medieval-religion: Scholarly discussions of medieval religion and culture

John Briggs wrote:

The authors are archaeologist working for English Heritage, who have made a
study of a group of parish church towers in Lincolnshire which have
attracted attention in  the past, because they date either from just before
or just after the Norman conquest.  (Our authors plump for the late 11th
century - which was a bit embarrassing, as the fieldwork had been conducted
for the "Corpus of Anglo-Saxon Stone Sculpture"!).

Had John seen the book - which he clearly has not yet done - he would have seen that the Foreword is by Sir David Wilson, Chairman of of British Academy Corpus of Anglo-Saxon Stone Sculpture in England and Sandy Heslop, Chairman of the British Academy's Corpus of Romanesque Sculpture in Britain and Ireland in which they recognise that these towers display features commonly classified as Anglo-Saxon but in reality probably belonging to the period that overlaps the Conquest. In view of that a different approach seemed appropriate and both Committees encouraged the authors to take their material forward to an alternative, supplementary, study to be published outside the Corpus of Anglo-Saxon Stone Sculpture. The date they plump for is, therefore, not at all embarrassing.

The two Chairmen also recognise that the range of results the two authors have produced  could not have been produced within the format and objective of either of the Academy's two Corpora. John's comments - and those of Jon Cannon - suggest that this is an entirely just assessment.

Gordon Plumb



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