Seats, Relics, and the Rationale of Images in Westminster Abbey, Henry III to Edward II

Guerry, Emily and Binski, Paul (2015) Seats, Relics, and the Rationale of Images in Westminster Abbey, Henry III to Edward II. In: Rodwell, Warwick and Tatton-Brown, Tim, eds. Westminster - The Art, Architecture and Archaeology of the Royal Palace and Abbey Part 1. Maney, London. ISBN 978-1910887257. (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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Abstract

The aim of this paper is to illuminate the wall and panel paintings in the sanctuary and south transept of Westminster Abbey by considering their relationship to the ways these spaces were furnished and used. The study of liturgy, inferring behaviour from texts, tends to idealization and does not always take into account human contingencies, that is, what actually happened. In cases such as Westminster’s, the well-documented unruliness of courts reminds us of brute reality. The sedilia in the sanctuary were made in a context that witnessed conditions of actual riot during court ritual. The south transept paintings adorned a complex space used or viewed by monks and layfolk. The murals amplified the relic cults of the church and were part of a viewing situation whose agency depended in part upon access routes and seating of uncertain nature. We take these cases in turn, beginning with seating and images in the south transept.

Item Type: Book section
Subjects: D History General and Old World
Divisions: Faculties > Humanities > School of History
Depositing User: M.R.L. Hurst
Date Deposited: 02 Feb 2016 11:10 UTC
Last Modified: 04 Feb 2016 08:50 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/53927 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
Guerry, Emily: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-1844-3347
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