Gothic Tombs of Kinship in France, the Low Countries, and England
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- Binding: Hardcover
- Publisher: Pennsylvania State Univ Pr
- Publish date: 01/01/2000
Gothic Tombs of Kinship is a study of one monumental tomb type in Northern Europe, traced from the thirteenth through the fifteenth centuries. This is the first extensive treatment that recognizes the kinship tomb for what it is, rather than compounding it with its celebrated counterpart, the ceremonial tomb, where the final rites or funeral procession of the deceased are represented. The unique characteristic of a tomb of kinship is that it includes a figurative representation of a family tree.
This book establishes the kinship tomb as an important Northern European iconographical type, equal in interest to the ceremonial tomb as a manifestation of the mentality of the late Middle Ages. It traces the development of the type from its inception in France and diffusion in the Low Countries and England until its vulgarization in prefabricated tombstones and alabaster tombs in the fifteenth century. The study demonstrates that after being imported into England in the late thirteenth century, the kinship tomb became a vehicle for Edward III's assertion of his claim to the French throne and, inspired by the king and court, the preferred type of the fourteenth-century English baron. Limited to the princes and knights and their ladies in the thirteenth century, the tomb was adopted by the minor gentry and the middle class by the late fourteenth century, with a corresponding change from an extended family program to one confined to the nuclear family.
Gothic Tombs of Kinship identifies a representative number of kinship tombs from the period and the territories that marked their apogee, deciphers their programs, and places them in their cultural context.
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Large 4to xx + 252 pp, List of illustrations (4 color plates and 106 b&w
Large 4to xx + 252 pp, List of illustrations (4 color plates and 106 b&w figures), abbreviations used in figures & appendixes, preface, introduction, 1. Genesis: Early thirteenth century family tombs in champagne and Brabant; 2. The Genealogical Tomb; 3. The tomb of kinship in the low countries during the late Thirteenth and Early Fourteenth Centuries; 4. The First Tombs of kinship in England; 5. The Royal English Tomb During the Minority and Reigbn of Edward III (1327-1377): 6. The English Baron's Tomb in the Fourteenth Century; 7. The Tomb of Edward III and New Developments in England at the end of the Fourteenth Century; 8. The Great Lord's Tomb of Kinship in the Fifteenth Century in England and Flanders; Conclusion; Appendix I: The Program of the Tomb of Henry III, Duke of Brabant (d.1261), and his Wife, Adelaide of Burgundy (d.1273); Appendix II: The Program of the Tomb of Marie de Bourbon, countess of Dreux (d. 1274) and additional like appendices III through XI Including one by John Goodall on Edmund Crouchback, Earl of Lancaster (d. 1296). Notes, Select Bibliography, index. Binding has slight foreward lop, else near fine inside and out. 8.75" x 11.25" gray cloth boards in illustrated DJ ( in protector)