Medieval Irish architecture and the concept of Romanesque : building traditions in eleventh- and twelfth-century Europe / by Tadhg O'Keeffe.

O'Keeffe, Tadhg [Browse]
  • Abingdon, Oxon ; New York : Routledge, 2024.
  • ©2024
xx, 238 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm


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"This book presents a fresh perspective on eleventh- and twelfth-century Irish architecture. Eschewing its conventional description as "Romanesque", it offers a critical assessment of that term, "Romanesque", and of its accompanying theory of a common, pan-European, style of architecture in the early second millennium CE. Medieval Irish Architecture and the Concept of Romanesque is a new and original study of medieval architectural culture in Ireland. The book's central premise is that the concept of a "Romanesque" style in eleventh- and twelfth-century architecture across western Europe, including Ireland, is problematic, and that the analysis of building traditions of that period is not well served by the assumption that there was a common style. Detailed discussion of important buildings in Ireland, a place marginalised within the "Romanesque" model, reveals the Irish evidence to be intrinsically interesting to students of medieval European architecture, for it is evidence which illuminates how architectural traditions of the middle ages were shaped by balancing native and imported needs and aesthetics, often without reference to Romanitas. This book is for specialists and students in the fields of Romanesque, medieval archaeology, medieval architectural history, and medieval Irish studies"-- Provided by publisher.
Bibliographic references
Includes bibliographical references and index.
  • Europe and Ireland : inventing "Romanesque"
  • Tradition and innovation in the architecture of early medieval Ireland
  • Vaulting ambitions : the eleventh-century transformation of Irish architecture
  • Building reform church in Ireland's short twelfth century?
  • Cormac's Chapel and its place in Irish and European architectural history
  • Epilogue.
  • 9781032578910 ((hardback))
  • 1032578912
  • 9781032578934 ((paperback))
  • 1032578939
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