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Building Accounts of the Savoy Hospital, London 1512-1520 (Hardcover)
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Founded by Henry VII, the Savoy hospital was designed to execute corporal works of mercy and commemorate the king through prayer by housing one hundred poor men every night in palatial surroundings. The building complex, one of the landmarks of early Tudor London, was unique for English hospitals in its adoption of a cross-shaped ward, but its structural details have remained obscure. Published for the first time here, the building accounts record, edited here for the first time, provides detailed evidence of that structure, as well as of the hundreds of craftsmen and laborers who toiled to complete it. In addition to the accounts themselves, this volume contains a thorough contextual introduction, elucidatory notes, and a glossary of building terms. Charlotte A. Stanford is Associate Professor of Comparative Arts and Letters at Brigham Young University.
The building accounts of the Savoy hospital, kept from 1512-1520, offer valuable insights into the construction practices and economic priorities of the age. Built as a showpiece for Tudor magnificence, the now-vanished Savoy was formerly one of the key sights of London. The original manuscript account, kept at Westminster Abbey, helps to recreate its previous glory. It is presented here in the first full transcription, and accompanied by an extensive introduction, notes and glossary. Charlotte A. Stanford teaches in the Department of Comparative Arts and Letters, Brigham Young University.
Number of Pages: 462.0
Sub-Genre: History / General
Series Title: Westminster Abbey Record
Book format: Hardcover
Pricing Code - MMBV: X
Publisher - MMBV: Boydell & Brewer Inc
Street Date: November 19, 2015
Item Number (DPCI): 247-49-7887