By Edward Bleiberg

ISBN-10: 078765695X

ISBN-13: 9780787656959

This glorious reference set at the humanities and the humanities in historical past is released via Thomson Gale, a credible writer within the reference publication publishing company. they've got introduced jointly a number of students within the fields of the arts and the humanities, every one a expert of their specific portion of this set. every one quantity is set a special historic period and will stand by itself. This reference set is a compilation of interesting details on 9 disciplines: structure and layout, dance, style, literature, song, philosophy, faith, theater, and visible arts in the course of the historical past of Western civilization, rather Europe. The 5 volumes of this set are divided in response to the historic eras of historical Egypt, historical Greece and Rome, Medieval Europe, Renaissance Europe, and the Age of the Baroque and the Enlightenment.

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The cathedrals and monasteries they erected during the eleventh century reveal a farflung array of sources drawn from southwestern France, Burgundy, and the Holy Roman Empire in Germany. At the Abbey of Jumièges in France, begun in 1037 and completed in 1066, a pair of tall towers flank a projecting porch with an upper chapel to form an impressive frontispiece that is reminiscent of such Carolingian façade blocks as Saint-Denis or Corvey. The interior of the church emphasizes elegant verticality through the use of tall, attached columns that divide the nave wall into a series of regular units or bays.

In a biography composed around 830, Einhard, the ruler’s friend and advisor, wrote that the emperor set in hand many projects which aimed at making his kingdom more attractive and at increasing public utility. … Outstanding among these, one might claim, are the great church of the Holy Mother of God at Aachen, which is really a remarkable construction, and the bridge over the Rhine at Mainz, which is five hundred feet long. … More important still was the fact that he commanded the bishops and churchmen, in whose care they were, to restore sacred edifices which had fallen into ruin through their very antiquity, wherever he discovered them throughout the whole of his kingdom.

THE ULTIMATE CREATIVITY. Paralleling the development of church architecture throughout the period were technological and conceptual changes in military and domestic architecture. Castles, for example, had evolved from the purely defensive tower that stood alongside a hall for protection, to the residential “donjon” with living spaces for the overlord, and finally to elaborate palace-like structures within fortified walled cities. It was, however, in church architecture that the ultimate expression of medieval creativity was to be found.

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