And it doesn't help his cause that in the diary entries (2005-15), which take up over half this book, he is forever rooting out old churches like a latter-day Betjeman, munching on sandwiches and waxing lugubrious over unspoilt rood screens
There are tiles in the Ranworth initials for Psalms 26, 38, and 52, but they are not identical with the design used on the Norfolk rood screens
that Kennedy cites.
There then follow pieces on the tester on Richard II's tomb and West Country rood screens
. The inclusion of these essays by Spoke Bucklow, Eddie Sinclair and Abigail Granville on English material, under Part III, 'Objects and the English Church', of the volume is welcome and helps place the Scandinavian work in a wider context.
Chemers writes perceptively in his "Lyke Unto a Lively Thing: Theatre History and Social Robotics" about early forms of artificial intelligence manifest in the animated rood screens
, automata and mechanical avatars, created mainly in sixteenth century churches, to "perform" miracles of prayer and emotional display.
After an introduction surveying the recent historiography of Reformation history there are chapters devoted to the 'material culture' of early Tudor Christianity--here he makes much use of studies of rood screens
. He then presents a good argument for Bishop John Fisher (possessor of the perfect ecclesiastical mind) as the conservative reformer, compares and contrasts Pole and Cranmer (to the latter's discomfort), and looks at relations between English Catholics and Rome after Edward VI.
English panel paintings, 1400-1558; a survey of figure paintings on East Anglian rood screens
Corwin's studio was divided diagonally by two wooden, shelved axes, which he compared to rood screens
; the wood and plaster products of his labors were placed atop the assembly's planks in no discernible order and with no traceable hierarchy.
For example, he recognizes the importance of exploring programmatic connections between wall paintings and other church arts such as figural sculpture, rood screens
, and stained glass--an important methodology first articulated in the collection Artistic Integration in Gothic Buildings, edited by Virginia Chieffo Raguin, Kathryn Brush, and Peter Draper (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1995).