By Sally Badham
(Shire, Paperback, 9780747806776, 64pp.)
Publication Date: September 22, 2009
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Monumental brasses became popular during the Middle Ages and were commonly mounted on the walls and floors of cathedrals to commemorate the great and wealthy. Often depicting knights and bishops, these representations are a major source of information concerning arms, armor and dress in the Middle Ages.
Written by a member of the Monumental Brass Society, this book provides a history of the manufacturing of brasses from the Middle Ages through the Victorian revival and up to the present. It includes a list of many surviving brasses and where they can be found. It also provides instruction on the care and maintenance of brasses, with notes on the proper techniques for brass rubbing.
Sally Badham's passion for church monuments, especially brasses, developed from taking up brass-rubbing as a hobby while at school. She is a leading authority on monuments, having lectured widely and published several books and over eighty articles. She is a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London and an active member of the Monumental Brass Society and the Church Monuments Society. She has also established a website on brasses for the MBS.