Michael D. Costen & Catherine Oakes - Romanesque Churches of The Loire & Western France (2nd Hand Paperback)
- Format : Slightly Larger 2nd Hand Paperback
- Condition : Very Good
- Category : Non-Fiction - Architecture, Design & Engineering
- Published : 2000 (Tempus)
- ISBN : 9780752414447
- SKU : SHB000749
- PPC : LL505
- Quantity Available : 1
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The dazzling flowering of church building in western France during the eleventh and twelfth centuries took place against a background of profound social change and incessant political upheaval and warfare. The region covered - the dioceses of Angers, Angouleme, Poitiers, Tours and Saintes - was mostly under the control of the Counts of Poitiers/Dukes of Aquitaine and the Counts of Anjou, and from 1152 the whole region was part of the 'empire' of Henry II, King of the English.
Against the political background of the rise of the feudal nobility and the spread of castles, the authors look at the reorganization of the dioceses and the foundation of the monasteries, and at the local patronage and parochial system which led to the building of churches. At Tours stood one of the most ancient and famous of medieval shrines, and pilgrims passed through the region on their way to St James of Compostella. The new eremitical orders were represented by Robert of Arbissel and his new foundation at Fontevrault, buriel place of Henry II and Richard I.
In between were hundreds of new parish churches, which the authors look at in detail. With the aid of over 100 plans and specially taken photographs they examine the architectural styles, their sculpture, decoration and painting, and in a succinct Gazetteer list all the major Romanesque monuments of the region.
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