The Migration of Cathedral Architecture in France and England

Ref: C3747060

Architectural development in France had a direct impact on the great churches of England. The Romanesque of Normandy flowed into Canterbury and Edward the Confessor's Westminster Abbey, and William of Sens was to bring the Gothic of Northern France to Canterbury a century later. We will consider how subsequent Gothic development took divergent paths, through the High Gothic and Rayonnant in France, and from the Early English to the Perpendicular in England.

Course aim

To explore how development in France of the Romanesque and Gothic styles made an impact in England - in for example Edward the Confessor's Westminster Abbey and in the work at Canterbury Cathedral following the murder of Archbishop Becket.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is for beginners

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • recognise the Romanesque style developed in Normandy
  • understand how the new Gothic style emerged from northern France
  • see how William of Normandy brought his architecture to England - becoming the Anglo-Norman style
  • recognise the early Gothic - directly inspired by France in Canterbury and then evolving into the distinctive English Gothic styles

How will I be taught?

What kind of feedback can I expect?

What else do I need to know?

Nothing else is needed.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

What can I do next?

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The Migration of Cathedral Architecture in France and England


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