The Powers that Shaped the Medieval City
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Paris: The Powers that shaped the Medieval City considers the various forces – royal, monastic and secular – that shaped the art, architecture and topography of Paris between c. 1100 and c. 1500, a period in which Paris became one of the foremost metropolises in the West.
The chapters, written by an international group of scholars, cover the subject from many different angles. They encompass wide-ranging case studies that address architecture, manuscript illumination and stained glass, as well as questions of liturgy, religion and social life. Topics include the early medieval churches that preceded the current cathedral church of Notre-Dame and cultural production in the Paris area in the late 12th and early 13th centuries, as well as Paris’s chapels and bridges. There is new evidence for the source of the c. 1240 design for a celebrated window in the Sainte-Chapelle, an evaluation of the liturgical arrangements in the new shrine-choir of Saint-Denis, built 1140–44, and a valuable assessment of the properties held by the Cistercian order in Paris in the Middle Ages. Also investigated are relationships between manuscript illuminators in the fourteenth century and representations of Paris in manuscripts and other media up to the late 15th century.
Paris: The Powers that shaped the Medieval City updates and enlarges our knowledge of this key city in the Middle Ages and is for Medieval Archaeologists and Historians.
Table of Contents
List of Contributors
- Notre-Dame in Paris before the Gothic Period
- Abbot Suger’s Paris
- The Power of the Saints: Architecture and Liturgy in Abbot Suger’s Shrine-Choir at Saint-Denis in the Twelfth and Thirteenth Centuries
- The King’s City: The Disciplinary ‘Sense-scape’ of Paris in the Thirteenth Century
- The Great Thirteenth-Century Chapels of Paris
- City of light: Picturing the translation of the Crown of Thorns to Paris in the Gothic glass of the Sainte-Chapelle
- Jean Pucelle, Mahiet, and the Fauvel Master: Relationships between Manuscript Illuminators in Fourteenth-Century Paris
- Building Paris on its Bridges
- Not so vast a Solitude: Cistercians in Medieval Paris
- Images of Paris in the late Middle Ages: The Great Monuments
WILLIAM CHESTER JORDAN
Alexandra Gajewski is the Reviews Editor of The Burlington Magazine and an Associate Fellow of the Institute of Historical Research, London. Her research focuses on Gothic architecture, especially in relation to the cult of relics, liturgy and questions of function. She has published on Cistercian architecture in medieval Europe, religious architecture in Burgundy, the historiography of regional architecture as well as medieval women as patrons, embroidery and the Castle of Love in ivory.
John McNeill is Secretary of the British Archaeological Association, wherein he was instrumental in establishing the Association’s International Romanesque conference series. He has published widely on Romanesque architecture and architectural sculpture in England, France and Italy.