Architecture and Society in Normandy, 1120-1270

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This wide-ranging book explores the architecture—principally ecclesiastical—of Normandy from 1120 to 1270, a period of profound social, cultural, and political change. In 1204, control of the duchy of Normandy passed from the hands of the Anglo-Norman/Angevin descendants of William the Conqueror to the Capetian kingdom of France. The book examines the enormous cultural impact of this political change and places the architecture of the time in the context of the Normans’ complicated sense of their own identity. It is the first book to consider the inception and development of gothic architecture in Normandy and the first to establish a reliable chronology of buildings.

Lindy Grant extends her investigation beyond the buildings themselves and also offers an account of those who commissioned, built, and used them. The humanized story she tells provides sharp insights not only into Normandy’s medieval architecture, but also into the fascinating society from which it emerged.

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Editorial Reviews

Caroline Bruzelius
“Grant has assembled a remarkable wealth of material, proposed a number of important re-datings of important monuments, and set out a web of connections and interrelations that are deeply interesting—all set into a richly textured account in which patrons played an active role.”—Caroline Bruzelius, author of The Stones of Naples: Church Building in the Angevin Kingdom
Peter Fergusson
“This distinguished book provides a new way of understanding an important period. Nothing remotely similar in range or quality can be found on the subject in English or any other language.”—Peter Fergusson, Wellesley College
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780300106862
  • Publisher: Yale University Press
  • Publication date: 4/10/2005
  • Pages: 284
  • Sales rank: 1,311,789
  • Product dimensions: 9.04 (w) x 11.30 (h) x 0.99 (d)

Meet the Author

Lindy Grant is medieval curator at the Conway Library, the Courtauld Institute, University of London.

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Table of Contents

Introduction : Normandy and gothic architecture 1
1 Normandy : polity, place and people 7
2 The Norman church 19
3 Patronage and piety 33
4 The new architecture 43
5 The emergence of Gothic architecture in Normandy circa 1120-circa 1160 63
6 The 1160s and 1170s : French influence and the patronage of the great churchmen 75
7 Architecture in the last decades of ducal Normandy, circa 1180-1204 97
8 Rouen Cathedral and architecture in upper Normandy in the earlier thirteenth century 121
9 The south-west 149
10 The architecture of central lower Normandy in the thirteenth century 181
11 The reception of Rayonnant in Normandy 205
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