Roof bosses in medieval churches
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Roof bosses in medieval churches an aspect of Gothic sculpture. Illus. with telephotos. by Charles John Philip Cave

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Published by University Press in Cambridge [Eng.] .
Written in English


  • Sculpture, Gothic,
  • Architecture -- Details,
  • Decoration and ornament, Architectural

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Paginationviii, 235 p.
Number of Pages235
ID Numbers
Open LibraryOL14822336M

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Roof bosses in medieval churches;: An aspect of Gothic sculpture [C. J. P Cave] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. Shipped from UK, please allow 10 to 21 business days for arrival. 4to. telephotographs. A good, clean & sound copy. Yellow boards have some foxing. Get this from a library! Roof bosses in medieval churches: an aspect of Gothic sculpture. [Charles John Philip Cave]. Get this from a library! Roof bosses in medieval churches; an aspect of Gothic sculpture.. [C J P Cave]. Medieval understandings of vision are considered, as are the circumstances in which roof bosses may have been seen and used. The thesis argues, in particular, that many bosses may have served as mnemonic devices and aids to prayer in a penitential process which sought to cure the soul of sin.

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The ceilings of Norman medieval churches were domed, thereby evenly distributing the weight of the roof over the pillars, since the main points of the domes rested on top of the pillars. Three main styles of domes were used: cross, barrel and rib. Most churches built after the Norman period adopted the Gothic style of architecture. Of course we look for Green Men in churches, because churches are the largest surviving medieval buildings which are open to the public today. But they appear in secular buildings as well, especially when these have undercrofts with roof bosses. This suggests . Encyclopedia of medieval church art User Review - Not Available - Book Verdict. Tasker, an associate of the Royal Photographic Society, here records many unique carvings, paintings, and stained glass windows from churches in England. Exclusive to Winchester, a beautifully-realised copy of one of the cathedral’s medieval roof bosses featuring a traditional “Green Man”. A roof or ceiling boss is a carving that covers the joins between the ribs of a vaulted ceiling – Winchester Cathedral boats over a thousand bosses in its architecture.