This is the first comprehensive study of Romanesque Architecture and Sculpture in Wales. Unsurprisingly, some of the most lavish survivals of this work are found in the cathedral of Llandaff and in the abbeys and priories of southern Wales where the Normans penetrated early on. Yet much survives in North Wales too, largely thanks to the patronage of Gruffudd ap Cynan and his aspirations on the European stage. Malcolm Thurlby can bring his huge knowledge of the Romanesque to draw out the wider story - making comparisons with work across Europe in terms of overall design, and more locally and in the detail of the work to ascertain from where the masons and sculptors were drawn.
Malcolm Thurlby was born in England and is now Professor of Visual Art at York University in Toronto and the author of countless articles in a variety of journals. He has a passion for the Romanesque.