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H 205 x W 290 mm

278 pages

262 figures

Published Aug 2023

Archaeopress Archaeology


Paperback: 9781803275758

Digital: 9781803275765

DOI 10.32028/9781803275758

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Medieval Churches; Medieval Chapels; Medieval Liturgy; Bell Ringing; church Doorways; Gender Segregation; Folklore; Superstition

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The Significance of Doorway Positions in English Medieval Parochial Churches and Chapels

By Geoffrey Sedlezky

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This book analyses the positions of external church doorways in England to investigate the significance that positioning had for the function and design of these buildings. The author proposes a link between the design and function of parochial churches and chapels with the number and attributes of their doorways.



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The Significance of Doorway Positions




Chapter 1: Doorway Positions in English Churches

Chapter 2: Eleventh and Twelfth-Century English Parochial Churches and Chapels

Chapter 3: Doorway Positions of Thirteenth to Early Sixteenth-Century

Chapter 4: Chapels

Chapter 5: Liturgy

Chapter 6: Gender and Segregation

Chapter 7: The Devil’s Door?


Appendix 1

Appendix 2



About the Author

Geoffrey Sedlezky completed his DPhil at the University of Oxford (Balliol) in 2022. Prior to this, he received an MA in Medieval History from the University of London (Birkbeck) in 2014. In his earlier career, the author was a commercial solicitor in Canada, receiving an MBA from McGill in 1984 and an LLB from the University of Western Ontario in 1989. Residing in London since 2013, the author is now also a British citizen.