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  • Paperback: 380 pages
  • Publisher: Boydell Press; Reprint edition (17 May 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1843834847
  • ISBN-13: 978-1843834847
  • Product Dimensions: 17.4 x 2.2 x 24.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 272,394 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Perhaps the crowning achievements of the book are the gazetteer, the subject/place guide, and the bibliography which (...) will provide students and tourists with an invaluable and accessible source. Credit too, must go to Boydell for the exemplary and extensive colour illustrations which make this publication really stand out from the crowd. CHURCH ARCHAEOLOGY Put simply, if you want to know more about medieval church wall paintings than the brief descriptions contained in the average church guide then this is the book to have. (...) The whole of the book is both a joy and an inspiration. NORFOLK MEDIEVAL GRAFFITI SURVEY An enticing introduction to a fascinating subject, a visual feast with an eminently readable text. (It) will be valuable to scholars and students of church architecture alike. ECCLESIOLOGY TODAY A magnificent paperback edition (and) an indispensable guide not just to the works' artistic value but to its theological importance. THE CONTEMPORARY REVIEWBR> This is a thorough and richly illustrated guide to an art form many travelers know little about. (...) All in all, I highly recommend Medieval Wall Paintings in English and Welsh Churches to anyone interested in the Middle Ages, art, or travel in England in Wales. It's the perfect mixture of art, history, and guidebook, something I wish the travel industry would give us more of. GADLING BLOG, AOL TRAVEL It requires enormous effort of the imagination to envisage how our churches must have looked when every surface was covered with crowded, bright, sometimes very beautiful (...) paintings. This book is the best possible guide to those pre-Reformation times. SUFFOLK VIEW

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ROGER ROSEWELL was educated at St Edmund Hall, Oxford University. A former journalist, he is a Director of a private European art foundation and the news editor of the online stained glass magazine, VIDIMUS.


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Having read a number of works on medieval wall paintings I was looking forward to another detailed exploration of this overlooked artform. When I first opened this stunning book I realised that everything that had gone before paled into true insignificance. The images, over 250 of them, are all reproduced in full colour and are, quite simply, superb. In particular, the images of Ewelme and those from Eton College Chapel, neither of which have truly been seen before, are breathtaking. The author has also done something that no other author dealing with the subject has previously managed. Not only is the text well constructed and scholarly - it is also highly entertaining and evocative. Chapter six, in particular, brings alive the troubled sixteenth century reformation of the English parish church in a way that makes it both moving and saddening. One of the other great glories of this work, and it has many, is the fact that the whole work is accompanied by a gazetteer and subject guide. Invaluable for anyone wishing to actually see these medieval masterpieces in their original setting. This book will, without doubt, become THE reference work on the subject.
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Inspired by the art, and the history, rather than the religious context, I was intrigued by the first amazon review of this book. When the book arrived the praise was confirmed. The quality and quantity of colour illustrations - some of subjects not photographed properly before - is astonishing in a book of this price. After practically inhaling the illustrations, I then took time to start reading. What might have been a dry academic survey, is instead a lively and informative text that sets the paintings in the context of their times, covering their history, subject matter, the patrons and painters, how the paintings were made, the symbols employed and their meanings,through to the terrible effects of the Reformation, and finally the rescue of those that we can see today. The book is inspiring: it makes me want to jump into my car and drive about the country visiting these churches that hold such a wealth of vernacular art. One small cavil: maps showing their locations would have made this a one-volume companion on such trips, but I own an atlas so that lack is easily remedied. And even my other constant companion for such drives, the great 'England's 1000 Greatest Churches' by Simon Jenkins is deficient in that area. This book is a marvel: a perfect marriage between text and illustration.
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This is a superb book with a lot of information a delightful photography..i was like a child in a sweet shop looking through this book well worth the purchase..I hope to go on some visits to these churches and will take my book with me..
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I feel that this has been a neglected subject;there was destruction of images in English Churches during the Reformation and it is tempting to believe that the destruction was complete, though specialists in the fields of ecclesistical history or art history would have had a different view. For the interested person who does not have the opportunity to range across the country this book provides a comprehensive survey. There does appear to be a renewal of interest in religious art, Icons of the Eastern Church in particular, and this volume sets the subject in a local context and reveals aspects of pre-reformation England which may have been ignored for too long. One would hope that it would have a wide appeal, attracting the attention of those interested in art, Christianity and history.
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Comprehensive book regarding the making, history, subject, meaning, rescue and painters/patrons of English/Welsh church wall paintings in laymans English. Recommended.
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This is a well written series of essays that group the author's wide knowledge of these works into thematic chapters. As such this would make a good radio script. Astonishly poor colour illustrations of the relevant works are given the conventional numbers in brackets within the text to illustrate these essays. It is as if he and his photographer/publisher avoided flash photography or even the potential of basic Photoshop or any other picture editor. Most appear to be "raw" picture files which is perversely amateur. See figure 92, page 75 for instance amongst very many such examples. Most readers will be keen to find out the locations of these paintings as other reviewers have suggested. For instance,the church of "St. Mary" in a place called "Brook" cannot be found in the "Gazetteer" because the photographic captions do not actually contain reference to the relevant county. Unfortunately the gazetteer (index) lists churches by county only. In the same list there are some incredibly unhelpful descriptions eg "nave, east wall, above chancel screen: Doom" but even these lack a thumbnail illustration, condition, size or even a star rating to help to understand their importance. This failure is critical because it wastes an opportunity to track a grouping of regional styles, such as the West Sussex paintings which are world class. This field of British art deserves so much more. Where also are the itineraries to group the related works, the archival and web links or the metre scales to judge the sizes? How can anyone produce a publication with the subheading "in English and Welsh Churches" and not even produce a map in any of the 380 pages?
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