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HARC 0830 / HIST 0830 / RELI 0830 Cathedrals, Cloisters, Churches: c.1050-c.1350 - only offered Autumn 2017

[Please note: This seminar is offered for the Autumn 2017 semester. It is not offered in Spring 2018. Each seminar runs only subject to sufficient student demand.] The architecture of medieval European churches still retains the power to inspire and fascinate modern viewers. This seminar explores them in relation to religious. social, cultural and economic trends. In a great cathedral or wealthy monastery all the arts were at the service of prayer and Christian instruction. Yet they also reflected the wealth, tastes and interests of ecclesiastical and lay patrons, along with their desire to impress and to convey sometimes distinctly worldly messages. In the same way - but on a humbler scale tempered by the resources and contacts available to the local community - these connections were enacted through the most ordinary parish churches. 

Sample topics:

Romanesque

Parish churches

Furnishing a Church

Suger and the birth of Gothic

Cistercian restraint

Varieties of Gothic

Pilgrimage architecture

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