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France, 1135–1450

Christopher Tadgell

Christopher Tadgell is an independent architectural historian based in Kent, England, UK, and author of Routledge’s seven-volume ‘Architecture in Context’ series. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Sir Banister Fletcher’s Global History of Architecture Volume 1

© the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) and the University of London, 2019

Sir Banister Fletcher chapter

...If the Romanesque era belonged to the abbey and rural feudalism, the Gothic did so to the urban cathedral – apart from the castle. Abbots continued to provide great patronage, but bishops came to the fore and the greatest buildings...