By Richard Barras
This two-volume booklet explores how the good structures of britain undergo witness to one thousand years of the nation’s historical past. In all ages, funding in iconic constructions reaches a climax whilst the existing mode of construction is working such a lot successfully, surplus wealth is such a lot ample, and the dominant classification ideas excellent. in the course of such sessions of balance and prosperity, the call for for brand spanking new constructions is powerful, structural and stylistic recommendations abound, and there's fierce pageant to construct for lasting reputation. every one such climax produces a special classic of hegemonic constructions which are monuments to the wealth and tool of these who governed their international.
this primary quantity offers an creation to the research of wealth accumulation during the last millennium. There persist with 3 case experiences of iconic development funding from the 11th to the 17th century. through the 11th and 12th centuries the conquering Norman kings and barons erected castles through the nation to cement their feudal strength. throughout the 13th and fourteenth centuries the nice wealth of the ecclesiastical estates funded the lavish development of Gothic cathedrals and abbeys. in the course of the 16th and early 17th centuries Tudor and Jacobean magnates vied to construct the main awesome palaces and prodigy homes. The English Revolution introduced this period to a close.
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Pevsner’s central concern was to ‘locate English architecture in the European context and at the same time demonstrate its uniqueness’ (Harries 2011: 382). This aim lay behind the 1955 series of Reith lectures 1 Of Works and Monuments 5 he gave on the theme of The Englishness of English Art, published in book form the following year. The Germanic perspective he applied to English art and architecture generated considerable controversy. Some saw it as condescending; others, even more damningly, condemned it as unEnglish.
Each period of consolidation tends to reach an apogee, when the prevailing mode of production is operating most effectively, the surplus product is most plentiful and the dominant class rules supreme. It is these periods which tend to produce the conjunction of circumstances most favourable to investment in the iconic buildings of the age. Accumulated 16 A Wealth of Buildings: Marking the Rhythm of English History wealth is abundant, the functional imperative is strong, structural innovations are widely adopted, the authority of the ruling class is unchallenged, yet there is fierce competition among its individual members.
The Germanic perspective he applied to English art and architecture generated considerable controversy. Some saw it as condescending; others, even more damningly, condemned it as unEnglish. He was virulently attacked by both the radical Left and Tory Right, and to this day remains an anathema to sections of the English architectural establishment (Crossley 2004: 3). Nevertheless, it has now become universally recognized that Pevsner’s monumental work has been Germany’s loss and England’s gain. Multiple Functions To understand the drivers of building investment, we should start by recognizing that buildings perform a multiplicity of functions.