Jacket rather sunned to spine, faces and edges. Slight scratching to rear cover. Not price-clipped. Upper corners bumped. Binding tight. Contents very bright with little sign of wear or usage. A decent copy.
Seven-sacrament art: the representation of all seven sacraments first appeared in Europe as an occasional subject in the 14th century, but by the middle of the 15th it had become widely popular. In this interdisciplinary study, Ann Eljenholm Nichols provides an analysis of the iconography of the sacraments. The book begins with a comprehensive survey of all known continental work, some of it never before published, but it focuses on English work. Nichols argues that before 1450 there existed an international iconography of the sacraments, but that thereafter English work diverges so radically it is necessary to speak of a distinctive insular iconography. The explanation for that difference, she believes, is to be found in the peculiar religious climate created by the Lollard rejection of the sacramental system. The need to counter-attack, to make the sacred signs seeable, accounts for the theological character of the font iconography. Her book makes an important contribution to the cultural and social history of medieval England. ANN ELJENHOLM NICHOLS is Professor, Department of English, Winona State University.