Gothic Architecture A.d. 1000 - 1400
The Tempietto Del Clitunno Near Spoleto
Text and Illustrations
Hardcover ISBN: 0271017287
This two-volume set represents the first full publication on the enigmatic early medieval chapel near the river Clitunno in central Umbria. Emerick (art history, Pomona College) critiques the notion of classical revival in medieval architecture and shows that the chapel's orders, pedimental reliefs, and inscriptions conform to ancient Roman Imperial Corinthian standards. Turning to the frescoes on the rear apse wall for clues to the builders' political goals, he explains how the decorative system enhanced social and political control. The illustrations volume contains 14 drawings and 218 photographs, all in b&w. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
Constructions of Power and Piety in Medieval Aleppo
Hardcover ISBN: 0271015624
A specialist in medieval Islamic architecture and institutions explains how the Ayyubid dynasty in the 12th and 13th centuries brought unprecedented architectural development to the most important city in medieval Syria. He describes how they modernized the city rather than build a new one as most ascendent dynasties did, and argues that the intense palatial and religious activity was intended to create a royal image of the Ayyubid state while fostering links between it and urban population. Well illustrated in black and white. The quotations are in both Arabic and English. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
Britain's Medieval Castles
Hardcover ISBN: 0275984141
Lise Hull takes the reader on a cultural and historical tour of Britain's medieval castles, with a special emphasis on how these structures evolved to serve their inhabitants' changing military and political needs.
Castles in Context
Power, Symbolism and Landscape 1066-1500
Paperback ISBN: 0954557522
Writing for castle enthusiasts and scholars who might not be aware of the revolution in the subject that has occurred in the last decade, Liddiard, (landscape history, U. of East Anglia) describes new thinking about castles that extends beyond their role as military fortresses. The emphasis is on how people experienced castles in the Middle Ages and the intent and impact of architecture, site, and design in the social and landscape context. The text is accessible, and the illustrations include color and monochrome photographs and period and modern illustrations. Distributed in the US by The David Brown Book Co. Annotation ©2006 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
The Gothic Enterprise
A Guide to Understanding the Medieval Cathedral
Paperback ISBN: 0520269993
"This is easily the best book I have seen on why the great cathedrals were built. The breadth of Scott's scholarship is astonishing. As well as art history and architecture, he brings to bear his knowledge of subjects as wide apart as engineering, the sociology of religion, and the medieval economy. Only a handful of books truly throw light on the mystery of the cathedrals, and this is one of them."--Ken Follett, author of Pillars of the Earth "Written in a lucid style and illustrated by dozens of sketches and photographs, this interdisciplinary survey is the best introduction to its subject now in print."--Gene Brucker, author of Florence: The Golden Age, 1138-1737 "Scott has given us a book of wonderful breadth and erudition with a refreshingly light touch. He describes vividly the social, political, and religious background to the great flowering of the Gothic cathedrals of Europe in the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries, and the strange mixture of motives that drove this astonishing building program. He is equally interested in the hard practical mechanics of hewing timber, erecting scaffolding, quarrying stone, transporting and hauling these materials as he is in the religious and liturgical symbolisms and conceptual schemes of the architects and their royal paymasters. Gothic cathedrals are astounding monuments to the aspirations of the human spirit reaching out to the divine, and this is a splendid introduction to the medieval worlds that produced them, written by an enthusiastic guide who really knows his subject and loves it."--Hugh Dickinson, Dean Emeritus of Salisbury Cathedral "Gothic architecture is notoriously difficult to represent verbally, but in Scott's book the joy so many people find in discovering these breathtakingly beautiful monuments is palpable."--Stephen Murray, author of Notre Dame, Cathedral of Amiens: The Power of Change in Gothic "In this splendid book Scott writes precisely, clearly, and with a love for both words and his readers. Those who read these pages will come away enlightened, inspired, and with a more profound grasp of our civilization."--Neil J. Smelser, University Professor of Sociology, Emeritus, University of California, Berkeley