Gothic cathedrals of France and England

Feb 3rd, 2012
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This is an essay on historical differences between styles of Gothic cathedrals of France and England

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The centuries around 1000 to the late 1300s are considered to be the time of the Gothic cathedral. The Gothic style first originated in France. French Amiens cathedral that was built in a period of 1218-88, greatly embodied the Gothic style, which gave an example of the 'high Gothic' to the whole of Western Europe. To England the new style of architecture came, by way of Normandy. The complete Gothic system was brought to Canterbury in 1175. In the Early English style (1175-1250) the pointed arch was predominant. Salisbury cathedral is the finest example of this style. The 'High Gothic' (1250-1375) appeared in England almost fifty years later than in France. It is regarded as an English style, and it didn't have the logical character of French Gothic. It included decorative details, and was the first style to make the use of flowing lines in its tracery. Moreover, it had graceful fan-v

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