Preaching, Building, and Burying

Friars and the Medieval City
by Caroline Bruzelius
Yale Univ Pr

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Pub Date: 2014
Format: Hardback with bw & color illus.
Pages: 255 pp.
Size: 8.00 x 10.50 inches

ISBN: 9780300203844
TB Code: 1805556
Availability: 41 in stock

As mendicants became progressively institutionalized and sought legitimacy, friars adopted the architectural structures of monasticism: chapter houses, cloisters, dormitories, and refectories. They also created piazzas for preaching and burying outside their churches. Construction depended on assembling adequate funding from communes, confraternities, and private individuals; it was also sometimes supported by the expropriation of property from heretics. Because of irregular funding, construction was episodic, with substantial changes in scale and design. Choir screens served as temporary west façades while funds were raised for completion. This is the first book to analyze the friars’ influence on the growth and transformation of medieval buildings and urban spaces.