Re: Re: reorganisation and destruction of irish catholic churches
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To answer your question Gunter, I am inclined to think that Medieval architecture, whether civil or secular (for whetever sense that disticntion makes in the Medieval context) cannot be understood (or perhaps better, apreciated) outside of its historical or social context. In the case of the Middle Ages, we are talking of the age of belief.
Of course, by understanding a building I mean more than than the technical skills needed to put stone on stone or brick or brick. Were we to look at matters only in that way, then clerly it would make little difference were we considering a church, cathedral, castle or clothiers’ hall.