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The King's Glass By Carola Hicks

The King's Glass by Carola Hicks

Condition - Very Good
$17.19
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Summary

Planned by Henry VII and continued by Henry VIII, the windows are dynastic propaganda, simultaneously blatant and subtle, boasting the ancient lineage of an upstart monarchy.

The King's Glass Summary

The King's Glass: A Story of Tudor Power and Secret Art by Carola Hicks

Each year more than 250,000 people visit the Chapel of King's College, Cambridge, one of Europe's best-known buildings. This book tells the untold story of the Chapel's crowning glory, its stained glass windows, and of the people who created them - the triumphant culmination of a project completed despite wars, the death of kings and violent religious conflict. The glass symbolises the power of the Tudors, and is a mirror of their souls. Planned by Henry VII and continued by Henry VIII, the windows are dynastic propaganda, simultaneously blatant and subtle, boasting the ancient lineage of an upstart monarchy. Their unfolding scenes honoured the Catholic faith that Henry VIII was challenging in the 1530s, when he made himself head of the church to marry Anne Boleyn. The windows show how Henry commemorated his wives in art, then airbrushed them out when they fell from favour, and how he recruited leading artists to make this England's response to the Sistine Chapel.

The great 'King's Glass' also flaunts the skills of its makers, many of them innovative immigrants. It is a tale of guilds and artisans as well as of the court. It is, too, a history of England, reflecting change, conflict and modernity in the sixteenth century. Exploring the stories behind these luminous treasures, this fascinating book, as vivid as a novel, uncovers the power struggles behind the beauty of the past.

About Carola Hicks

Carola Hicks, a former Curator of the Stained Glass Museum, teaches art history at Cambridge University. Her books include Animals in Medieval Art, Discovering Stained Glass; Improper Pursuits, a biography of the scandalous 18th-century artist Lady Di Beauclerk, and the acclaimed The Bayeux Tapestry: the Life Story of a Masterpiece.

Additional information

GOR001697142
The King's Glass: A Story of Tudor Power and Secret Art by Carola Hicks
Used - Very Good
Hardback
Vintage Publishing
2007-11-01
256
0701179929
9780701179922
N/A
Book picture is for illustrative purposes only, actual binding, cover or edition may vary.
This is a used book - there is no escaping the fact it has been read by someone else and it will show signs of wear and previous use. Overall we expect it to be in very good condition, but if you are not entirely satisfied please get in touch with us

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