The Engineering of Medieval Cathedrals (Studies in the History of Civil Engineering Series)

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Nineteen papers discuss medieval builders, their design methods, and the mechanical arts in their time. The contributions include engineering studies of medieval cathedrals written from a variety of analytical approaches. Four papers on Northern European churches discuss their towers, spires, flying buttresses, high-pitched roof gables, roof carpentry, invisible internal iron and timber reinforcement, and foundation systems. The editor includes numerous schematic plans, line drawings, and b&w photos. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Table of Contents

General Editor's Preface
1 Robert Willis, Viollet-le-Duc and the structural approach to Gothic architecture 1
2 On the rubber vaults of the Middle Ages and other matters 15
3 The geometrical knowledge of medieval master masons 27
4 Villard de Honnecourt, Reims, and the origin of Gothic architectural drawing 63
5 The tracing floor of York Minster 81
6 Late Gothic structural design in 'instructions' of Lorenz Lechler 87
7 The ground plan of Norwich Cathedral and the square root of two 107
8 The stonework planning of the first Durham master 117
9 Archaeology and engineering: the foundations of Amiens Cathedral 133
10 The collapse of 1284 at Beauvais Cathedral 141
11 Beauvais Cathedral 169
12 The structural behaviour of medieval ribbed vaulting 191
13 Fan vaulting 203
14 'Ars mechanica': Gothic structure in Italy 219
15 Brunelleschi's dome of S. Maria del Fiore and some related structures 235
16 A comment on the function of the upper flying buttress in French Gothic architecture 261
17 The high roofs of the east end of Lincoln Cathedral 283
18 Villet-le-Duc and the fleche of Notre-Dame de Paris: Gothic carpentry of the 13th and 19th centuries 313
19 Building the tower and spire of Salisbury Cathedral 327
Index 351
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