Book Series Architectura Medii Aevi, vol. 9

Decorated Revisited

English Architectural Style in Context, 1250-1400

John Munns (ed)

  • Pages: 248 p.
  • Size:216 x 280 mm
  • Illustrations:222 b/w
  • Language(s):English
  • Publication Year:2017

  • ISBN: 978-2-503-55434-1
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In ten essays, leading established and emerging scholars reassess the nature, significance and context of the Decorated style in English Gothic architecture.


John Munns teaches the history of medieval art at the University of Cambridge since 2011, where he is a Fellow and Director of Studies at Magdalene College.


Thirty-Five years after the publication of Jean Bony’s seminal work on the so-called Decorated style of English architecture (The English Decorated Style: Gothic Architecture Transformed, 1979), this volume brings together a selection of groundbreaking essays by the most promising emerging scholars of English medieval architecture, together with contributions by two of the leading established authorities on the subject: Nicola Coldstream (The Decorated Style: Architecture and Ornament, 1240-1360, 1994) and Paul Binski (Gothic Wonder: Art, Artifice, and the Decorated Style, 1290–1350, 2014).

The contributors revisit Bony's work and reassess the scholarly legacy of the past three-and-a-half decades. Drawing on a range of innovative methodologies, they then present exciting new insights into the nature and significance of English architecture in the period, focusing particularly on its broader European context. The essays are developed from papers delivered as part of a major seminar series at the University of Cambridge in 2013-14.


John Munns, Introduction

Nicola Coldstream, The Fall and Rise of the Decorated Style

James Hillson, Architectural Interaction Post-Bony: Regionality, Centrality, and Transformation in the English Decorated Style

Andrew Budge, Collegiate Churches Founded in the Fourteenth Century: Change in Architectural Style as a Social Process?

Jeffrey A. K. Miller, Experiment and Regionalism in Decorated Yorkshire: York Cathedral’s Nave Revisited

Jon Cannon, The Bristol Master and the Ambitions of Decorated

Jana Gajdošová, The Decorated Style as a European Trend? The Evolution of Parlerian Tracery in Prague Cathedral

Sophie Dentzer-Niklasson, Decorated Vaults: Geographical, Terminological, and Chronological Limitations

Jakub Adamski, The Influence of Thirteenth- and Fourteenth-Century English Architecture in the Southern Baltic Region and Poland

Michalis Olympios, Courtly Splendours: Hugh IV’s Bellapais Abbey and the English Decorated Style

Paul Binski, An Afterword on Jean Bony and the Decorated Style


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