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Medieval Wall Paintings in English and Welsh Churches Paperback – May 17, 2011

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  • Paperback: 380 pages
  • Publisher: Boydell Press; Reprint edition (May 17, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1843834847
  • ISBN-13: 978-1843834847
  • Product Dimensions: 0.9 x 6.9 x 9.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,394,695 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Perhaps the crowning achievements of the book are the gazetteer, the subject/place guide, and the bibliography which (...) will provide students and tourists with an invaluable and accessible source. Credit too, must go to Boydell for the exemplary and extensive colour illustrations which make this publication really stand out from the crowd. CHURCH ARCHAEOLOGY Put simply, if you want to know more about medieval church wall paintings than the brief descriptions contained in the average church guide then this is the book to have. (...) The whole of the book is both a joy and an inspiration. NORFOLK MEDIEVAL GRAFFITI SURVEY An enticing introduction to a fascinating subject, a visual feast with an eminently readable text. (It) will be valuable to scholars and students of church architecture alike. ECCLESIOLOGY TODAY A magnificent paperback edition (and) an indispensable guide not just to the works' artistic value but to its theological importance. THE CONTEMPORARY REVIEWBR> This is a thorough and richly illustrated guide to an art form many travelers know little about. (...) All in all, I highly recommend Medieval Wall Paintings in English and Welsh Churches to anyone interested in the Middle Ages, art, or travel in England in Wales. It's the perfect mixture of art, history, and guidebook, something I wish the travel industry would give us more of. GADLING BLOG, AOL TRAVEL It requires enormous effort of the imagination to envisage how our churches must have looked when every surface was covered with crowded, bright, sometimes very beautiful (...) paintings. This book is the best possible guide to those pre-Reformation times. SUFFOLK VIEW

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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.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By W. Jamison VINE VOICE on November 19, 2008
Format: Hardcover
The book is a beautiful collection of pictures of the remains of wall paintings and decorations in the Medieval Churches all in full color. What amazes is that the deteriorated pictures would not have been redone or painted over in all those years. There is an explanation of much that impacted them following the reformation. In general the pictures are interesting though the wall paintings are not beautiful as much as they are intriguing. This book gives us a glimpse into a past most would never have the time to experience by visiting the various churches included.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lynne in San Francisco on March 24, 2011
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The text of this book is beautifully written and thorough in its research and presentation. If this is a subject of interest to you this book is a must-have
As a muralist I am terribly intrigued by the techniques used in these old paintings. My one complaint is that the images are dull and dark, all of them with a universally sad gray haze over them. While some of this can be explained by the dim light in the churches or the faded condition of the murals, too much looks to be either poor photography or bad printing. This is very disappointing in what is otherwise an image-rich and comprehensive study of an interesting subject.
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