Romanesque Architecture in Western Europe

Romanesque Architecture in Western Europe

Romanesque Architecture in Western Europe

Romanesque Architecture in Western Europe

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The chapters comprising this book are an amplification of a series of lectures first delivered to the Courtauld Institute of Art in 1932 and in a slightly different form for the Faculty of Modern History at Oxford in the same year. The intention has been to present a general survey of the architecture and architectural sculpture of each country during the period under review, with the idea of determining the local forms of Romanesque expression, rather than providing an account of individual buildings. When a building or work has been the subject of controversy I have attempted to give some idea of the contending points of view and of my own conclusions on the matter in question. Footnotes and references have been reduced to a minimum, the principal modern works on each branch of the subject being cited in a bibliography at the end of each chapter. The subject has not been pursued beyond the beginnings of the Gothic style, and the book does not profess to give an account of the transition between the two periods.

I have to acknowledge the assistance of my friends, Mr. E. A. Ralegh Radford and Dr. W. M. Whitehill, in reading the Italian and Spanish sections of the book respectively and for many emendations and suggestions. I am also indebted to Miss V. M. Dallas for compiling the index.

I have in addition to acknowledge the kindness of Mr. G. E. Chambers, Mr. Arthur Gardner, Mr. J. R. H. Weaver, Dr. W. M. Whitehill, and Mr. F. T. A. Power in permitting me to use their photographs. To many others, whose names are indicated in the List of Illustrations, I am also indebted.

A. W. C.

LONDON, 1935.

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