Financing Cathedral Building in the Middle Ages

The Generosity of the Faithful

Wim Vroom

Financing Cathedral Building in the Middle Ages

Wim Vroom

Distributed for Amsterdam University Press

734 pages | 66 color plates, 20 halftones | 6 3/4 x 8 3/4 | © 2010
Cloth $155.00 ISBN: 9789089640352 Published December 2010 For sale only in the United States, its dependencies, the Philippines, and Canada

This volume is the first complete overview of the process of commissioning and financing the construction of cathedrals during the Middle Ages. The first part of the book outlines the sources of wealth from which the commissioners of these projects could draw, including contributions from the bishop, the chapter, the city, and above all those parishioners for whom the structure was to be erected. The second part is a case study of the financing of Utrecht’s cathedral, for which the archives are among the best-preserved in Europe. Vroom concludes with an analysis of the financing for other notable cathedrals, including St. Peter’s in Rome.


Part One: The Sources of Income for Cathedral-Building in the Middle Ages
Chapter 1: Managing the cathedral church: the cathedral fabric
Chapter 2: Sources of income for the building works

Part Two: The Financing of Cathedral-Building in the Middle Ages
Chapter 3: The financing of the building works at Utrecht Cathedral: a case study
Chapter 4: A survey of construction financing at several cathedrals

Money and Coins
    Appendix 1: Medieval cathedral fabric accounts
    Appendix 2: Annates
    Appendix 3: List of mendicatoria
    Appendix 4: Mendicatorium of Bishop-elect John of Nassau (1267–1290) for the construction 
    of Utrecht Cathedral, 8 September 1288
    Appendix 5: Church inventory items funded by the fabric of Utrecht Cathedral, 1400–1576
    Appendix 6: Church inventory funded by the fabric of the Buurkerk, 1420–1566
Index of place-names
Illustration credits
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