Dimensions: 240 mm x 168 mm
Published: 1 Sept 2014
The very extensive range of manuscript and printed primary and secondary sources on which it is based means that it will instantly become and indispensable work of reference for anyone in anyway interested in the history of the church in the South West.
-Local Historian, Claire Cross
A comprehensive background history and indispensible gazetteer of sites that will be a key reference for any archaeologist beginning a study of the city’s religious buildings.
– Alekandra McClain, University of York
On both Of Sirens and Centaurs and Churches of Medieval Exeter
They are comparative marginalia in the wider world of medieval art – yet they are also capable of revealing much about the religious life and culture of the era. Both books deepen our knowledge of medieval Exeter an contain much that will be of relevance more generally.
– Journal of the British Archaeological Association, Jon Cannon
Medieval Exeter was a religious city containing nearly seventy churches, chapels, monasteries, and almshouses, as well as private oratories, holy wells, and standing crosses. This book explains why this huge number of buildings came into being from about the eleventh century onwards. It shows what they existed to do and how they interacted with one another and with lay people in the old walled city and the surrounding areas of St Thomas, Heavitree and Topsham. The general history of the churches is followed by detailed accounts of each one. These explain when they were founded and what we know about their sites, layouts, activities, and social history, with intriguing pictures of many long-vanished buildings. The result is one of the most thorough explorations of any aspect of Exeter’s past. It is also a major contribution to urban history and religious history in England, comparable with the best studies of similar cities elsewhere.
Nicholas Orme has been professor of History at Exeter University and an honorary canon of Truro Cathedral. The Churches of Medieval Exeter is the final part of a detailed survey of religion in the South West of England, which has included Cornwall and the Cross (Phillimore, 2007), Exeter Cathedral: The First Thousand Years, and The Church in Devon 400-1560 (Impress Books, 2009 and 2013).