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A Wealth of Buildings: Marking the Rhythm of English by Richard Barras

By Richard Barras

This two-volume ebook explores how the good structures of britain undergo witness to one thousand years of the nation’s heritage. In all ages, funding in iconic structures reaches a climax whilst the present mode of creation is working such a lot successfully, surplus wealth is such a lot ample, and the dominant category principles ultimate. in the course of such sessions of balance and prosperity, the call for for brand spanking new structures is powerful, structural and stylistic recommendations abound, and there's fierce pageant to construct for lasting fame. Each such climax produces a special classic of hegemonic structures which are monuments to the wealth and tool of these who governed their world. 

this primary quantity offers an creation to the research of wealth accumulation over the last millennium. There persist with 3 case stories of iconic construction funding from the 11th to the 17th century. throughout the 11th and 12th centuries the conquering Norman kings and barons erected castles through the state to cement their feudal strength. in the course of the 13th and fourteenth centuries the good wealth of the ecclesiastical estates funded the lavish development of Gothic cathedrals and abbeys. in the course of the 16th and early 17th centuries Tudor and Jacobean magnates vied to construct the main brilliant palaces and prodigy homes. The English Revolution introduced this period to a close.

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