Corpus Vitrearum Medii Aevi

Catalogue of medieval stained glass in Britain.

‘Corpus of Medieval Window Glass’.

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

VI. The Medieval Stained Glass of Merton College, Oxford by Tim Ayers
728 pages + 32 plates
978-0-19-726544-4 2 part boxed set, hbk 2013 available from OUP £180.00
[British Academy Review article by Tim Ayers]

V. The Medieval Stained Glass of St Peter Mancroft, Norwich by David King
446 pages + 24 plates
978-0-19-726264-1 hbk 2006 out of print

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

III. York Minster: A Catalogue of Medieval Stained Glass
1. The West Windows of the Nave
by Thomas French & David O’Connor
124 pages + 31 plates + 2 microfiches
0-19-726053-5 hbk 1987 out of print

II. The Windows of Christ Church Cathedral, Canterbury by Madeline Harrison Caviness
398 pages + 234 plates
0-19-725995-2 hbk 1981 out of print

I. The County of Oxford: A Catalogue of Medieval Stained Glass by Peter A Newton
274 pages + 51 plates
0-19-725970-7 hbk 1979 out of print


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

9. The Medieval Stained Glass of Cheshire by Penny Hebgin-Barnes
558 pages + 24 plates
978-0-19-726469-0 hbk 2010 available from OUP £130.00

8. The Medieval Stained Glass of Lancashire by Penny Hebgin-Barnes
620 pages + 32 plates
978-0-19-726448-5 hbk 2009 available from OUP £130.00
[British Academy Review article by Penny Hebgin-Barnes]

7. The Medieval Stained Glass of South Yorkshire by Brian Sprakes
194 pages + 12 plates
0-19-726265-1 hbk 2003 out of print

6. Medieval English Figurative Roundels by Kerry Ayre
256 pages + 8 plates
978-0-19-726251-1 hbk 2002 out of print

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

4. The Medieval Stained Glass of Northamptonshire by Richard Marks
392 pages + 40 plates
0-19-726177-9 hbk 1998 out of print

3. The Medieval Stained Glass of the County of Lincolnshire by Penny Hebgin-Barnes
448 pages + 24 plates
0-19-726156-6 hbk 1996 out of print

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

1. A Catalogue of Netherlandish and North European Roundels in Britain by William Cole
0-19-726116-7 hbk 1993 out of print


Occasional papers

III. The Medieval Painted Glass of Lincoln Cathedral by N J Morgan
86 pages + 12 plates
0-19-726021-7 hbk 1983 out of print

II. The Deterioration and Conservation of Painted Glass: A Critical Bibliography by R G Newton
138 pages
0-19-726017-9 pbk 1982 out of print
Occasional Paper II is now 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)

I. The Deterioration and Conservation of Painted Glass: A Critical Bibliography and Three Research Papers by R G Newton
106 pages
0-19-725947-2 pbk 1974 out of print
Occasional Paper I is now 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)

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