Early Medieval Architecture by Roger StalleyEarly Medieval Architecture by Roger Stalley

Early Medieval Architecture

byRoger Stalley

Paperback | December 15, 1999

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The early middle ages were an exciting period in the history of European architecture, culminating in the development of the Romanesque style. Major architectural innovations were made during this time including the medieval castle, the church spire, and the monastic cloister. By avoiding thetraditional emphasis on chronological development, Roger Stalley provides a radically new approach to the subject, exploring issues and themes rather than sequences and dates. In addition to analysing the language of the Romanesque, the book examines the engineering achievements of the builders, andclearly how the great monuments of the age were designed and constructed. Ranging from Gotland to Apulia, the richness and variety of European architecture is explored in terms of the social and religious aspirations of the time. Symbolic meanings associated with architecture are also thoroughlyinvestigated. Written with style and humour, the lively text includes many quotations from ancient sources, providing a fascinating insight into the way that medieval buildings were created, and in the process enlivening study of this period.
Roger Stalley is Professor of the History of Art at Trinity College, Dublin. His previous books include Architecture and Sculpture in Ireland 1150-1350 (1971), The Cistercian Monasteries of Ireland (1987), Irish High Crosses (1991), and Ireland and Europe in the Middle Ages (1993). He has published over fifty articles on various aspect...
Title:Early Medieval ArchitectureFormat:PaperbackDimensions:272 pages, 9.37 × 6.57 × 0.63 inPublished:December 15, 1999Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0192842234

ISBN - 13:9780192842237


Table of Contents

Introduction1. The Christian basilica2. The Carolingian renaissance3. Symbolic buildings4. Architecture and pilgrimage5. Architecture and monasticism6. Diversity in the Romanesque era7. The language of architecture8. Secular architecture in the age of feudalism9. Art and engineering10. Patron and BuilderEpilogue: the shadow of RomeNotes; List of Illustrations; Bibliographic Essay; Timeline; Index

From Our Editors

Mad about solid old castles and churches with spires that reach for the clouds? Far from focussing on chronology, Early Medieval Architecture puts particular emphasis on the significance of religion, culture and engineering principles in achieving the architectural styles of that era.