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By Richard Barras

This two-volume publication explores how the good structures of britain undergo witness to 1000 years of the nation’s background. In all ages, funding in iconic constructions reaches a climax whilst the present mode of construction is working such a lot successfully, surplus wealth is such a lot ample, and the dominant type ideas ideally suited. in the course of such classes of balance and prosperity, the call for for brand new structures is robust, structural and stylistic recommendations abound, and there's fierce pageant to construct for lasting fame. Each such climax produces a special classic of hegemonic structures which are monuments to the wealth and gear of these who governed their world. 

this primary quantity offers an advent to the examine of wealth accumulation over the last millennium. There keep on with 3 case stories of iconic development funding from the 11th to the 17th century. in the course of the 11th and 12th centuries the conquering Norman kings and barons erected castles in the course of the nation to cement their feudal strength. throughout the 13th and fourteenth centuries the nice wealth of the ecclesiastical estates funded the lavish building of Gothic cathedrals and abbeys. throughout the 16th and early 17th centuries Tudor and Jacobean magnates vied to construct the main really good palaces and prodigy homes. The English Revolution introduced this period to a close.

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