Possible West Country Influences on Twelfth-Century Architecture and its Decoration in Normandy Before 1150
Author: King, James F.
Source: Journal of the British Archaeological Association, Volume 139, Number 1, 1986 , pp. 22-39(18)
Publisher: Maney Publishing
Abstract:Stylistic evidence suggests that the more elaborately decorated churches which were built in Normandy after 1120 were copying many of the forms which had recently been developed in south-west England. Although it cannot be proven, there is reason to believe that the cathedral at Old Sarum was a major source of inspiration and may have been the first structure to use some of these decorative forms in England. It also seems likely from the surviving evidence that techniques used in rib-vaulting in this part of England provided the basis for the subsequent developments in sexpartite vaulting in Normandy. A variety of people may well have been responsible for taking the new styles to Normandy; but they were all intimately associated with the English court.
Document Type: Research Article
Publication date: 1986-01-01