List of illustrations

  • Trinity Chapel, Canterbury Cathedral, looking east
  • St. Luke
  • St. Matthew
  • Trinity Chapel, Canterbury Cathedral, columns on northeast side
  • Sculpted fragments
  • Martyrdom of St. Thomas
  • Agnus Dei on keystone of eastern crossing vault, Canterbury Cathedral
  • Saint-Denis, eastern ambulatory
  • Corona from ambulatory, Canterbury Cathedral
  • Corona, Canterbury Cathedral from southeast
  • Canterbury Cathedral, aerial view from southeast
  • Corona in hands of St. Thomas, west front, Wells Cathedral
  • Historiated initial "I
  • Steps up to Trinity Chapel, north ambulatory, Canterbury Cathedral
  • Cross-section of Trinity Chapel and Corona showing crypt, Canterbury Cathedral
  • Crypt beneath Trinity Chapel, Canterbury Cathedral
  • Trinity Chapel Miracle Windows, Canterbury Cathedral
  • Nave, Sens Cathedral
  • Steps up to southern ambulatory from crossing, Saint Denis
  • Steps up to Trinity Chapel, south side, Canterbury Cathedral
  • Trinity Chapel Miracle Windows, Canterbury Cathedral
  • St. Thomas parts company with Henry II and Louis VII and rides towards the Vulgus
  • Basilica of Santa Constanza
  • Trinity Chapel, ambulatory from Corona, Canterbury Cathedral
  • Trinity Chapel, view west from triforium showing pavements, Canterbury Cathedral
  • Trinity Chapel, general view to east, Canterbury Cathedral
  • Master Alan of Lille and Master Peter the Chanter
  • Chichester Cathedral, retrochoir looking northwest
  • Trinity Chapel, from south ambulatory, Canterbury Cathedral
  • Trondheim (Nidaros) Cathedral
  • Trondheim (Nidaros) Cathedral, octagon, ambulatory
  • Archbishop Baldwin as author of De sacramento altaris
  • Head of window, Canterbury Cathedral
  • St. Augustine's Chair
  • Tomb of Archbishop Hubert Walter, Canterbury Cathedral
  • Tomb of Archbishop Hubert Walter, detail of lid, Canterbury Cathedral
  • Tyche of Antioch
  • Seal of Hubert Walter showing martyrdom of St. Thomas
  • St. Thomas at table, the four knights and the martyrdom
  • Notre-Dame, tribune at east end
  • Vault of eastern transept, Lincoln Cathedral
  • West portal, St. Albans Abbey
  • Nave looking east, St. Albans Abbey
  • St. Hugh's Choir, view to west, Lincoln Cathedral
  • Lincoln Cathedral, aerial view from southeast
  • Illumination from Gilbert of Limerick, De statu ecclesie
  • Lincoln Cathedral, arcading in south choir aisle
  • Salisbury Cathedral, from northeast
  • Seal of Archbishop Stephen Langton
  • Seal of Bishop Richard Poore
  • Nave looking east, Salisbury Cathedral
  • Eastern crossing, Salisbury Cathedral
  • High vault corbel in eastern transept, Lincoln Cathedral
  • Trinity Chapel, Salisbury Cathedral
  • Temple Church, London, looking east
  • Section of pulpitum screen (reset), Salisbury Cathedral
  • Leadenhall of Elias of Dereham, Salisbury Cathedral close
  • The Great Hall, Winchester Castle
  • Main elevation of presbytery and apse, Westminster Abbey
  • Octagon, Ely Cathedral
  • Ely Cathedral, aerial view from southeast
  • Retrochoir looking east, Ely Cathedral
  • Retrochoir triforium, north side, Ely Cathedral
  • Nave looking northwest, Lincoln Cathedral
  • Corbel, Lincoln Cathedral chapter house
  • Border of window, Canterbury Cathedral
  • Crocket pier, northeast transept, Lincoln Cathedral
  • Crocket pier, detail, Lincoln Cathedral
  • Crocket pier at entrance to octagon, Trondheim (Nidaros) Cathedral
  • Crucifixion, detail
  • Vault shaft corbel closed, Ely Cathedral
  • Vault shaft corbel open, Ely Cathedral
  • Corbel with miracle of St. Etheldreda's budding staff, Ely Cathedral
  • Crosier showing the Annunciation
  • Retrochoir vault (east at top), Ely Cathedral
  • Pier, parish church
  • St. Etheldreda
  • Tomb effigy of Bishop Hugh of Northwold, Ely Cathedral
  • West façade, Wells Cathedral
  • Effigy of Bishop Levericus, Wells Cathedral
  • Effigy of Bishop Giso, Wells Cathedral
  • West façade, central portion, Wells Cathedral
  • Head of a king, west façade, Wells Cathedral
  • Seated bishop, west façade, Wells Cathedral
  • Semei window, Canterbury Cathedral
  • Fall of the Rebel Angels and Creation
  • Trinity
  • Norwich Cathedral Priory, second seal (counterseal)
  • Quatrefoil showing Christ in the Temple, west façade, Wells Cathedral
  • Singers gallery within west façade, Wells Cathedral
  • Angel, west façade, Wells Cathedral
  • Coronation of the Virgin (above); Virgin and Child (below), west façade, Wells Cathedral
  • Seal of Jocelin, Bishop of Wells
  • Resurrection, west façade, Wells Cathedral
  • Christ figure, west façade, Wells Cathedral
  • St. Thomas, west façade, Wells Cathedral
  • Royal martyrs, west façade, Wells Cathedral
  • Deacons, west façade, Wells Cathedral
  • Chorus of Virgins
  • Seated king with charter, west façade, Wells Cathedral
  • Virgin and Child, west façade, Wells Cathedral
  • Henry II sends Becket's relations into exile; St. Thomas at Pontigny ill from excessive fasting
  • Holy kings of England crowned in heaven: Alfred, Edgard, and Ethelred
  • Painted wooden sculpture of a bishop
  • Tomb of Archbishop Walter Gray, York Minster
  • Tomb of Bishop Giles Bridport, Salisbury Cathedral
  • Tomb effigy of Bishop Giles Bridport, Salisbury Cathedral
  • Roger Niger, Bishop of London, consecrates Edmund of Abingdon as Archbishop of Canterbury
  • St. Thomas Becket and St. Thomas Cantilupe
  • Shrine of St. Edmund, Pontigny Abbey
  • St. Edmund of Abingdon
  • Holy Trinity seal
  • Seal of Edmund of Abingdon as Archbishop of Canterbury
  • Virgin Mary vests St. Thomas in a hair shirt
  • Lady de Quincy prays before the Virgin Mary
  • St. Thomas the patron or model
  • St. Edmund the copy
  • Tomb effigy of King John with Oswald and Wulfstan, detail, Worcester Cathedral
  • Healing of the sick at St. Edward's tomb, with the Miracle of the Ring
  • Marriage and coronation of Queen Edith
  • Vision of the King of Denmark drowning seen by St. Edward at Mass
  • Miracle of the Ring
  • Shrine of St. Edward, Westminster Abbey
  • Elevation of the Host
  • The Fourth Lateran Council
  • St. Edward witnesses the Christ Child in the Host
  • Limoges enamel reliquary casket
  • Limoges enamel pyx
  • Elevation of the Host, with bell
  • Elevation of the Host, with bell
  • Virgin and Child censed by angels, beneath tabernacle
  • Christ, Apostles and Gospel scenes
  • Saint-Denis, eastern ambulatory with rectangular stone retables
  • Christ and Apostles
  • St. Francis vita-retable
  • St. Dunstan
  • St. Thomas
  • St. Thomas
  • Drawing of mural of St. Thomas at Stow
  • St. Olaf, Archbishop Øystein and St. Peter
  • Consecration of St. Thomas
  • Nave looking east, St. Albans Abbey
  • Virgin and Child
  • St. Peter
  • Crucifixion and Mariola with censing angels
  • Coronation of Virgin and Crucifixion
  • Wheel of Sevens divided into seven concentric rings and seven radial segments
  • Allegory of the armed struggle against sin
  • Shield of Faith
  • Shield of Faith
  • Templum Domini
  • St. Thomas rejects the petition of the illiterate priest
  • The reward for overcoming the vice of anger: Christ embraces the merciful knight from the Cross
  • Joan Tateshal (d. 1310) face-to-face with Saint Robert Grosseteste
  • Humility personified: sin of Pride; King Ahaziah falling; sinner confessing; hypocrisy looking back
  • Chapter house entrance, Salisbury Cathedral
  • Chapter house entrance, detail of virtues, Salisbury Cathedral
  • Tower of Wisdom
  • St. Thomas and St. Edmund of Abingdon, St. Nicholas and St. James
  • Meditation before Lauds
  • The progress of the soul/patroness up the 15 steps of the 15 gradual Psalms to God
  • Kyrie eleison with instructions
  • Agnus Dei with catechetical instructions
  • Crucifixion
  • Crucifixion
  • Crucifixion
  • Crucifixion
  • Flagellation, Crucifixion, Deposition and Resurrection
  • Crucifixion
  • Crucifixion
  • Crucifixion
  • Crucifixion
  • Crucifixion
  • Crucifixion
  • Jews brought to the Cross by the teaching of Elijah
  • Annunciation with lily crucifix
  • Crucifixion
  • Crucifixion
  • Carrying of Cross, Crucifixion
  • Crucifixion with Old Testament types
  • Crucifixion
  • Crucifixion
  • Crucifixion
  • Crucifixion
  • Crucifixion
  • Virgin and Child, with kneeling monk Matthew Paris
  • Three Faces of Christ
  • Rood beam and Cross, Halberstadt Cathedral
  • Saints and rood
  • Seraph
  • Wise and Foolish Virgins, Magdeburg Cathedral
  • Wise and Foolish Virgins, Magdeburg Cathedral
  • Angel in buttress aedicule, Reims Cathedral, east end
  • Grinning man, Reims Cathedral
  • Grinning woman, Reims Cathedral
  • Rude youth, Reims Cathedral
  • Self-possessed man, Reims Cathedral
  • Smiling angel (pre-1914–18), nave buttress, Reims Cathedral
  • ?St. Nicaise and smiling angel, west façade, left portal, Reims Cathedral
  • Gabriel and Virgin Mary, west façade, centre portal, Reims Cathedral
  • Head of angel from wall arcading, east end, Westminster Abbey
  • Pensive man, from triforium gallery, Westminster Abbey
  • Reglindis, Naumburg Cathedral
  • Uta and Ekkehard, Naumburg Cathedral
  • Grinning for gladness: corbel heads addressing St. Faith's altar, Westminster Abbey
  • The blessed received into Abraham's bosom, west façade, Bourges Cathedral
  • Vision of the King of Denmark drowning seen by St. Edward at Mass
  • Wise and Foolish Virgins, west façade, Strasbourg Cathedral
  • Wise and Foolish Virgins, west façade, Strasbourg Cathedral
  • Christ Rising from the Tomb (Resurrection)
  • Singing clerks
  • Singing clerks
  • Fiddler and singing clerks
  • King David at the organ
  • Theophilus performs homage to the Devil and hands him the charter
  • Gabriel and Raphael
  • Angel Choir, looking northeast, Lincoln Cathedral
  • Angel Choir, south porch, Lincoln Cathedral
  • Angel Choir, north gallery, Lincoln Cathedral
  • Pulpitum, detail, Salisbury Cathedral
  • Detail arcade, upper chapel, Sainte-Chapelle,
  • Contention of man and beast, Angel Choir, boss in south side aisle, Lincoln Cathedral
  • Disputation among prophets, Angel Choir, boss in south side aisle, Lincoln Cathedral
  • Coronation of Virgin, Angel Choir, boss in south side aisle, Lincoln Cathedral
  • Tree of Jesse, with David tuning his harp, Angel Choir, boss in south side aisle, Lincoln Cathedral
  • Bathsheba, Angel Choir, boss in south aisle, Lincoln Cathedral
  • Angel with Crown of Thorns, Angel Choir, Lincoln Cathedral
  • Angel of Expulsion, Angel Choir, Lincoln Cathedral
  • Christ the merciful Judge, Angel Choir, Lincoln Cathedral
  • Virgo lactans, Angel Choir, Lincoln Cathedral
  • Angel with lure and hawk, Angel Choir, Lincoln Cathedral
  • King David, Angel Choir, Lincoln Cathedral
  • Angel and viol, Angel Choir, Lincoln Cathedral
  • Angel and trumpet, Angel Choir, Lincoln Cathedral
  • Historiated initial "D," with the rising of the sun at Prime
  • Lincoln Cathedral, Angel Choir, east window
  • Westminster Abbey, south transept window
  • Angel and the Millstone
  • St. John carried up to the New Jerusalem
  • Angel whose face was the sun
  • Arcading, Southwell Minster chapter house
  • Arcading, detail, Southwell Minster chapter house
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~Some of the material in this book was first presented to a public audience in the Paul Mellon Lectures which I delivered in 2002–3 at the National Gallery, London, and again at the Yale Center for British Art in New Haven. Since then it has of course been very substantially recast; but I am most grateful for having had the opportunity to share my ideas with...
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~~The choice of the English thirteenth century as the topic for an extended study of the visual arts has not been a natural one in recent decades. Perhaps two published texts stand out. Peter Brieger’s thoroughly sensible and still useful contribution to the Oxford History of Art series entitled English...
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On a bright summer morning, the interiors of the Trinity Chapel and Corona at the east end of Canterbury Cathedral can be seen to particular advantage...
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Canterbury as rebuilt in the late twelfth century provided a brilliant, and, in the best sense of the word, peculiar, resolution of its special predicament as the shrine-church of a quite exceptional cult...
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In order better to understand the character and direction of the various Gothic movements in England in the thirteenth century...
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In 1250 the talented and pugnacious Benedictine historian Matthew Paris drew breath from his manifold tasks in order to summarize in his Chronica majora...
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One such patron, a significant bishop who also elected to be buried at the very centre of his church, was Jocelin of Wells. Jocelin, Bishop of Bath (1206–42), and a man with curial experience, presided over a church whose plight was very different from that of stable Ely Wells had no important relic-cult. Its importance as an Anglo-Saxon diocesan church had...
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The young and formidable Isabel, Countess of Arundel, showed no fear before the fickle King Henry III: Matthew Paris loved her for her defiant defence of English liberty, and his Chronica majora...
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So far this book has addressed such issues as allegory, morality and sanctity; and because my concern is to consider yet more deeply what Clifford Geertz identifies as the ethical content of symbols – their ‘moral and aesthetic style’ – the reader must now confront the most palpable ways by means of which such symbols were lent a framework of official coherence and...
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Various points in this book consider the importance of the type of moral theology developed in the twelfth-century schools...
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Ralph Baldock’s suppression of the cross at Conyhope had a rational aspect in regard to religious signs. Because its form was unlike that of a proper cross, it fundamentally subverted the doctrines associated with the idea of a cruciform image. Worse: according to the first of the two sources for the events of 1305, the cross was also a Crux horribilis, a cross of...
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The best-known ‘self-portrait’ of Matthew Paris is a large tinted drawing (in the Historia anglorum) which shows...
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Reference in such works as Morale scolarium and Quatuor principalia to the moral utility of visual images...
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~As an ensemble (and here the notion of ‘ensemble’ seems perfectly appropriate)In general see Raguin, Brush and...
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