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Renaissance Gothic: Architecture and the Arts in Northern Europe, 1470-1540 Hardcover – June 30, 2012
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As time progressed, the Gothic style began spreading from the heart of the Île-de-France into ever-wider areas, first in the greater France itself, but then over continental Europe and even across the channel to England. Although the style perhaps never was fully accepted in Italy, the "cathedral race" had by the early 13th century begun in earnest, and cities across France and Europe began to feel that to not have a Gothic cathedral was a mark of inferiority. This, over time, drove the master builders of the period to continue to extend the style ever farther as the prestige associated with having a Gothic cathedral outshining the one in the next nearest city became a constant factor among both the church and the crown. This meant increasing height of the interior elevation (to find its zenith, no pun intended, in Beauvais), but it also meant to see the style itself increasingly embellished as successive generations of builders tried to prove that they could do "more" with the adornment and execution of the style than ever before.Read more ›