Norwich Cathedral Close: The Evolution of the English Cathedral Landscape [Paperback]

Roberta Gilchrist(Author)

ISBN: 9781783270965 | Published by: Boydell Press | Series: Studies in the History of Medieval Religion | Volume: Volume 26 | Year of Publication: 2016 | Language: English 316p, H9.5 x W6.75, 8 color, 62 black and white, 33 line drawing
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Norwich Cathedral Close


Winner of a CHOICE Outstanding Academic Title Award What explains the layout of the cathedral and its close? What ideas and beliefs shaped this familiar landscape? Through this pioneering study of the development of the close of Norwich cathedral - one of the most important buildings in medieval England - from its foundation in 1096 up to c.1700, the author looks at changes in cathedral landscape, both sacred and social. Using evidence from history, archaeology and other disciplines, Professor Gilchrist reconstructs both the landscape and buildings of the close, and the transformations in their use and meaning over time. Much emphasis is placed on the layout and the ways in which buildings and spaces were used and perceived by different groups. Patterns observed at Norwich are then placed in the context of other cathedral priories, allowing a broader picture to emerge of the development of the English cathedral landscape over six centuries. Roberta Gilchrist is Professor of Archaeology and Research Dean at the University of Reading. She is a Fellow of the British Academy and held the post of Archaeologist to Norwich Cathedral for 12 years.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Norwich Cathedral in ContextNorwich Cathedral: Defining the Medieval LandscapeEntering the Monastic Precinct: Zoning, Access and the Outer CourtMonastic Memory and Meaning: The Church, Cloister and CemeteriesCommunity, Hierarchy and Hospitality: The Claustral RangesLandscapes of Power: The Bishop's Palace and the Prior's LodgingCharity and Commerce: The Infirmary and the Inner CourtThe New Order: The Post-Medieval Cathedral Close, 1538 - c.1700Reading Sacred and Social Space in the English Cathedral Landscape

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