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Title :

The architecture of Arthurian enthusiasm : castle symbolism in the reigns of Edward I and his successors

Author :
MORRIS, Richard ;
Conference :
Harlaxton Symposium (1995, Harlaxton); Armies, chivalry and warfare in medieval Britain and France : proceedings of the 1995 Harlaxton symposium; Stamford; P. Watkins ;
Publication year :
1998
Language :
English ;
Abstract :
Demonstrates the conscious use of artistry and symbolism in castles, exemplifed at Caernarfon which uses geometrical variety in plan, banded masonry in the walls, a surfeit of turrets, battlements carved with figures, and a niche enclosing a seated figure of a king on the façade of the King's Gate. Suggests that the symbolism goes beyond the merely political to a specific association with the fashionable contemporary world of Arthurian romance. Considers the historiography of Arthurian art, particularly tombs, and proposes that certain elements in the circle of Edward I had adopted Arthurian ideals as a lifestyle. Looks at the influence of romance literature on other castles, secular great halls, and some churches of the period, and concludes that this new perception of castle architecture is part and parcel of the Decorated style. ;
Pagination/Size :
pl. 1-19; 19 ill. ;
Topic :
530 - BIBLIOGRAPHIE D'HISTOIRE DE L'ART ; 5304A - 1400-1800 ; Architecture ; 530-IV - 1400-1800 ;
French keywords :
Architecture ; Art ; Arthur, roi ; Château fort ; Decorated style ; Décoration architecturale ; Grande-Bretagne ; Iconographie ; Monument funéraire ; Symbolisme ; 1200-1400 ;
Descriptors :
Architectural decoration ; Architecture ; Art ; Arthur, king ; Castles ; Decorated style ; Great Britain ; Iconography ; Sepulchral monuments ; Symbolism ; 1200-1400 ;
Document type :
Communication de congrès ;
INIST identifier :
24900041 ;
ISBN :
ISBN 1871615895 ;
Provenance :
Bibliographie d'Histoire de l'Art ;
Publisher country :
UNITED KINGDOM ;