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Faith, Art, and Politics at Saint-Riquier

Faith, Art, and Politics at Saint-Riquier
The Symbolic Vision of Angilbert

Susan A. Rabe

256 pages | 12 illus.
Cloth 1995 | ISBN 9780812232080 | $79.95s | Outside the Americas £64.00
Ebook 2016 | ISBN 9781512806816 | Buy from Combined Academic Publishers £64.00
An Anniversary Collection volume

"This well-organized, well-documented study of a major figure has a concentrated focus, and thus it will appeal primarily to specialists in early medieval and Carolingian history or in iconography. Students of the history of Augustiana will also profit from it."--Church History
This treatment of the monastic complex (also known as Centula) founded by Angilbert ca.790 includes chapters on Angilbert, Angilbert's symbolic understanding, theological issues of the 790s, and a proglomena. A fifth chapter addresses the program of Saint-Riquier: the physical arrangement of the monastery that featured three churches, the largest a basilica dedicated to S. Richarius, and the Holy Savior (known for its early westwork). The number three and trinitarian symbolism was ubiquitous throughout the complex, including the building proportions. The work summarizes what is known of the interior arrangement of the basilica and the other churches, their decoration, and liturgical processions and activities.

Susan A. Rabe is Professor of History at North Park University.

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