The twelfth-century patrons of the Bridekirk font

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This paper uses long-neglected evidence – two 12th-century deeds from the archive of St Brigit’s church, Bridekirk, printed by William Dugdale in 1673 – to examine the circumstances which resulted in the building of the first stone church on the site and the carving of the magnificent font. This evidence reveals the combined contribution of two leading laymen of Cumberland, the small body of priests serving the church of St Brigit and the mason, Rikard, and his team of workmen. The result is a study of the interplay of authority, devotion and artistic craftsmanship in one corner of the 12th-century West.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationRomanesque Patrons & Processes
Subtitle of host publicationDesign and Instrumentality in the Art and Architecture of Romanesque Europe
EditorsJordi Camps, Manuel Castineiras, John McNeill, Richard Plant
Place of PublicationLondon & New York
Number of pages22
ISBN (Electronic)9781351105606
ISBN (Print)9781138477032
Publication statusPublished - 2018

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