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Medieval Wall Paintings in


English and Welsh Churches
RO GER ROSEWELL

The first paperback edition of Roger Rosewell’s highly acclaimed


guide to this medieval art, surveying the images and iconography
that made the medieval church a riot of colour.
Wall paintings are a unique art form, complementing, and yet distinctly separate
from, other religious imagery in churches. Unlike carvings, or stained glass
windows, their support was the structure itself, with the artist’s ‘canvas’ the very
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stone and plaster of the church. They were also monumental, often larger than life-
size images for public audiences. Wall paintings were also an integral part of church
978 1 84383 484 7
255 colour & 6 b/w illus.; 384pp, PB
interiors, enhancing devotional imagery and inspiring faith and commitment in
their own right, and providing an artistic setting for the church’s sacred rituals and
public ceremonies.
With 255 colour illustrations, this book brings together many of the very best
surviving examples of medieval church wall paintings. Using new technologies
and many previously untried techniques, it allows us to visualize these images as
the artists originally intended. The plates are accompanied by an authoritative and
scholarly text, bringing the imagery and iconography of the medieval church vividly
to life, and the book concludes with an invaluable gazetteer.

LEARN MORE…

ROGER ROSEWELL was educated at St Edmund Hall, Oxford University. A former


journalist, he is a Director of a private European art foundation and the news editor
of the online stained glass magazine, VIDIMUS (www.vidimus.org).

Praise for the hardback edition:


A splendid book [...] Mr Rosewell knows what he is talking about, and explains how
the paintings were made, what they mean, who paid for them, and how they’ve fared
since.  Christopher Howse, DAILY TELEGRAPH

A magisterial compendium of this most elusive English vernacular form.


  Simon Jenkins, THE GUARDIAN

One of the most interesting, useful and attractive books on the medieval church to
appear for some time.   BRITISH ARCHAEOLOGY

Rosewell has done a service to readers, learned and unlearned, by gathering these
examples together.  TLS

A well-written and handsomely presented book, certain to appeal to a wide readership.


[...] The great strength of the book is in its wonderful colour pictures: of both familiar
and unexpected subjects, and usually of higher quality than published before.
  BBC HISTORY MAGAZINE

How welcome the publication of this book is! [...] It is genuinely exciting to turn the
book’s pages and to see these vigorous, relatively unknown designs.
  THE MEDIEVAL REVIEW
Souls shelter under the cloak of the Virgin Mary:
Byford, St John the Baptist.
What a wonderful contribution this book is! [T]he importance of this book is
Photograph by and copyright Roger Rosewell. immense.  REFERENCE REVIEWS

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Cover image: Detail of the Virgin and Child, The Bishop’s Palace, Chichester, mid-thirteenth century. Photograph by and copyright Roger Rosewell.
New

NEW

The Art of Anglo-Saxon England


CATHERINE E. KARKOV

A fresh appraisal of the art of Anglo-Saxon England, and its


influence upon the creation of a national identity.
Two particular perspectives inform this wide-ranging and richly illustrated survey
of the art produced in England, or by English artists, between ca. 600 and ca. 1100,
in a variety of media, manuscripts, stone and wooden sculpture, ivory carving,
textiles, and architecture. Firstly, it examines the way art can both create and narrate
national and cultural identity over the centuries during which England was coming
into being, moving from Romano-Britain to Anglo-Saxon England to Anglo-
Scandinavian England to Anglo-Norman England. Secondly, it treats Anglo-Saxon
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art as works of art, works that have both an aesthetic and an emotional value, rather
than as simply passive historical or archaeological objects. 978 1 84383 628 5
12 colour & 82 b/w illus.; 360pp, HB
Boydell Studies in Medieval Art and
This double focus on art as an aesthetic vehicle and art as an active political force Architecture series
allows us to ask questions not only about what makes something a work of art, but
what makes it endure as such, as well as questions about the work that art does in
the creation of peoples, cultures, nations and histories.

The Art of Anglo-Saxon England is the first volume in our new Boydell Studies in
Medieval Art and Architecture series.

NEW

The Benedictines in the Middle Ages


JAMES G. CL ARK

A sweeping, definitive survey of the most important monastic


order of the middle ages, one which helped shape the very nature of
medieval Europe.
The men and women that followed the sixth-century customs of Benedict of Nursia
(c.480-c.547) formed the most enduring, influential, numerous and widespread
religious order of the Latin middle ages. Their liturgical practice, and their acquired
taste for learning, served as a model for the medieval church as a whole: while new
orders arose, they took some of their customs, and their observant and spiritual
outlook, from the Regula Benedicti. The Benedictines may also be counted among
the founders of medieval Europe. In many regions of the continent they created, or Introductory price: £25.00 until
consolidated, the first Christian communities; they also directed the development 31 December 2011, after which it
of their social organisation, economy, and environment, and exerted a powerful reverts to £30.00.
influence on their emerging cultural and intellectual trends. $50.00, May 2011
978 1 84383 623 0
This book follows the Benedictine Order over eleven centuries, from their early 12 b/w line illus.; 304pp, HB
diaspora to the challenge of continental reformation. Monastic Orders series

Also available, the first two volumes in the series:


The Franciscans in the Middle Ages
MICHAEL ROBSON
£16.99 / $34.95, 978 1 84383 515 8
The Other Friars:
The Carmelite, Augustinian, Sack and Pied Friars in the Middle Ages
FRANCES ANDREWS
£25.00 / $47.95, 978 1 84383 258 4

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N E W I N PA P E R B A C K

Thomas Beecham
An Obsession with Music
JOHN LUCAS

Drawing on significant new research, this life of one of Britain’s most


influential musicians corrects many of the myths surrounding the
often controversial Thomas Beecham.
Thomas Beecham was one of Britain’s greatest conductors of orchestral music and
opera as well as an entrepreneur and impresario of exceptional energy and brilliant
wit. This acclaimed biography places him – musically, politically and socially – in
the troubled times in which he lived and corrects the stories and myths, many of
them Beecham’s own making, that have grown up around this uniquely gifted and
£14.99 / $24.95 controversial figure.
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40 b/w illus.; 400pp, PB Drawing upon extensive research, Lucas presents new material on his early
years, his complicated private life, his father’s catastrophic attempt to buy a large
part of Covent Garden – which brought the family to its knees financially – and
Lucas’ thorough, exhaustive the orchestras and opera companies that Beecham founded. New light is shed
and often highly amusing on his visits to Nazi Germany and his view of its leaders, as well as the much
biography will...re-establish misunderstood and previously unchronicled years of the Second World War, which
Beecham as one of the foremost he spent in Australia and America.
musical personalities of the last
Thomas Beecham: An Obsession with Music will remain the standard biography for
hundred years.
years to come.
CLASSICAL MUSIC

NEW

Hans Keller and Internment


The Development of an Émigré Musician
ALISON GARNHAM, edited by CHRISTOPHER WINTLE

The story of influential music critic, Hans Keller’s months in


British internment camps in 1940 and its effect on his intellectual
development.
After World War II, the musical life of Britain was transformed by the Hitler
émigrés . None was more influential than the writer and broadcaster Hans Keller
who arrived in London from Vienna in 1938, and who devoted himself to music
after hearing Benjamin Britten’s Peter Grimes. His remarkable development was
accelerated during the nine months he spent in British internment camps, where
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from 1940 onwards the deracinated flower of European culture was confined.
224pp, PB
This book sets the story of Keller’s internment in the context of what is still a too-
£40.00 / $70.00, March 2011 little remembered part of British wartime history and traces its remarkable effects
978 0 95560 877 3 in the decade following his release as he gradually found his niche in London life.
224pp, HB
It includes several important texts, including that of his famous broadcast on the
PLUMBAGO BOOKS Kristallnacht, ‘Vienna 1938’, a selection of poignant letters from his two camps (in
translation) and ends with a spirited memoir by Donald Mitchell of ‘Hans Keller in
the Early Years’. It is a remarkable and elegant contribution to our understanding
both of Keller’s development and of Britain in the 1940s.

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New

NEW

Three Questions for


Sixty-Five Composers
BÁLINT ANDR ÁS VARGA

The spontaneous thoughts of some of the world’s greatest composers on


their musical development and their reactions to the outside world.
Do today’s composers draw inspiration from life experiences or from, say,
the natural world? What influences, past and present, have influenced recent
composers? How essential is it for a composer to develop a personal style, and
when does this degenerate into self-repetition? These are questions to which many
of the most important composers of the late 20th and early 21st century have
articulate, sophisticated and revealing responses – and yet which they have rarely,
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if ever, been asked. 31 December 2011, after which it
reverts to £40.00.
In this pathbreaking book, Bálint András Varga puts these three questions to
such renowned composers as Luciano Berio, Pierre Boulez, Hans Werner Henze, $49.95, May 2011
György Ligeti, Luigi Nono, Krzysztof Penderecki, Wolfgang Rihm, Karlheinz 978 1 58046 379 9
Stockhausen, Toru Takemitsu, and Iannis Xenakis. Varga’s sensitive English 1 colour & 40 b/w illus.; 360pp, HB
Eastman Studies in Music
renderings capture the subtleties of their sometimes confident, sometimes
hesitant answers.

All statements from English-speaking composers – such as John Cage, Elliott Bálint András Varga is
Carter, Steve Reich, and Peter Maxwell Davies – consist of the composers’ own a master at interviewing
carefully chosen words. Three Questions for Sixty-Five Composers is vital reading for composers.
anybody interested in the current state of music and the arts. MUSIC LIBRARY
ASSOCIATION NOTES
LEARN MORE…

The Hungarian music publisher BÁLINT ANDRÁS VARGA has spent nearly forty
years working for and with composers. He has published several books, including
extensive interviews with Lutoslawski, Berio, and Xenakis.

Here’s exactly what he asked sixty-five of the world’s greatest composers:

1. Have you had an experience similar to Witold Lutoslawski’s: he heard John Cage’s
Second Piano Concerto on the radio – an encounter which changed his musical
thinking and ushered in a new creative period, the first result of which was his
Jeux vénitiens (1960-61)?
2. A composer is surrounded by sounds. Do they influence you and are they in any
way of significance for your compositional work?
3. How far can one speak of a personal style and where does self-repetition begin?
A complete list of the composers featured:
Milton Babbitt, Sándor Balassa, Luciano Berio, Sir Harrison Birtwistle, Pierre
Boulez, Attila Bozay, Sylvano Bussotti, John Cage, Elliott Carter, Friedrich Cerha,
George Crumb, Sir Peter Maxwell Davies, Edison Denisov, Henri Dutilleux, Péter
Eötvös, Morton Feldman, Lukas Foss, Alberto Ginastera, Karel Goeyvaerts, Sofia
Gubaidulina, Georg Friedrich Haas, Hans Werner Henze, Klaus Huber, Zoltán
Jeney, Mauricio Kagel, Georg Katzer, Ernst Krenek, Ladislav Kupkovic, György
Kurtág, Helmut Lachenmann, György Ligeti, Witold Lutoslawski, François-Bernard
Mâche, Michio Mamiya, Giacomo Manzoni, Paul Méfano, András Mihály, Tristan
Murail, Marlos Nobre, Luigi Nono, Krzysztof Penderecki, Goffredo Petrassi,
Emil Petrovics, Henri Pousseur, Steve Reich, Wolfgang Rihm, Peter Ruzicka,
László Sáry, Pierre Schaeffer, Dieter Schnebel, Alfred Schnittke, Gunther Schuller,
Johannes Maria Staud, Karlheinz Stockhausen, András Szollosy, Toru Takemitsu,
Dimitri Terzakis, Sir Michael Tippett, László Vidovszky, Wladimir Vogel, Gerhard
Wimberger, Christian Wolff, Iannis Xenakis.

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NEW

N E W I N PA P E R B A C K

The British Naval Staff in


the First World War
NICHOL AS BL ACK

Examines the role of the Naval Staff of the Admiralty in the 1914-
1918 war, reassessing in depth its calibre, function and structure,
and judging how it fared in waging a new kind of naval warfare.
Nicholas Black challenges historians such as Arthur Marder and naval figures such
as Captains Herbert Richmond and Kenneth Dewar who were influential in creating
the largely bad press that the Staff has received, showing that their influence has, at
times, been both unhealthy and misinformed.
£14.99 / $24.95, April 2011
The way in which the Staff developed during the war from a small, overstretched and
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8 line illus.; 352pp, PB often manipulated body, to a much more highly specialised and successful one is also
examined, reassessing the roles of key individuals such as Jellicoe and Geddes, and
suggesting that the structure of the Staff has been misunderstood and that it was a
rather more sophisticated body than historians have traditionally appreciated.
[An] elegantly written and
well-researched volume. [...] Black also looks at how the Staff performed in various major naval issues of the war:
This is an illuminating study the role of the Grand Fleet, the war against the U-boat, the Dardanelles Operation
that will have a major impact and the implementation of the economic blockade against Germany. Overall, the
on histories of the First book complements, and at times challenges, both operational histories of the war
World War. HISTORY and biographies of the leading individuals involved.

N E W I N PA P E R B A C K

British Spies and Irish Rebels


British Intelligence and Ireland 1916-1945
PAUL MCMAHON

The turbulent and remarkable story of the seemingly endless English/


Irish intelligence battle of the first half of the 20th century, with all
too timely resonances in the early 21st.
The struggle between British intelligence agencies and Irish revolutionaries has
lasted for centuries – and still goes on. But it was at its most intense during the first
half of the twentieth century. Ireland experienced a bloody rebellion, bitter partition
and a stuttering march towards independence. Britain grappled with imperial
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decline and world war, while worrying about being stabbed in the back by its Irish
978 1 84383 656 8 neighbour. Using recently opened archives, this book reveals for the first time how
38 b/w illus.; 528pp, PB
intelligence and intelligence agencies shaped Anglo-Irish relations during this
History of British Intelligence series
formative period.

The book casts light on characters long kept in the shadows – IRA gunrunners,
Bolshevik agitators, Nazi saboteurs, British double agents. It shows what happened
The writing is compelling, when Irish revolutionaries stopped fighting, formed governments and started
seamlessly integrating for the sharing information with London – while doing everything possible to hide this
reader’s delectation the stories from the Irish public. It also fills in a missing chapter in the history of the British
of cowards and cads, heroes intelligence community, tracing its evolution from amateurish beginnings, through
and buffoons, and smart spies a painful adolescence, to the sophisticated apparatus that is largely still with us
and foolish politicians. Highly
recommended. CHOICE One of the Irish Times’ Books of the Year 2008, in its original hardback edition.

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