Book Series Studies in Medieval and Early Renaissance Art History, vol. 5:2

Francis Wormald: Collected Writings, II

Studies in English and Continental Art of the Later Middle Ages

Francis Wormald (auth)
J.J.G. Alexander, T. Julian Brown, Joan Gibbs (eds)

  • Pages: 244 p.
  • Size:190 x 270 mm
  • Language(s):English
  • Publication Year:1988

  • ISBN: 978-0-905203-58-4
  • Hardback
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This two-volume publication collects from many different sources an important group of writings by Francis Wormald (1904-1972), whose great contribution to medieval studies owes its originality and distinction to the unrivalled understanding of manuscripts, of all kinds and of all periods.


'For the whole of the Middle Ages' says Francis Wormald, 'the British Isles stood on the edge of a great ocean, on the furthest tip of the world as it were, and like some lonely beach many and interesting things arrived on its shores.' It is the interaction of English and Continental medieval art, and the diversity and significance of mainland European influences on the development of English style that provide the main theme of the papers gathered in this volume. Although the topics covered include some discussions of the great Anglo-Saxon and Romanesque illuminated manuscripts on which Wormald is still considered the authority, the emphasis of the collection is, however, on his work in later medieval art - in manuscripts, seals, paintings and carvings. The editors have brought all bibliographic references up to date, citing the most recent scholarship in each particular subject.