Medieval Art and Architecture I
Level 3, 10 Credits.
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A course of illustrated lectures on medieval art and architecture as seen in cathedrals and abbeys. The course will include the following buildings:
Waltham Abbey (Essex)
Once one of England’s greatest monasteries. Only the nave of the monastic church remains.
The chancel, crossing tower and transepts of the magnificent monastic church became a parish church after the Dissolution.
The see of Worcester was founded in 680. The building we see today incorporates work from the late 11th century continuing into the 15th.
Southwell Minster (Notts)
This magnificent church, now a cathedral, incorporates fine Norman and 13th century work, but the Chapter House is perhaps the greatest work of the Decorated period in England.
St Albans Cathedral (Herts)
Founded as a Benedictine abbey in the 8th century, it became a cathedral in 1874. Much of the present church is Norman and has 13th and 14th century wall paintings.
Each building will be examined in depth: its history, socio-economic context, the particular aspects of theology emphasised during the various phases of its building, the influences on its art and architecture and, in the case of larger churches, of their patrons. All these have created the buildings that we see today.
Who is this course for?
Anyone with an interest in the topic. This is a Level CWFQ 3 course, so no previous knowledge is assumed.
Learning and Teaching
There will be a series of illustrated lectures, with plenty of opportunities for questions and discussion.
Coursework and Assessment
Students are encouraged to keep a course diary, and have the option of writing an essay.
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- R.Morris: Churches in the Landscape, London 1989.
- C.Platt: The Parish Churches of Medieval England, London 1981 or more recent reprint London 1995.
- S. Platten, Cathedrals & Abbeys of England, 6th edition, Pitkin Publishing, 1999
- S.Jenkins: England’s Thousand Best Churches, Penguin, London 1990.
- G.Webb: Architecture in Britain. The Middle Ages, Pelican History of Art, Harmondsworth 1956 (or later reprints, now produced by Yale).
- J.Betjeman (Ed.): Collins Pocket Guide to English Parish Churches, 3rd. ed., 2 vols, London 1968. Brief entries divided into North and South.
- D. Macaulay: Cathedral: the Story of Its Construction. Collins, 1974, 1976, 1979.
- T. Maude: Guided by a Stonemason: Cathedrals, Abbeys and Churches of Britain Unveiled, I B Tauris & Co Ltd; 1997
- P. & L. Murray: The Oxford Companion to Christian Art & Architecture, Oxford 1996.
- Henry Thorold : Collins Guide To Cathedrals, Abbeys And Priories Of England And Wales, Collins, 1986.
- Also, relevant volumes in the N. Pevsner Buildings of England (Pevsner Architectural Guides) series.
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