Gods House at Ewelme: Life, Devotion and Architecture in a Fifteenth-Century Almshouse
- Publish Date: 2001-04-28
- Binding: Hardcover
- Author: John Goodall
This title was first published in 2001. Gods House, at Ewelme, is an extraordinary survival from Englands late medieval past: a well documented and superbly preserved chantry foundation established in 1437 by William and Alice de la Pole, then Earl and Countess of Suffolk. As originally constituted, it supported a school, a community of thirteen almsmen and two priests. Their prayers and activities were to be offered for the praise of God and benefit of their founders souls. Chantry foundations, such as Gods House, were perhaps the single most important objects of devotional and artistic patronage in the Late Middle Ages, and Englands wealthiest men and women lavished care and money on them. Few of these institutions survived the Reformation. Despite the richness of their surviving physical remains and the light they shed on the social and devotional history of the period, the great chantry foundations of the period remain little discussed and improperly understood. Gods House at Ewelme presents a fascinating account of the values and forces which shaped chantry devotion as well as the physical arrangements of a medieval religious foundation.