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English Stained Glass

Painton Cowen

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A comprehensive introduction to stained glass, covering its entire golden age from 1100 to 1530 and the various techniques


Stained glass is one of the glories of medieval art, and much of the finest glass can be found in England. Intensely moving in its beauty, startling in its colours and fascinating in its imagery, it has for centuries captivated visitors to churches and cathedrals.

This book presents the masterpieces of English stained glass as never seen before. Covering the entire golden age from 1100 to 1530, it reveals in astonishing new detail over one hundred windows and panels, spanning the regions and showing that one never has to travel far to see something special. Nothing significant is omitted and the most important monuments, including the cathedrals of Canterbury, Wells and Lincoln, as well as York Minster, among many others, are covered in extra depth.

For the interested visitor, the passionate devotee, or anybody simply enchanted by these fragile works of art, English Stained Glass will inform, enchant and delight.

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'A work of solid scholarship and real artistry … An album of superb pictures of English medieval windows - the best of its type currently available … Outstanding'
Journal of Stained Glass

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Book Details

Format: Hardback

Size: 25.0 x 23.0 cm

Extent: 128 pp

Illustrations: 200

Publication date: 3 March 2008

ISBN: 9780500238462

Contents List

The North: Acaster Malbis; Ashton under Lyne; Bolton Percy; Carlisle; Grappenhall; Greystoke; Middleton; York: All Saints Pavement; York: All Saints North Street; York: Holy Trinity Goodramgate, St Denys, St Michael and York Minster • The Midlands: Ashbourne; Beckley; Checkley; Coventry; Eaton Bishop; Hereford Cathedral; Kidlington; Kingerby; Lincoln Cathedral; Madley; Malvern Priory; Merevale; Newark; Norbury; Oxford; Stanford; Stanton St John; Stratford-upon-Avon; Tattershall; Thenford; Warwick; Yarnton • East Anglia: Cambridge – King’s College Chapel; East Harling; Ely Cathedral; Hengrave Hall; Leverington; Long Melford; Margaretting; Norwich – St Peter Mancroft; Saxlingham Nethergate • South & South West: Bere Ferrers; Canterbury Cathedral; Cockayne Hatley; Doddiscombsleigh; Exeter; Fairford; Gloucester Cathedral; Hillesden; Kelley; Melburby Bubb; Orchardleigh; St Kew; St Neot; St Winnow; Selling; Tewkesbury; Ticehurst; Wells Cathedral; Westham; Westwell; Winchester Cathedral & College

About the Author

Painton Cowen has spent the best part of his life photographing and studying stained glass and rose windows in particular. He has published a number of books on glass, including A Guide to Stained Glass in Britain and Six Days: The Making of the Chester Cathedral Creation Window, and often lectures on this and other subjects.