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Medieval architecture in Western Europe : from A.D. 300 to 1500
Calkins, Robert G.
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New York : Oxford University Press, 1998.
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x, 342 pages : illustrations ; 27 cm + 1 computer optical disc (4 3/4 in.).
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1440 Lexile.
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For the first time, instructors of Medieval Architecture have a selective survey that obviates the need to piece together teaching material from several sources. Medieval Architecture in Western Europe: From A.D. 300 to 1500 presents a selection of major monuments of Medieval Europeanarchitecture in a single volume. Beginning with a study of structural antecedents found in late Roman architecture, the author examines Early Christian borrowings and transformations and selected representative types of Byzantine buildings. The following chapters cover the development of themonastic complex, traditional forms of Northern timber construction, and the contributions of the Carolingian and Ottonian empires. Spanish structures from the seventh century through the tenth century set the stage for the development of the Romanesque style, examined in its various regionalmanifestations. After identifying the structural sources of Gothic architecture, the author presents the evolving regional Gothic styles, Late Gothic elaborations and innovations, and representative types of secular architecture. The text concludes with an informative chapter on medieval buildingpractices and the tradition of the Master Mason. Medieval Architecture in Western Europe: From A.D. 300 to 1500 is thoroughly illustrated with plans, sections, diagrams, and photographs, and also includes an IBM-compatible CD-ROM, featuring over 800 supplementary views and details of the buildings discussed, all in color. Filling the gap betweengeneral surveys of architectural history and specialized works on specific periods and regions, this book is ideal for introductory courses in Medieval Architecture, but will also satisfy any reader with an interest in the Middle Ages.

Author Notes

Robert G. Calkins is a History of Art Professor at Cornell University. He has considerable experience with medieval architecture, having written two other books on this subject, Monuments of Medieval Art and Illuminated Books of the Middle Ages.

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Calkins's handsomely illustrated book is the only comprehensive survey of medieval architecture in English. In short, chronologically organized chapters, he discusses the major monuments of the period, from Roman basilicas, through Romanesque abbeys and Gothic cathedrals, to 15th-century palaces and town halls, including eastern European buildings rarely discussed in English. The concluding chapter on building practices, in conjunction with the use of builders' names when known, imbues these monuments with a humanity often lacking in textbook discussions of vaulting and buttressing. Calkins, though primarily a manuscript scholar, discusses technical issues clearly; however, a glossary of architectural terms would have been helpful. An IBM-PC compatible CD-ROM included with the book--though not mentioned in the text--features hundreds of color views of the buildings in a searchable database, helpful even if many images are of low quality when viewed at full size. Despite these technical problems, this book is an ideal choice for introductory courses on medieval architecture. Recommended for academic and public libraries. General readers; undergraduates through faculty. A. R. Stanton; University of Missouri--Columbia

Table of Contents

Prefacep. ix
1 Classical Antecedentsp. 1
2 Early Christian Buildings to A.D. 500p. 14
3 Justianian's Buildingsp. 34
4 Later Byzantine Variationsp. 50
5 Early Monasticism Ans Northern Traditionsp. 56
6 Carolingian Assimilations and Innovationsp. 66
7 Ottonian Continuationsp. 80
8 Visigothic, Asturian, Muslim, and Mozarabic Beginnings in Spainp. 91
9 Early Romanesque Solutionsp. 100
10 Romanesque Style in Francep. 111
11 Other Romanesque Variations: Germany and Italyp. 136
12 Anglo-Saxon, Norman and Anglo-Norman, Romaesquep. 151
13 Early Gothic in Francep. 168
14 Thirteenth-Century Gothic in Francep. 198
15 Regional Gothic Stylesp. 219
16 The Rayonnant Style in France and European Imitationsp. 236
17 Late Gothic Elaborations and Innovationsp. 253
18 Secular Architecture in the Middle Agesp. 290
19 Medieval Builders and Building Practicesp. 305
Notesp. 313
Bibliographyp. 319
Indexp. 337