This collection of papers, first delivered at the BAA's annual conference in 2002, celebrates medieval Rochester, including both cathedral and castle, an outstanding pair of surviving monuments to the power of contemporary church and state. The contributions demonstrate the great interest of these understudied buildings, their furnishings, and historical and archaeological contexts: from the rich documentary evidence for the Anglo-Saxon town to the substantial surviving fabric of the 11th, 12th and 13th centuries. Shrines, monuments, woodwork and seals are all fully covered, as well as the medieval monks themselves. There is also a piece on Archbishop Courtenay's foundation of the nearby collegiate church at Maidstone, Kent.
Editor's preface; list of abbreviations;Roman Rochester in its wider context MARK HASSALL; Rochester, A.D. 400-1066 NICHOLAS BROOKS; The Topography and Buildings of Medieval Rochester TIM TATTON-BROWN; Gundulf's Cathedral RICHARD PLANT; Bishop Gundulf's Door at Rochester Cathedral JANE GEDDES; The Twelfth-Century Nave of Rochester Cathedral RICHARD HALSEY; The Construction of the West Doorway of Rochester Cathedral RON BAXTER; The Late Twelfth-Century East End of Rochester Cathedral PETER DRAPER; The Medieval Shrines of Rochester JOHN CROOK; The Early-Thirteenth Century Choir-Stalls and Associated Furniture at Rochester Cathedral CHARLES TRACY (with an appendix by the late CECIL HEWETT); The West Transept of Rochester Cathedral JENNIFER S ALEXANDER; The Medieval Monuments of Rochester Cathedral NIGEL SAUL; The East Cloister Range of Rochester Cathedral Priory JOHN MCNEILL; Who Were the Monks of Rochester? JOAN GREATREX; William St John Hope (1854-1919) and the Historiography of Rochester Cathedral ALEXANDRA BUCHANAN; Some Rochester Seals JOHN CHERRY; The Building Stones of Rochester Castle and Cathedral BERNARD C WORSSAM (with an appendix by JEREMY ASHBEE);The Medieval Buildings and Topography of Rochester Castle JEREMY ASHBEE.