900 Years of St Bartholomew the Great: The History, Art and Architecture of London's Oldest Parish Church (Paperback)

900 Years of St Bartholomew the Great: The History, Art and Architecture of London's Oldest Parish Church By Charlotte Gauthier (Editor) Cover Image
By Charlotte Gauthier (Editor)
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The most comprehensive, updated history of St. Bartholomew the Great, the oldest parish church in London, as it celebrates its nine-hundred-year anniversary.

At the heart of the Smithfield area, with its pubs, restaurants, and market, is a church built when Henry I was King of England. Overlooking the fields where kings confronted rebellions, knights jousted, and heretics were burnt, St. Bartholomew’s Priory and Hospital played a central role in the history of medieval London.

The tale of St. Bartholomew’s is one of survival and renewal. Not only has the priory hosted many of London’s most famous (such as a young Benjamin Franklin), but it has also miraculously survived the tumults of the Reformation, the Civil War, the Great Fire of 1666, and the bomb raids of World Wars I and II.

Richly illustrated, 900 Years of St Bartholomew’s surveys the art, architecture, and deep historical significance of this enduring landmark.

About the Author

Charlotte Gauthier is a postgraduate researcher at Royal Holloway, University of London.

Praise For…

"A new volume, edited by Charlotte Gautier of the University of London, will introduce readers to 'London’s oldest parish church' with essays on the church’s history, stretching from the time of Henry I to today."
— The New Criterion

"Overall, this is a well-presented and scrupulously researched volume, which tells the story of St Bartholomew’s afresh in the light of modern research. That’s a very considerable and welcome achievement. [...] Hopefully it will not only encourage further research into this extraordinary medieval survival in the heart of modern London but raise its popular profile as well.
— The Art Newspaper

"This ambitious, well-illustrated book, containing much new research, consists of a series of essays on the architecture of the priory church and its furnishings, monuments, music, and art, from the foundation to the present day."
— London Topographical Society Newsletter

"The priory's story is told in this fine new collaborative history, published to mark the nine-hundredth anniversary of its foundation by Rahere (d. 1144)... The book is richly illustrated, and it concludes with useful appendices..."
— Church Monuments

Product Details
ISBN: 9781915401038
ISBN-10: 1915401038
Publisher: Ad Ilissvm
Publication Date: January 23rd, 2023
Pages: 304
Language: English