Excerpt from Roodscreens and Roodlofts, Vol. 1 of 2
These two volumes embody the result of some seven years' research and collection.
For the first Part of the work, which is a historical essay on screenwork, from the earliest times down to the post-reformation period, Mr. Frederick Bligh Bond is responsible, and would wish it to be understood that his views of the origin of screenwork are not in all cases those held by his colleague, Dom Bede Camm.
The essay in question is the fruit of several years' work, and incorporates in a complete and coherent form the substance of papers contributed to the Proceedings of the Saint Paul's Ecclesiological Society in 1903, and to the Journal of the in October, 1904, and October, 1905.
In these essays the historical, or evolutionary, method of dealing with the subject was adopted, and the story of the use of screenwork in the English church throughout the Reformation and the post-reformation periods was first handled in this manner, Much new matter has been added in the present work, and the whole argument rendered clearer, and consolidated.
Mr. Bligh Bond desires to remove a certain confusion which has arisen between the personality of himself and that of his friend and namesake, Mr. Francis Bond, who, by a curious coincidence was led to publish his work on Screens and Galleries whilst the present work was in the press. The two schemes are, of course, totally distinct, but present a curious parallel in their main features, which is heightened by the choice made of illustrations.
Yet, except for the fact that Mr. Francis Bond has drawn material from the published essays above-mentioned (for which he has made very kind acknowledgment) the matter is one of pure coincidence.
The theories as to the origin of the screens respectively held by the two exponents are, it need hardly be said, quite independent, and differ widely one from the other.
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