medieval-religion: Scholarly discussions of medieval religion and culture

List members (especially those currently discussing things Cornish) may
be interested in the follwing work, which *just* gets into our period...
(... depending on when you finishes...). 

With acknowledgement to SALON, the e-newsletter of the Society of
Antiquaries of London, edited by Chris Catling, from which the following
is taken: 

'Continuity and Change: Memorialisation and the Cornish Funeral Monument
Industry 1497-1660 (BAR 412, 2006, ISBN 1841719455, £62, xv + 616 pages,
13 maps, 264 figures, illustrations and plates and 8 data appendices)
examines every Cornish monument from 1497 to 1660 — the good, the
unprepossessing and the downright bad — looking for direct contemporary
evidence for the identity of the commemorated — especially their
Cornishness — and, crucially, how they sensed their identity then,
rather than how we judge it now.

The tombs themselves are described, their iconography, design sources
and sculptural perspectives are explored, and the motives of the patrons
are deduced. The author goes on to discuss the methods and motives of
Cornish memorialisation, identifying an unusual — if not unique —
sustained surge in monument commissions from Cornish workshops towards
the end of the sixteenth century, using slate. The overall context of
individual commemoration in Cornwall is analysed using wills and probate
accounts as a guide to other means of remembrance, both pre- and
post-Reformation, building on the motivations for tomb erection. This
paradigm of Cornish memorialisation is compared with trends in Kilkenny,
Ireland, and Finistère, France, to open up a matrix of memorialisation
in the Celtic / Atlantic periphery. Numerous illustrations of the
monuments themselves are also presented, most of which have never been
pictured before.'


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