1st Edition

The Regional and Transregional in Romanesque Europe

Edited By John McNeill, Richard Plant Copyright 2021
    344 Pages 39 Color & 350 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    344 Pages 39 Color & 350 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    344 Pages 39 Color & 350 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    The Regional and Transregional in Romanesque Europe considers the historiography and usefulness of regional categories and in so doing explores the strength, durability, mutability, and geographical scope of regional and transregional phenomena in the Romanesque period.

    This book addresses the complex question of the significance of regions in the creation of Romanesque, particularly in relation to transregional and pan-European artistic styles and approaches. The categorization of Romanesque by region was a cornerstone of 19th- and 20th-century scholarship, albeit one vulnerable to the application of anachronistic concepts of regional identity. Individual chapters explore the generation and reception of forms, the conditions that give rise to the development of transregional styles and the agencies that cut across territorial boundaries. There are studies of regional styles in Aquitaine, Castile, Sicily, Hungary, and Scandinavia; workshops in Worms and the Welsh Marches; the transregional nature of liturgical furnishings; the cultural geography of the new monastic orders; metalworking in Hildesheim and the valley of the Meuse; and the links which connect Piemonte with Conques.

    The Regional and Transregional in Romanesque Europe offers a new vision of regions in the creation of Romanesque relevant to archaeologists, art historians, and historians alike.

    The epistemological, political, and practical issues affecting regional categories in French Romanesque architecture

    Claude Andrault-Schmitt

    Hans Kubach’s treatment of regions in the study of Romanesque architecture

    Eric Fernie

    Did Zodiaque’s regional portrayal create a false impression as to the nature of Romanesque?

    Philip Bovey

    Romanesque sculpture in Aquitaine: a history of the marginalisation of a widely imitated regional sculptural style

    Marcello Angheben

    The baldachin-ciborium: the shifting meanings of a restricted liturgical furnishing in Romanesque art

    Manuel Castiñeiras

    Hildesheim as a nexus of metalwork production, c. 1130–1250

    Gerhard Lutz

    ‘Mosan’ metalwork and its diffusion in the Rhineland, France, and England

    Aleuna Macarenko

    Winchester’s Holy Sepulchre Chapel and Byzantium: iconographic transregionalism?

    Cecily Hennessy

    Transregional dynamics, monastic networks: Santa Fede in Cavagnolo, Conques, and the geography of Romanesque art

    Michele Luigi Vescovi

    Tiron on the edge: cultural geography, regionalism and liminality

    Sheila Bonde and Clark Maines with John Sheffer 

    Four Romanesque Cistercian abbeys in Lesser Poland: the context of their foundation

    Tomasz Węclawowicz

    The Cathedral of Catania and the creation of the Norman County of Sicily: transregional and transalpine models in the architecture of the late 11th century

    Tancredi Bella

    ‘School’ or 'masons’ workshop'?: reflections on the so-called Wormser Bauschule and on the definition of regional style

    Wilfried E. Keil

    Towards an anatomy of a regional workshop: the Herefordshire School revisited

    John McNeill

    Crossing the Pyrenees: migration, urbanization, and transregional collaboration in Romanesque Aragon

    Julia Perratore

    Transregionalism and particularity in the Romanesque woodcarving of 12th-Century Catalonia

    Jordi Camps i Sòria

    Romanesque woodcarvers and plasterers in the Abruzzi: the Mediterranean connection

    Gaetano Curzi

    A country without regions?: the case of Hungary

    Béla Zsolt Szakács

    Reassessing the problem of Scandinavian Romanesque

    Benjamin Zweig

    The creation of Castilian identity under Alfonso VIII and Leonor Plantagenet

    Elizabeth Valdez del Álamo


    John McNeill teaches at Oxford University’s Department of Continuing Education and is Honorary Secretary of the British Archaeological Association, for whom he has edited and contributed to volumes on Anjou, King’s Lynn and the Fens, the medieval cloister, and English medieval chantries. He was instrumental in establishing the BAA’s International Romanesque Conference Series and has a particular interest in the design of medieval monastic precincts.

    Richard Plant has taught at a number of institutions and worked for many years at Christie’s Education in London, where he was deputy academic director. His research interests lie in the buildings of the Anglo-Norman realm and the Holy Roman Empire, in particular in architectural iconography. He is Publicity Officer for the British Archaeological Association, and in addition to this volume has co-edited Romanesque and the Past (2013), Romanesque Patrons and Processes (2018), and Romanesque Saints, Shrines and Pilgrimage (2020).