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Harvey Miller
J. Hillson
Saint Stephen's Chapel Westminster
Architecture and Politics under the Plantagenets (1227-1363)

approx. 360 p., 286 colour ill., 225 x 300 mm
ISBN: 978-1-909400-74-0
Languages: English
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For over two centuries St Stephen’s Chapel in Westminster was been pivotal to the interpretation of 13th-14th century Gothic architecture.  First constructed during the twelfth century, extensively redecorated under King Henry III (1227-53) and entirely rebuilt under Edwards I-III (1292-1363), this lavishly decorated palace chapel was located at the centre of power and devotional activity for England’s Plantagenet rulers.  Demolished in 1834 after centuries of re-use as the House of Commons, the building is known only through antiquarian drawings and prints.  Architectural historians have long considered St Stephen’s to be a pioneering design, identifying innovative features which revolutionised architectural practice and set the pace of development for the English Decorated and Perpendicular styles.  Yet despite the building’s fundamental importance to the history of medieval architecture, a dedicated monograph re-assessing its appearance, construction history and the political context of its creation is long overdue.
James Hillson is an incoming Research Fellow at Emmanuel College, Cambridge, starting October 2016. He completed his BA at the University of Cambridge (2008-11), and his MA (2011-12) and fully-funded PhD (2012-15) at the University of York. His thesis on St Stephen’s Chapel was supervised by Prof. Tim Ayers and advised by Prof. Mark Ormrod. His research focuses on interactions between art and politics in royal patronage and international stylistic transfer in Gothic architecture, 1200-1400.
Table of Contents

- St Stephen’s Chapel: Fragments, Antiquarians and Architectural Historians
- St Stephen’s, Gothic architecture and the Plantagenets
- Architecture, Politics and Kingship

Chapter 1 - Henry III (1227-72)

- St Stephen’s Chapel and Westminster
- St Stephen’s and the Sainte-Chapelle: Palace Chapels, Traditions and Architectural Copying under Henry III
- Depicting Nebuchadnezzar: Kingship, Imperium and Virtue

Chapter 2 - Edward I (1292-97)

- Rebuilding St Stephen’s
- Banking, Building and Belligerence: the Economics of Construction under Edward I
- Why St Stephen’s?  Art, Emulation and Commemoration in 1290s England

Chapter 3 - Edward II (1320-26)

- Redesigning St Stephen’s
- Two King Edwards and two Master Masons: Continuity, Change and Inheritance
- Persistence and Postponement: Edward II and the Architectural Consequences of Debt

Chapter 4 - Edward III (1331-63)

- St Stephen’s Chapel and Edward III
- Beyond the Sainte-Chapelle: Tradition and Innovation in Palace Chapel Design
- Painting the East End: Iconography and Royal Identity at St Stephen’s after the Battle of Crècy
- War, Finances and the Black Death
- Architecture and Institutions: the King’s Works and St Stephen’s College

Conclusions – Architecture and Politics in Plantagenet England


Interest Classification:
Fine Arts & Performing Arts
Art History (general)
Medieval art history

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