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date: 22 November 2019

High Gothiclocked

  • William W. Clark


Stylistic term applied to what is widely considered to be the ‘classic’ period in Gothic architecture (see Gothic, §II, 1), which encompassed the series of cathedrals built in northern France between c. 1195 and c. 1230. In English the term has an added connotation of literal height. As a term in English, High Gothic gained currency only after World War II, although the concept of a classic phase of Gothic architecture is a mid-19th-century idea that developed in the scholarship of several countries, including England and Germany, as well as France. It was Viollet-le-Duc who gave the idea its most thorough-going expression in French studies. Most of the older ideas about the style of the early 13th century and the labels applied to it are conveniently summarized and analysed by Frankl (1960), although both Pevsner and Watkin added significant British scholarship.

The term High Gothic has been applied to exclude as well as to include. At its narrowest it includes the cathedrals of ...

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