Church Building and Society in the Later Middle Ages
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- Author: Gabriel Byng, University of Cambridge
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The construction of a church was undoubtedly one of the most demanding events to take place in the life of a medieval parish. It required a huge outlay of time, money and labour, and often a new organisational structure to oversee design and management. Who took control and who provided the financing was deeply shaped by local patterns in wealth, authority and institutional development - from small villages with little formal government to settlements with highly unequal populations. This all took place during a period of great economic and social change as communities managed the impact of the Black Death, the end of serfdom and the slump of the mid-fifteenth century. This original and authoritative study provides an account of how economic change, local politics and architecture combined in late-medieval England. It will be of interest to researchers of medieval, socio-economic and art history.Read more
- Offers fascinating insights into the human story behind the construction of England's parish churches, and shows how profoundly political it was
- Explores who financed the construction of parish churches and how this changed during the medieval period
- Sets medieval architecture in the context of contemporary society, economics and local politics
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- Date Published: November 2017
- format: Adobe eBook Reader
- isbn: 9781108548748
- contains: 31 b/w illus. 19 tables
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Table of Contents
1. Financing construction I: the parish
2. Financing construction II: gentry and clergy
3. Organising construction I: the churchwardens
4. Organising construction II: contracting committees and fabric wardens
5. Organising construction III: aristocracy, clergy and institutions
6. Approaches to building work.
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