Synopses & Reviews
This wide-ranging book explores the architectureand#151;principally ecclesiasticaland#151;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 Normansand#8217; 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 Normandyand#8217;s medieval architecture, but also into the fascinating society from which it emerged.
and#8220;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 interestingand#8212;all set into a richly textured account in which patrons played an active role.and#8221;and#8212;Caroline Bruzelius, author of The Stones of Naples: Church Building in the Angevin Kingdom
and#8220;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.and#8221;and#8212;Peter Fergusson, Wellesley College
In this book, the first to consider the development of Gothic architecture in twelfth- and thirteenth-century Normandy, Lindy Grant examines a period of profound social, cultural, and political change. She establishes the first reliable chronology of buildings while providing sharp insights into Normandyand#8217;s medieval architecture and its patrons and architects.
About the Author
is medieval curator at the Conway Library, the Courtauld Institute, University of London.