Canterbury Cathedral Priory in the Age of Becket Peter Fergusson

Series:
The Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art
Format:
Hardback
Publication date:
04 Oct 2011
ISBN:
9780300175691
Dimensions:
288 pages: 280 x 220 x 20mm
Illustrations:
50 colour images + 100 black-&-white illustrations

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This fascinating book recounts the extensive building programme that took place at Canterbury Cathedral Priory, England, from 1153 to 1167, during the time when Thomas Becket served as Royal Chancellor and then as archbishop of Canterbury. Masterminded by Prior Wibert, the renewal included the physical expansion of the cathedral's precinct, the construction of new buildings, and the installation of a pioneering pressurized water system. This ambitious undertaking utilized a Late Romanesque style, lavish materials, and sculpture, and drew on the optimism and creative energy of the young Angevin rulers of England, Henry II and his queen, Eleanor of Aquitaine.

Canterbury Cathedral Priory in the Age of Becket reassesses the surviving remains and relates them to important changes in Benedictine monasticism concerned with hospitality, hygiene, the administration of law, liturgy, and the care of the sick. It also restores to history a neglected major patron of unusual breadth and accomplishments. Peter Fergusson sheds fresh light on the social and cultural history of the mid-12th century.

Peter Fergusson is emeritus professor of art history at Wellesley College.

"It is ambitious… It is beautifully produced, and constitutes an important addition to the literature on one of England’s major monastic complexes." Julian Luxford, Burlington Magazine

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