Medieval Church Symbolism: An Introduction

1st Edition

Mark Spurrell

December 11, 2019 Forthcoming
Reference - 256 Pages
ISBN 9780367025236 - CAT# K404835

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Medieval Church Symbolism: An Introduction explores the ways in which the Medieval church building and key features of it were used as symbols, particularly to represent different relationships within the Church and the virtues of living a Christian life.

This book introduces the reader to the definition, form and use of medieval symbols, and the significance that they held and still hold for some people, exploring the context in which church symbolism developed, and examining the major influences that shaped it. Among the topics discussed are allegory, typology, moral interpretation, and anagogy. Further chapters also consider the work of key figures, including Hugh and Richard of St Victor, and Abbot Suger at St-Denis. Finally, the book contrasts the Eastern world with the Western world, taking a look at the late Middle Ages and what happened to church symbolism once Aristotle had ousted Plato from the schools.

Entering into the Medieval mind, and placing church symbolism in its context, Medieval Church Symbolism will be of great interest to upper level undergraduates, postgraduates and scholars working on Architectural History, Medieval Art, Church History, and Medieval History more widely.


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