Medieval Church Architecture

Medieval Church Architecture

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Britain is a treasure trove of medieval architecture. Almost every village and town in the land has a church that was built during the period, whose history is legible - to those who know how to look - in every arch, capital, roof vault, and detail of window tracery. By learning how to identify the stylistic phases that resulted from shifts in architectural fashion, it is possible to date each part of a church to within a decade or two; this book introduces all the key features of each succeeding style, from Anglo-Saxon and Norman through to the three great gothic styles, Early English, Decorated and Perpendicular. It will be indispensable to anyone who enjoys exploring medieval churches, and who wants to understand and appreciate their beauty more deeply.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 96 pages
  • 149 x 210 x 7.62mm | 210g
  • Shire Publications
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Illustrated in colour throughout
  • 0747812128
  • 9780747812128
  • 218,263

Table of contents

Introduction / Anglo-Saxon / Norman or Romanesque / The Birth of Gothic: Transitional / Gothic I: Early English / Gothic II: Decorated / Gothic III: Perpendicular / Postscript / Glossary / Further Reading / Places to Visit / Appendix: Chronology of Styles / Index
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"This is a short read for an in-depth understanding of the ornamentation that defines the architecture of medieval Britain. Medieval Church Architecture will remain a permanent addition to both my personal and classroom library." --Beyond Borders, Medieval History of Art
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About Jon Cannon

Jon Cannon is the author of 'Cathedral: the great English cathedrals and the world that made them' and the presenter of BBC TV's 'How to Build a Cathedral'. His is a lecturer at the University of Bristol, Marlborough College and elsewhere, and has published academic papers and edited volumes.
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