The richly illustrated book is the first major study of the church screens of the southern Welsh Marches. The chapters examine the church screen in all its manifestations from its origin in pre-Christian times to the Reformation in the 16th century, and beyond. The second part of the book opens with the turbulent history of the March, against which background the screenwork of the region is examined: patterns of provenance and influence are charted, common workshops identified and aesthetic sources explored. The extensive gazetteer provides a detailed account and photographic record of the medieval screenwork in 112 of the region's churches.
Richard Wheeler combines work as a part-time conservation officer with professional photography and writing. Brought up in Herefordshire, he studied English and art history at university, and has from childhood been passionately interested in ecclesiastical art and architecture.