1st Edition

Medieval Art, Architecture and Archaeology in Cambridge College, Church and City

Edited By Gabriel Byng, Helen Lunnon Copyright 2022
    420 Pages 270 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    420 Pages 270 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Medieval Art, Architecture and Archaeology in Cambridge explores the archaeology, art, and architecture of Cambridge in the Middle Ages, a city marked not only by its exceptional medieval university buildings but also by remarkable parish churches, monastic architecture, and surviving glass, books, and timber work.

    The chapters in this volume cover a broad array of medieval, and later, buildings and objects in the city and its immediate surrounds, both from archaeological and thematic approaches. In addition, a number of chapters reflect on the legacy and influence medieval art and architecture had on the later city. Along with medieval colleges, chapels, and churches, buildings in villages outside the city are discussed and analysed. The volume also provides detailed studies of some of the most important master masons, glassmakers, and carpenters in the medieval city, as well as of patrons, building types, and institutional development. Both objects and makers, patrons, and users are represented by its contents. The volume sets the archaeological and art historical analysis in its socio-economic context; medieval Cambridge was a city located on major trade routes and with complex social and institutional differences.

    In an academic field increasingly shaped by interdisciplinary interest in material culture, Medieval Art, Architecture and Archaeology in Cambridge marks a major new contribution to the field, focussing on the complexity, variety, and specificity of the buildings and objects that define our understanding of Cambridge as a medieval city.

    Medieval Cambridge: Borough, Churches, and Colleges in Their Economic and Social Context

    John S. Lee

    A ‘Coffin’ for St Audrey: Some Misunderstandings about Middle-Saxon Cambridge?

    Paul Everson and David Stocker

    The Late-Saxon Graveyard at Cambridge Castle and the Origins of Urbanism in Cambridge

    Paul Everson and David Stocker

    The People of Holy Sepulchre, Cambridge, in the 12th Century

    Catherine E. Hundley

    Exploring the Changing Face of Architecture across the Long 12th Century: The Lost Anglo-Norman Churches of Augustinian Barnwell Priory and the Scattered Remains of Romanesque Cambridge

    Jill A. Franklin

    The Parochial Nave in 12th-and 13th-Century Cambridgeshire

    Meg Bernstein

    Two Early Collegiate Parish Churches in Cambridge: St Michael’s and Little St Mary’s

    Paul Binski

    Patrons, Social Networks, and the Architecture of Collegiate Churches in and around Cambridge in the Early 14th Century

    Andrew Budge

    An Architecture of Incumbency? Burwell and Beyond

    Zachary Stewart

    John Wastell: Architect, Genius, and All-Round Mr Fix-It

    F. Woodman

    Thomas Loveday and His ‘Occupation of Carpynter’s Craft’

    Lucy Wrapson

    ‘Souvent Me Souvient’: Remembering Lady Margaret Beaufort’s Painted Glass in Cambridge

    Anya Heilpern

    The Aesthetics of Change: Edward III’s Secretum Secretorum and English Manuscript Illumination of the 14th Century

    Michael A. Michael

    Common Seals? The Iconography of the Medieval Seals of Cambridge Colleges

    Nicholas Rogers

    Robert Willis On Cambridge: Church, Colleges, and City

    Alexandrina Buchanan

    Morris, Leach, Parr, and Gothic Mural Decoration in Victorian Cambridge

    Spike Bucklow

    Oxbridge in America: Archaeology, Emulation, and Disneyfication

    Arnold William Klukas

    Site Reports

    The Anglo-Saxon Church of the Holy Trinity at Great Paxton

    Eric Fernie

    St Bene’t, Cambridge

    John McNeill

    Jesus College Chapel

    Peter Draper and Richard Halsey


    Gabriel Byng holds a Marie-Skłodowska Curie Individual Fellowship at the University of Vienna and was previously a research fellow at the University of Cambridge. His first monograph, Church Building and Society in the Later Middle Ages, was published in 2017.

    Helen Lunnon is Head of Learning at Norwich Castle Museum and Art Gallery and a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London. Her fascination with the mutual influence of people, places, and things is explored in East Anglian Church Porches and their Medieval Context, published  in 2020.