Early Medieval Architecture

ISBN-10: 0192842234
ISBN-13: 9780192842237
Edition: 1999
Authors: Roger Stalley
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Book details

List price: $27.95
Copyright year: 1999
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 12/2/1999
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 272
Size: 7.25" wide x 9.75" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.748
Language: English

The early middle ages were an exciting period in the history of European architecture, culminating in the development of the Romanesque style. Major architectural innovations were made during this time including the medieval castle, the church spire, and the monastic cloister. By avoiding the traditional emphasis on chronological development, Roger Stalley provides a radically new approach to the subject, exploring issues and themes rather than sequences and dates. In addition to analysing the language of the Romanesque, the book examines the engineering achievements of the builders, and clearly how the great monuments of the age were designed and constructed. Ranging from Gotland to Apulia, the richness and variety of European architecture is explored in terms of the social and religious aspirations of the time. Symbolic meanings associated with architecture are also thoroughly investigated. Written with style and humour, the lively text includes many quotations from ancient sources, providing a fascinating insight into the way that medieval buildings were created, and in the process enlivening study of this period.

Introduction
The Christian basilica
The Carolingian renaissance
Symbolic buildings
Architecture and pilgrimage
Architecture and monasticism
Diversity in the Romanesque era
The language of architecture
Secular architecture in the age of feudalism
Art and engineering
Patron and Builder
Epilogue: the shadow of Rome
Notes
List of Illustrations
Bibliographic Essay
Timeline
Index

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