed and drawn by Harry Pridham (Somerset Archaeological and Natural History Society, 2013), xl + 192 pp., many colour and b/w illus. ISBN: 978-0-902152-25-0. (hardback)

C. B. Newham. Book of effigies: photographs of selected recumbent effigies in English parish churches (DAE Publishing, 2013), 88 pp., 81 colour plates. ISBN: 978-1-906265-20-5. (softback)
C. B. Newham. Book of effigies II: photographs of selected recumbent effigies in English parish churches (DAE Publishing, 2014), 104 pp.,100 colour plates. ISBN: 978-1-906265-21-5. (softback)

Elma Brenner, Meredith Cohen and Mary Franklin Brown (eds), Memory and commemoration in medieval culture (Franham, Ashgate, 2013), 345 pp., 59 b/w illus. ISBN: 978-1-4094-2394-5 (hardback)

Cinzia M. Sicca and Louis A. Waldman (eds), The Anglo-Florentine Renaissance: art for the early Tudors (New Haven and London, Yale University Press, 2012), 414 pp., 147 colour and b/w illus. ISBN: 978-0-300-17608-7 (hardback)

Andrew Gordon and Thomas Rist (eds), The arts of rememberance in Early Modern England. Memorial cultures of the Post Reformation (Farnham, Ashgate, 2013), 29 pp., 23 b/w illus. ISBN: 978-1-4094-4657-6 (hardback)

Elizabeth C Tingle, Purgatory and piety in Brittany 1480-1720 (Farnham, Ashgate, 2012), xvi + 308 pp., 9 figures and daigrams and 6 tables. ISBN: 9-781409-438236 (hardback)

Maureen Daly Goggin and Beth Fowkes (eds), Women and the material culture of death (Farnham, Ashgate, 2013), xxii + 344 pp., bibliography and index, 77 b/w plates. ISBN: 978-1-4094-4416-9 (hardback)

Edward Chaney and Timothy Wilks, The Jacobean Grand Tour. Early Stuart travellers in Europe. (London and New York, I. B. Tauris & Co., 2014), 304 pp., 11 colour plates, 107 b/w illus. ISBN: 978-1-78076-783-8. (hardback)

Suzanne Glover Linsay, Funerary arts and tomb cult. Living with the dead in France, 1750-1850 (Farnham, Ashgate, 2012), xxii + 254 pp., 40 black and white illustrations. ISBN: 978-1-4094-2261-7 (hardback)

Paul Koudounaris, Heavenly bodies. Cult treasures and spectacular saints from the catacombs (London, Thames & Hudson, 2013) 184 pp. + index, 90 colour and 15 b/w illus. IBSN: 978-0-500-25-1959. (hardback)

Alexandra Stara, The Museum of French Monuments 1795-1816: 'Killing art to make history' (Farnham, Ashgate, 2013), xiii + 183 pp., 38 black and white illus. ISBN: 978-1-4094-3799-4 (hardback)

Nicholas Stanley-Price, The Non-Catholic cemetery in Rome: its history, its people, and its survival for 300 years. (Rome, The Non-Catholic Cemetery in Rome, 2014), 156 pp., 5 maps and 85 colour and b/w illus. ISBN: 978-88-909168-0-9 (paperback)

Robert Halliday, Suffolk graves. A history of Suffolk gravestones (Bury St Edmunds, Arima Publishing, 2013) , 113 pp., 234 b/w illus.. ISBN: 978-1-84549-595-4. (paperback)
Robert Halliday, Suffolk graves. Graves of the famous and notable  (Bury St Edmunds, Arima Publishing, 2013) , 100 pp., 144 b/w illus.. ISBN: 978-1-84549-602-9. (paperback)

Jim Dyson, Dead famous London (London, Bluecoat Press, 2013), 176 pp., colour illus. throughout. ISBN: 978-1908-45718-9 (paperback)

Kate Tiller, Remembrance and community. War memorials and local history (Ashbourne, The British Association for Local History, 2013). 56 pp. + 47 illus. mostly in colour. ISBN: 978-0-948-140-01-3. (paperback)

Gwendolyn Leick, Tombs of the great leaders: a contemporary guide (London, Reaktion, 2013), 320 pp., 8 colour and 125 b/w illus. ISBN: 978-1-78023-200-3. (hardback)

Matthew Byrne, Beautiful churches saved by the Churches Conservation Trust (London, Francis Lincoln, 2013), 176 pp., 250 colour illus. throughout. ISBN: 978-0-7112-3453-6 (hardback)

Markus Sanke, Die Gräber geistlicher Eliten Europas von der Spätantike bis zur Neuzeit: Archäologische Studien zur materiellen Reflexion von Jenseitsvorstellungen und ihrem Wandel, 2 vols + CD-ROM (Bonn, Habelt, 2012), 1104 pp., 219 colour and 431 b/w illus. ISBN: 978-3-7749-3685-0 (hardback)
Ulrika Wenland and Elisabeth Rüber-Schütte (eds), Die Merseburger Fürstengruft: Geschichte – Zeremoniell – Fürstengruft (Petersberg, Michael Imhof, 2013), 608 pp., 434 colour illus. ISBN: 978-3-86568-892-7. (hardback)
Rainer Berndt (ed),  Wider das Vergessen und für das Seelenheil: Memoria und Totengedenken im Mittelalter (Münster, Aschendorff, 2013), 384 pp., 32 colour plates. ISBN: 978-3-402-10436-1. (hardback)

Sarah Tarlow and Liv Nilsson Stutz (eds), The Oxford handbook of the archaeology of  death and burial. (Oxford, Oxford University Press, 2013), 849 pp., 115 line & black and white figures. ISBN: 978-0-19-956906-9. (Hardback)

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