Beatrice de Roos (s.1415) and the Making of Art

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This article examines the involvement of Beatrice, dowager Baroness Roos (d. 1415) in the making of art. Her patronage of masons and tomb-makers, glaziers and seal-makers, is explored in detail, showing her to have commissioned works from two of the most prominent English artists of the late medieval period. Her interest in the inventive use of heraldry and her role in the creation of a major monument in St Paul’s Cathedral is established. Her right to be acknowledged as the donor of the St William window in York Minster is reasserted, and her influence on its content and meaning is demonstrated. The gift of this window made Beatrice the single most important secular benefactor of York Minster, a fact that has not been acknowledged before in print, but was recorded by the medieval cathedral chapter in the glazing of the Minster’s western choir clerestory.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)216-248
Number of pages34
JournalJournal of the British Archaeological Association
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 6 Oct 2023

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  • stained glass
  • York Minster
  • St Paul's Cathedral
  • St William window
  • female heraldry
  • female patronage

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