The Interior of the Medieval Village Church

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There are thousands of medieval village churches in Europe. Although many of the original furnishings have been lost as a result of iconoclasm, wars, neglect or under the influence of the Baroque style, much has also been preserved. In many simple rural churches especially, the medieval appearance of the interior has remained surprisingly intact. These churches provide a unique insight into life and belief during the Middle Ages. The book starts with a brief outline of the different types of church buildings in Europe. Subsequently, the focus shifts to fifteen types of furniture discussed in richly illustrated chapters. Each chapter starts with a description of the form and function of the element in question, followed by a survey of preserved examples in different countries. The photos include both general views with the emphasis on the element in its context, and pictures of the object itself with striking details. The book concludes with a survey of the vicissitudes of the furniture over the course of time. The text is bilingual, in English and Dutch. The particular contribution of this book is the publication of photos and descriptions of pieces of furniture that are generally hardly known outside their countries of origin. Most general studies on the subject focus mainly on well-known cathedrals and monasteries. Thanks to the wealth of illustrations, the book will be particularly attractive to a broad public interested in medieval church architecture and ecclesiastical art.