A Canterbury tale : study and analysis of the Eadwine leaves.

Ballard, Carol. (2013) A Canterbury tale : study and analysis of the Eadwine leaves. Masters thesis, University of Wales, Trinity St David.

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Abstract

This study set out to analyse the main factors which influenced the artists of the Christological cycle of the fragment of a Romanesque Psalter known to art historians as the Eadwine Leaves, to deduce the likely purpose which the Leaves were intended to serve, and to assess the extent to which this purpose was achieved. In order to accomplish this, the various factors affecting manuscript illustration in twelfth-century England are considered. The physical properties, provenance, artists, textual sources, and illustrations of the Eadwine cycle are examined and comparisons made with other contemporary manuscripts. The dissertation argues that the overall intention of the artists was to illustrate the Redemption, and medieval views of the Redemption are therefore outlined. The scope of the study does not permit detailed analysis of every scene in the cycle; a selection of scenes for study has therefore been made, based on their perceived relevance to the objectives of the study. The research undertaken for this dissertation allows us to conclude that the primary theological influence on the artists of the Eadwine Leaves was the Satisfaction Theory of the Redemption as set out by Anselm of Canterbury, and that the Christological cycle clearly illustrates this while at the same time acknowledging the importance of Christ's ministry in providing humankind with a moral framework within which to live their lives.

Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
Additional Information: Series: Carmarthen / Lampeter Dissertations.;.
Uncontrolled Keywords: Canterbury psalter, Anselm of Canterbury, Ministry of Christ, Manuscripts illustration, Redemption, Art
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BR Christianity
Divisions: Theses and Dissertations > Masters Dissertations
Depositing User: John Dalling
Date Deposited: 05 Nov 2014 13:09
Last Modified: 25 Feb 2016 15:02
URI: http://repository.uwtsd.ac.uk/id/eprint/412

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