Building the Parish Church, 1150-1300
Lecture by Meg Bernstein
Given as part of the British Archaeological Association Annual Lecture Series, on April 6, 2022
Excerpt: Estimated somewhere between 8000 and 9000 examples, parish churches containing at least some medieval building fabric are ubiquitous in the English landscape. On my train down from York today I could spot dozens of parish churches – Grantham with a tall western tower and pointy spire piercing the sky and Wood Walton lying near 200 meters from the east coast main line, just to name a few. Although constantly present these churches have received far less attention by and large and as a group than other medieval building types, both ecclesiastical and secular.
Meg Bernstein specializes in European architecture and sculpture of the high Middle Ages. Starting in January 2023, Meg will be Assistant Professor in Art History at Alfred University. She is currently a postdoctoral fellow at the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art. Click here to view her website or follow Meg on Twitter @megbernstein
Towards an Art History of the Parish Church, 1200–1399 is now published! 10 open access essays on parish church art and architecture plus an afterword from Paul Binski. https://t.co/tAQIWfI4JJ pic.twitter.com/KxDT3vF8sH
— Dr. Meg Bernstein (@megbernstein) October 15, 2021
Top Image: Bibliothèque nationale de France MS Français 13342 fol. 47r