Corpus Vitrearum Medii Aevi

Catalogue of medieval stained glass in Britain.

Stained glass is a major form of medieval art, and provides the most immediately attractive aspect of many monuments. The international Corpus Vitrearum, sponsored by the Union Académique Internationale, aims to publish illustrated catalogues of medieval window glass. As part of this Corpus, the British Academy publishes catalogues of medieval stained glass in Great Britain.

The illustrations allow the study of details that are often difficult to examine in situ, and colour plates capture the full palette of the original glass. Commentaries describe the condition of the glass, technique and iconography.

The British committee is chaired by Sarah Brown. Anna Eavis is the Project Director.

Volumes are published by Oxford University Press. Some older volumes are available from Oxbow Books.

Great Britain

I. The County of Oxford: A Catalogue of Medieval Stained Glass
Author: Peter A Newton
ISBN: 0-19-725970-7 hbk (1979, out of print)
274 pages, including 51 plates

II. The Windows of Christ Church Cathedral, Canterbury
Author: Madeline Harrison Caviness
ISBN: 0-19-725995-2 hbk (1981, out of print)
398 pages, including 234 plates

III. York Minster, a Catalogue of Medieval Stained Glass: Fascicule 1, the West Windows of the Nave
Author: Thomas French and David O’Connor
ISBN: 0-19-726053-5  hbk (1987, out of print)
124 pages, including 31 plates and 2 microfiches

IV: The Medieval Stained Glass of Wells Cathedral
Author: Tim Ayers
ISBN: 978-0-19-726263-4 2-part boxed set, hbk (2004, out of print)
792 pages, including 40 plates
[British Academy Review article by Tim Ayers]

V. The Medieval Stained Glass of St Peter Mancroft, Norwich
Author: David King
ISBN: 978-0-19-726264-1 hbk (2006, out of print)
446 pages, including 24 plates

VI. The Medieval Stained Glass of Merton College, Oxford
Author: Tim Ayers
ISBN: 978-0-19-726544-4 2-part boxed set, hbk (2013)
728 pages, including 32 plates
[British Academy Review article by Tim Ayers]

Supplementary volume

The Windows of King’s College Chapel, Cambridge
Author: Hilary Wayment
ISBN: 0-19-725918-9 hbk (1972, out of print)
176 pages, including 153 plates

Summary catalogues

1. A Catalogue of Netherlandish and North European Roundels in Britain
Author: William Cole
ISBN: 0-19-726116-7 hbk (1993, out of print)

2. York Minster: The Great East Window
Author: Thomas French
ISBN: 0-19-726136-1 hbk (1995, out of print)
ISBN: 978-0-19-726241-2 pbk (2003, out of print)
198 pages, including 25 plates

3. The Medieval Stained Glass of the County of Lincolnshire
Author: Penny Hebgin-Barnes
ISBN: 0-19-726156-6 hbk (1996, out of print)
448 pages, including 24 plates

4. The Medieval Stained Glass of Northamptonshire
Author: Richard Marks
ISBN: 0-19-726177-9 hbk (1998, out of print)
392 pages, including 40 plates

5. York Minster: The St William Window
Author: Thomas French
ISBN: 978-0-19-726202-3 hbk (1999, out of print)
168 pages, including 24 plates
[British Academy Review article by Thomas French]

6. Medieval English Figurative Roundels
Author: Kerry Ayre
ISBN: 978-0-19-726251-1 hbk (2002, out of print)
256 pages, including 8 plates

7. The Medieval Stained Glass of South Yorkshire
Author: Brian Sprakes
ISBN: 0-19-726265-1 hbk (2003, out of print)
194 pages, including 12 plates

8.The Medieval Stained Glass of Lancashire
Author: Penny Hebgin-Barnes
ISBN: 978-0-19-726448-5 hbk (2009)
620 pages, including 32 plates
[British Academy Review article by Penny Hebgin-Barnes]

9. The Medieval Stained Glass of Cheshire
Author: Penny Hebgin-Barnes
ISBN: 978-0-19-726469-0 hbk (2010)
558 pages, including 24 plates

Occasional papers

I. The Deterioration and Conservation of Painted Glass: A Critical Bibliography and Three Research Papers
Author: R G Newton
ISBN: 0-19-725947-2 pbk (1974, out of print)
Occasional Paper I is available to download:
pp. i-viii (PDF file: 12,317 KB)
pp. 1-30 (PDF file: 36,648 KB)
pp. 31-67 (PDF file: 45,352 KB
pp. 68-69 (PDF file: 2,367 KB)
pp. 70-78 (PDF file: 9,597 KB)
pp. 79-93 (PDF file: 16,766 KB)

II. The Deterioration and Conservation of Painted Glass: A Critical Bibliography
Author: R G Newton
ISBN: 0-19-726017-9 pbk (1982, out of print)
Occasional Paper II is available to download:
pp. i-xxxii (PDF file: 40,648 KB)
pp. 1-31 (PDF file: 41,832 KB)
pp. 32-62 (PDF file: 40,329 KB)
pp. 63-81 (PDF file: 25,285 KB)
pp. 82-103 (PDF file: 28,548 KB)

III. The Medieval Painted Glass of Lincoln Cathedral
Author: N J Morgan
ISBN: 0-19-726021-7 hbk (1983, out of print)
86 pages, including 12 plates

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