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Rachel Ann Dressler
SUNY Research Foundation, Albany (Albany, NY 12222-0001)

FT-56577-09
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Totals:
$6,000 (approved)
$6,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
6/1/2009 – 7/31/2009

Staging Remembrance: Death, Tombs, and Status in Late Medieval England

Staging Remembrance: Death, Tombs, and Status in Late Medieval England focuses on tomb monuments commissioned by and for the late-medieval English gentry and articulates the relationship between these patrons' commemorative works and the group's social aspirations. My project examines how an emerging elite employed the tomb chapel and its memorials to assert new social power. My particular focus is the Gyvernay family funeral chapel in the parish church of Limington, Somerset, which retains its medieval tombs in their original positions inside the building. These memorials, and the people they commemorate, exemplify the contribution of the tomb monument to a gentry family's strategy for social advancement.