A new book about the history, construction and decoration of the Chapel has just been published.
An Introduction to King's College Chapel contains 120 pages of highly readable text, beautifully illustrated with new photographs and little-known historic plans and drawings. It serves both as a guidebook for visiting the Chapel and as a fascinating work of scholarship in itself.
Written by Kristen Lippincott, who published The Stained Glass Windows of King’s College Cambridge last year, the book contains sections on Cambridge before King’s College, the naming and early chronology of the College and Chapel, and the lost buildings of King’s.
There is a useful overview of how the political and religious upheavals of the period are reflected in the building and decoration of the Chapel, as well as detailed studies of the sculptural decoration and the paintings on display in the Chapel.
The book also includes a brief guide to the stained glass windows, a history of music in the Chapel, and an appendix dedicated to the famous fan vaulting, with diagrams to show the process by which the vaulting was constructed.
The book costs £9.95 and is available from the Shop at King's.