France and England - The Migration of Cathedral Architecture

Ref: C3742915

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, and William of Sens was to bring the Gothic of the Ile de France to Canterbury a century later. We will then consider how subsequent Gothic development took divergent paths, through High Gothic and Rayonnant in France, and from Early English to Perpendicular in England.

Course aim

To look in detail at the cathedral churches in both France and England, in order to see how a migration of architecture toward England took place in the medieval period.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed

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

  • Assess the styles of medieval architecture in the medieval cathedrals
  • Consider the influence of France in the style of building in England
  • Set this development of architecture in the two countries in the context of the wider historical background

How will I be taught?

  • The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you and the group to be actively involved in your learning
  • Presentations with images and provision of colour notes for each session

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • A range of informal activities will be used by the tutor to see what you are learning which may include quizzes, question and answer, small projects and discussion
  • You will have opportunities to discuss your progress with your tutor

What else do I need to know?

  • Nothing else is needed

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Progress to a course with another provider
  • visiting relevant buildings to study them in the light of this course

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France and England - The Migration of Cathedral Architecture

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