Academic journal article Medium Aevum

The Medieval Stained Glass of Wells Cathedral

Academic journal article Medium Aevum

The Medieval Stained Glass of Wells Cathedral

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Tim Ayers, The Medieval Stained Glass of Wells Cathedral, 2 vols, Corpus Vitrearum Medii Aevi: Great Britain IV (Oxford: Oxford University Press for the British Academy, 2004). cxii + 676 pp.; 270 black-and-white illustrations, 40 colour plates. ISBN 0-19-726263-5. £150.00. This is a fully illustrated study of the medieval stained glass of Wells Cathedral, one of the most substantial collections of medieval glass in England. The cathedral's east end (rebuilt between 1320 and 1340) includes the five almost complete brilliantly coloured windows of the choir clerestory, with its sevenlight Tree of Jesse east window. Other original arrangements are reconstructed from substantial fragments now in the Lady Chapel, retrochoir, and various other cathedral buildings. The catalogue analyses and illustrates each panel, with introductions to each part of the building and the history of the glass within it. …

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