Plantagenets in alabaster

Woods, Kim (2016). Plantagenets in alabaster. In: Crooks, Peter; Green, David and Ormorod, W. Mark eds. The Plantagenet Empire, 1259-1453. Harlaxton Medieval studies, XXVI. Donington: Shaun Tyas Publishing, pp. 89–108.


The subject of this chapter is the tradition of English alabaster tombs that began during the reign of Plantagenet King Edward III. Plantagenet use of alabaster is discussed here in relation to the marble tomb traditions of France and Scotland, both enemies and rivals of the English, and in relation to the alabaster tomb of Gononwy ap Tudur on Anglesey. The symbolic meanings of alabaster are also considered and its appropriation as a commemorative material for heroes of the Plantagenet wars.

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