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Westminster: The Art, Architecture and Archaeology of the Royal Abbey and Palace

ISBN 9781910887288
Published November 21, 2016 by Routledge
628 Pages

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Book Description

The British Archaeological Association’s 2013 conference was devoted to the study of Westminster Abbey and the Palace of Westminster. It also embraced Westminster School, which was founded at the Reformation in the Abbey precinct. Collectively, these institutions occupy a remarkable assemblage of medieval and later buildings, most of which are well documented. Although the Association had held a conference at Westminster in 1902, this was the first time that the internationally important complex of historic buildings was examined holistically, and the papers published here cover a wide range of subject matter.

Table of Contents



 TIM TATTON-BROWN The Medieval and Early Tudor Topography of Westminster

MARTIN HENIG ‘A Fine and Private Place’: The Sarcophagus of Valerius Amandinus and the Origins of Roman Westminster

WARWICK RODWELL The Archaeology of Westminster Abbey: An Historiographical Overview

FRANCIS WOODMAN Edward the Confessor’s Church at Westminster: An Alternative View

STUART HARRISON AND JOHN MCNEILL The Romanesque Monastic Buildings at Westminster Abbey

RICHARD JONES Numerical Archaeology: Gleanings from the 1253 Building Accounts of Westminster Abbey Revisited

PAMELA TUDOR-CRAIG The Iconography of Henry III’s Abbey: A Note Towards Elucidation of Themes

WARWICK RODWELL The Cosmati Pavements and their Topographical Setting: Addressing the Archaeological Issues

PAUL BINSKI AND EMILY GUERRY Seats, Relics and the Rationale of Images in Westminster Abbey, Henry III to Edward II

HELEN HOWARD AND MARIE LOUISE SAUERBERG The Polychromy at Westminster Abbey, 1250–1350

JANE SPOONER The Virgin Mary and White Harts Great and Small: The 14th-Century Wall-Paintings in the Chapel of Our Lady of the Pew and the Muniment Room

RICHARD MORTIMER History and Chronicles at Westminster Abbey, 1250–1450

NICOLA COLDSTREAM The Abbey and Palace as Theatres for Coronation

TIM TATTON-BROWN The New Work: Aspects of the Later Medieval Fabric of Westminster Abbey

STEVEN BRINDLE Sir George Gilbert Scott as Surveyor of Westminster Abbey, 1849–78

RICHARD FOSTER An Historical Sketch of the North Precinct of Westminster Abbey with Special Reference to its Prisons

EDDIE SMITH Westminster School Buildings, 1630–1730




JOHN CROOK An Introduction to the Topography of the Medieval Palace of Westminster

ROLAND HARRIS AND DANIEL MILES Romanesque Westminster Hall and its Roof

EDWARD IMPEY The Great Hall at Caen and its Affinities with Westminster

VIRGINIA JANSEN Henry III’s Palace at Westminster

JOHN GOODALL St Stephen’s Chapel, Westminster

JULIAN MUNBY Late-14th-Century Reconstruction of Westminster Hall

DAVID HARRISON Parliaments, MPs and the Buildings of Westminster in the Middle Ages

CHRISTOPHER WILSON A Monument to St Edward the Confessor: Henry III’s Great Chamber at Westminster and its Paintings

JEREMY ASHBEE ‘The New Tower at the End of the King’s Garden’: The Jewel Tower and the Royal Treasure

MARK COLLINS The Topography of the Old Palace of We stminster, 1510–1834

STEVEN BRINDLE The New Palace of Westminster

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"These proceedings of the 2013 Summer Confernece of The British Archaeological Association comprise 16 essays on Westminster Abbey and 11 on Westminster Palace, and together they take a fascinating and often revisionary look at these iconic institutions...There are no make-weights in these two beautifully presented and meticulously edited volumes."— K S B Keats-Rohan, Medieval Archaeology