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Early Medieval Architecture

Paperback Oxford History of Art (Paperback)

By (author) Roger Stalley

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  • Publisher: Oxford Paperbacks
  • Format: Paperback | 272 pages
  • Dimensions: 168mm x 230mm x 16mm | 680g
  • Publication date: 2 December 1999
  • Publication City/Country: Oxford
  • ISBN 10: 0192842234
  • ISBN 13: 9780192842237
  • Illustrations note: numerous colour and halftone illustrations, line drawings, 2 maps
  • Sales rank: 115,027

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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.

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Roger Stalley is Professor of the History of Art at Trinity College, Dublin. His previous books include Architecture and Sculpture in Ireland 1150-1350 (1971), The Cistercian Monasteries of Ireland (1987), Irish High Crosses (1991), and Ireland and Europe in the Middle Ages (1993). He has published over fifty articles on various aspects of medieval sculpture and architecture. He is a member of the Royal Irish Academy and an Honorary member of the Royal Institute of Architects of Ireland.

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"In his enjoyable book, Stalley examines architecture in western Europe, from the legalization of Christianity in 313 CE to the period around 1200, when patrons began to prefer the Gothic style.... Each chapter is well illustrated and clearly written, and the book ends with a concise section of endnotes, a useful bibliographic essay, and a well-designed time line incorporating religious and historical event as well as architectural chronology."--CHOICE"This is a book that is well-conceived, cogently organized and lucidy written."--Professor Stephen Murray, Columbia University

Table of contents

Introduction ; 1. The Christian basilica ; 2. The Carolingian renaissance ; 3. Symbolic buildings ; 4. Architecture and pilgrimage ; 5. Architecture and monasticism ; 6. Diversity in the Romanesque era ; 7. The language of architecture ; 8. Secular architecture in the age of feudalism ; 9. Art and engineering ; 10. Patron and Builder ; Epilogue: the shadow of Rome ; Notes; List of Illustrations; Bibliographic Essay; Timeline; Index