The Friends of Tewkesbury Abbey have just published Tewkesbury Abbey: The Stained Glass Windows by Richard K. Morris and R. L. J. Smith. The famous mid-fourteenth-century clerestory windows with representations of members of the de Clare family wearing armour and heraldic surcoats are among those described and illustrated. Copies are available from the Abbey Shop price ₤3.75 + pp, or by visiting the Abbey’s website.
The rose windows of Lincoln, Chartres and Reims are among the most famous medieval works of art in the world. A lavishly illustrated book by Painton Cowan devoted exclusively to rose windows has been published by Thames & Hudson. For further details, visit the publisher’s website.
Michael Cothren’s Picturing the Celestial City: the Medieval Stained Glass of Beauvais Cathedral has been published by Princetown University Press. Professor Cothren is a leading expert on the glass at Beauvais, and his book traces the glazing of the cathedral through four successive campaigns bridging the century between 1240s and the 1340s. Priced ₤55, the book has 288 pages and includes many photographs.
All Saints, North Street, York has launched an excellent website with descriptions of the church’s famous fifteenth-century glass, including the ‘Prikke of Conscience’ window, and other windows illustrating the Corporal Acts of Mercy and the Joys of the Virgin. The site can be viewed at www.allsaints-northstreet.org.uk. A new fully illustrated guide to the church written by Dr Allen Barton – A Guide to the Church of All Saints, North Street, York – is also available via the website price ₤3.50 plus pp. For the domestically minded, or those looking for a good present, the church development fund sells tea towels featuring the ‘Pricke of Conscience’ window at ₤5 + pp, available on line as above.