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Medieval Studies Art of London and South-East England, Post-Conquest to Monastery Dissolution
Nicholas Rogers
  • LAST REVIEWED: 23 June 2021
  • LAST MODIFIED: 23 June 2021
  • DOI: 10.1093/obo/9780195396584-0288


The area covered by this bibliography comprises London and the counties of Middlesex, Hertfordshire, Essex, Kent, Surrey, Sussex, and Hampshire, corresponding essentially to the medieval dioceses of London, Rochester, Canterbury, Chichester, and Winchester. Part of Hertfordshire was in the enormous diocese of Lincoln. Chronologically this bibliography covers the period from the Norman Conquest in 1066 to the Dissolution of the Monasteries, with the suppression of Waltham Abbey on 23 March 1540 providing a terminus ad quem. London was the chief commercial center throughout this period and with the establishment of permanent governmental institutions at Westminster in the 13th century also became the political center of England. London’s preeminence reinforced its cultural importance as a center of artistic production and patronage. Other important loci of sustained artistic activity in South-East England were Canterbury, Winchester, and St. Albans.

Regional Studies

Standard introductions to the architecture of the region, including information about wall and paintings, stained glass, and other church fittings, are provided by the Buildings of England series. Many of the volumes have been revised and expanded recently. These publications are referenced under the appropriate county, although it should be noted that some of the London volumes include parishes historically in adjoining counties.

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