The Cosmatesque Mosaics of Westminster Abbey: The Pavements and Royal Tombs: History, Archaeology, Architecture and Conservation

Author:   Warwick Rodwell ,  David S. Neal
Publisher:   Oxbow Books
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Pages:   724
Publication Date:   30 September 2019
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The Cosmatesque Mosaics of Westminster Abbey: The Pavements and Royal Tombs: History, Archaeology, Architecture and Conservation


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Westminster Abbey contains the only surviving medieval Cosmatesque mosaics outside Italy. They comprise: the 'Great Pavement' in the sanctuary; the pavement around the shrine of Edward the Confessor; the saint's tomb and shrine; Henry III's tomb; the tomb of a royal child, and some other pieces. Surprisingly, the mosaics have never before received detailed recording and analysis, either individually or as an assemblage. The proposed publication, in two volumes, will present a holistic study of this outstanding group of monuments in their historical architectural and archaeological context. The shrine of St Edward is a remarkable survival, having been dismantled at the Dissolution and re-erected (incorrectly) in 1557 under Queen Mary. Large areas of missing mosaic were replaced with plaster on to which mosaic designs were carefully painted. This 16th-century fictive mosaic is unique in Britain. Conservation of the sanctuary pavement was accompanied by full archaeological recording with every piece of mosaic decoration drawn and coloured by David Neal, phase plans have been prepared, and stone-by-stone examination undertaken, petrologically identifying and recording the locations of all the materials present. It has revealed that both the pavements and tombs include a range of exotic stone types. The Cosmati study has shed fresh light on every aspect of the unique series of monuments in Westminster Abbey; this work will fill a major lacuna in our knowledge of 13th-century English art of the first rank, and will command international interest. AUTHORS: Professor Warwick Rodwell, OBE, is Consultant Archaeologist to Westminster Abbey. David Neal is a senior archaeologist and archaeological illustrator; formerly Head of the Archaeological Drawing Office, English Heritage. Leading authority on mosaic pavements, his work having been displayed in numerous exhibitions. The British Museum now holds a large assemblage of his mosaic paintings.

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Author:   Warwick Rodwell ,  David S. Neal
Publisher:   Oxbow Books
Imprint:   Oxbow Books
ISBN:  

9781789252347


ISBN 10:   1789252342
Pages:   724
Publication Date:   30 September 2019
Audience:   Professional and scholarly ,  Professional & Vocational
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active
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Foreword by The Dean of Westminster Preface Acknowledgements Summary VOLUME 1 The Pavements 1 The cosmatesque pavements and monuments: introduction and context 2 Historiography and the antiquarian record 3 The sanctuary and high altar pavements: past interventions, damage and repair 4 Description of the sanctuary pavement 5 Surveying, analyzing and evaluating the sanctuary and high altar pavements 6 Conservation and repair of the sanctuary pavement by Vanessa Simeoni 7 St Edward the Confessor's chapel pavement 8 Materials employed in the pavements and monuments VOLUME 2 The Royal Tombs 9 St Edward's chapel and the context of the shrine 10 The shrine-tomb of St Edward the Confessor, I: description and primary fabric 11 The shrine-tomb of St Edward the Confessor, II: Tudor reconstruction and later history 12 Tomb of King Henry III 13 Child's tomb in the south ambulatory 14 Related monuments and furnishings 15 The Westminster mosaic assemblage: summary, assessment and dating Appendix 1. The shrine in the records by Matthew Payne Archival references Chronicles Appendix 2. Quantification of tesserae in the mosaic pavements and monuments Notes to chapters 9 to 15 Abbreviations and bibliography Index Plans 3 and 4 (fold-outs at end of volume)

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Professor Warwick Rodwell, OBE, is Consultant Archaeologist to Westminster Abbey. David Neal is a senior archaeologist and archaeological illustrator; formerly Head of the Archaeological Drawing Office, English Heritage. Leading authority on mosaic pavements, his work having been displayed in numerous exhibitions. The British Museum now holds a large assemblage of his mosaic paintings.

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