Bishop Robert Grosseteste and Lincoln Cathedral: tracing relationships between Medieval concepts of order and built form

Temple, Nicholas, Hendrix, John and Frost, Christian W. (2014) Bishop Robert Grosseteste and Lincoln Cathedral: tracing relationships between Medieval concepts of order and built form. Ashgate (later published in paperback by Routledge 2016), Farnham, Surrey. ISBN 9781472412751


The papers presented in this book originate from an international symposium, “Architecture as Cosmology: Lincoln Cathedral and Bishop Robert Grosseteste (1235–53),” hosted by Lincoln Cathedral on the 21st and 22nd January 2012, and funded by the Paul Mellon Education Programme and the Faculty of Art, Architecture and Design at the University of Lincoln. Supported by the Bishop and Chancellor of Lincoln Cathedral, the symposium (and subsequent published work) constitute the culmination of a more extended research project begun by Nicholas Temple in 2003 and published in his Disclosing Horizons: Architecture, Perspective and Redemptive Space (Routledge, 2007), and further developed by John Hendrix in his two books, Robert Grosseteste: Philosophy of Intellect and Vision (Academia Verlag, 2010) and Architecture as Cosmology: Lincoln Cathedral and English Gothic Architecture (Peter Lang Publishing, 2011). The papers in this volume develop, or challenge, the arguments presented in these earlier publications and research projects, by examining relationships between the scientific and cosmological ideas of Robert Grosseteste and the design and symbolism of Lincoln Cathedral. The central area of contention, in the chapters of this edited volume, is whether the cathedral (famous for its rose windows and innovative Gothic design) actually influenced the cosmological theories of its bishop, in particular his highly original theories of light and geometry. Contributors to the volume include many eminent historians and architectural theorists (who also presented papers at the international symposium), such as Professor Cecilia Panti (authority on Grosseteste and Medieval optics, and Professor Dalibor Vesely (renowned architectural theorist and philosopher) and Professor Christian Frost (noted authority of Salisbury Cathedral).

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