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Cistercian Abbeys : history and architecture
Leroux-Dhuys, Jean-François.
Publication Information:
Köln : Könnemann ; [San Francisco] : [distr. in the U.S. by Rizzoli], [1998]

Physical Description:
399 pages : chiefly color illustrations, maps, plans ; 32 cm
General Note:
"Translators of the English-language edition, Elizabeth Clegg, Caroline Higgitt, Marie-Noëlle Ryan. Editor ... John Crook"--facing t.p.
Format :


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NA4828 .L4713 1998 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Oversize

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The nature of the Cistercian movement resulted in a uniform style of architecture across Europe, noted for its lack of decoration and poetic atmosphere. Cistercian Abbeys traces the chronological development of this movement and depicts its major monasteries in France, England, Ireland, Germany, the Czech Republic, Spain and Portugal. A typical Konemann publication: massive in size, superb in illustration.

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Choice Review

Leroux-Dhuys's lavishly illustrated book surveys the history of the Cistercian order and its architecture from the 12th century to the present. Part 1, "Nine Centuries Ago," provides historical context in 14 brief chapters illustrated with photographs, plans, reconstructions, and maps. These chapters are subdivided into shorter sections, complete with insets that provide specifics on chronology, technology, or various subjects like the life and thought of Benedict of Nursia. Part 3, "The Cistercian World in Europe," is a gazetteer of sites from Acey to Zwettl. Each entry first summarizes basic data: the original name of the site; pertinent dates of foundation, construction, and destruction; a concordance to any references to the site in part 1; and a short bibliography. Then follows a brief narrative about the history and contemporary use, if any, of each site. Although this review focuses on the text, the primary merit of the book rests in its illustrations. The consistent inclusion of plans and elevations for each site would have been valuable, but the luscious photographs make this book useful for a broad audience, from students of Cistercian history to those interested in architectural photography. General readers; undergraduates through faculty. A. R. Stanton University of Missouri--Columbia