The Book

The 650th anniversary of the foundation of Wingfield College has resulted in this splendid new book. Contributors include Professor Eamon Duffy, Sir Diarmaid MacCulloch, Dr Peter Bloore, Professor Mark Bailey and John Goodall of Country Life.

It is the culmination of a three-year UEA-funded research project into the college and castle. The building projects of the late medieval aristocracy focused on their homes and the monasteries, churches or chantry foundations under their patronage where their family were buried and commemorated, the scale and prestige of which reflected on the fortunes of the family as a whole.

Book cover Image6Wingfield is explored in the context of both the building of the castle, chantry chapel and the college, and that of the symbolic function of these as a demonstration of aristocratic status.

The contributions to this book examine many topics which have hitherto been neglected, such as the archaeology of the castle, which had never been excavated, the complex history of the college’s architecture, and the detailed study of the monuments in the church.

The latest techniques are used to reconstruct the college and castle, with an enclosed DVD to demonstrate these. And the context of the family and its fortunes are explored in chapters on the place of the de la Poles in fifteenth century history, as soldiers, administrators and potential claimants to the throne.

Available from the publisher here, and from Amazon here.


  • 1  Introduction
  • 2  From hall-and-church complex to castle green and college – a landscape history of Wingfield
  • 3  Sir John de Wingfield and the foundation of Wingfield College
  • 4  Wingfield College and the late medieval cult of purgatory
  • 5  The Foundation and Surrender of Wingfield College
  • 6  Reconstructing Wingfield Castle
  • 7  Historical digital reconstruction: the role of creativity and known unknowns. A case study of Wingfield College, Suffolk
  • 8  Medieval monuments to the de la Pole and Wingfield families
  • 9  Chapel or closet? The question of the vestry at Wingfield
  • 10  Alice Chaucer, Duchess of Suffolk [d.1475] and her East Anglian estates
  • 11  The Wars of the Roses, the downfall of the de la Poles and the dissolution of Wingfield College
  • 12  Appendix One: Historial timeline of Wingfield college

First Published: 17 Sep 2015
13 Digit ISBN: 9781843838326
Pages: 289
Size: 23.4 x 15.6
Binding: Hardback
Imprint: Boydell Press
BIC Class: HBLC1