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Twelfth-century sculptural finds at Canterbury Cathedral and the cult of Thomas Becket.

Author: Carolyn Marino Malone
Publisher: Oxford : Oxbow Books 2019.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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This study reconstructs twelfth-century sculptural and architectural finds, found during the restoration of the Perpendicular Great Cloister of Christ Church, Canterbury, as architectural screens constructed around 1173. It proposes that the screens provided monastic privacy and controlled pilgrimage to the Altar of the Sword's Point in the Matrydom, the site of Archbishop Thomas Becket's murder in 1170.  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Carolyn Marino Malone
ISBN: 9781789252309 178925230X
OCLC Number: 1126282860
Description: 280 p.
Responsibility: Carolyn Marino Malone.

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This study reconstructs twelfth-century sculptural and architectural finds, found during the restoration of the Perpendicular Great Cloister of Christ Church, Canterbury, as architectural screens constructed around 1173. It proposes that the screens provided monastic privacy and controlled pilgrimage to the Altar of the Sword's Point in the Matrydom, the site of Archbishop Thomas Becket's murder in 1170. 0Excavations in the 1990s discovered evidence of a twelfth-century tunnel leading to the Matyrdom under the crossing of the western transept. The roundels, just around the corner on the south screening wall, can be interpreted as representing the unbelieving Other and forces of evil warning pilgrims to seek penance at the altar of the newly canonized St Thomas.0In addition to this new interpretation, a catalog raisonne and an account of the discovery of the finds offers material for future research that has been unavailable to previous studies. All the finds were photographed by the author as the restoration progressed and 16 pieces have since been lost, making some of the unpublished photographs essential evidence of the archaeological record.

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