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By Keith D. Lilley

ISBN-10: 1861894414

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In urban and Cosmos, Keith D. Lilley argues that the medieval brain thought of town really a microcosm: even more than a set of homes, a urban additionally represented a scaled-down model of the very order and association of the cosmos. Drawing upon a large choice of assets, together with unique money owed, visible artwork, technological know-how, literature, and architectural historical past, urban and Cosmos bargains an cutting edge interpretation of the way medieval Christians infused their city atmosphere with meaning.

Lilley combines either visible and textual facts to illustrate how town carried Christian cosmological that means and symbolism, sharing universal spatial types and sensible ordering. urban and Cosmos won't merely entice a various diversity of students learning medieval heritage, archaeology, philosophy, and theology; however it also will discover a vast viewers in structure, city making plans, and paintings heritage. With extra of the world’s inhabitants inhabiting towns than ever earlier than, this unique point of view on city order and tradition will end up more and more priceless to a person wishing to raised comprehend the function of town in society.

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In the built form of the monastic town in Ireland, then, is a model of the celestial city itself, replicated both in the outline of the enclosures within the monastic town – through their circular form – and in their function to create a spatial order that mirrors the divine order of the wider world, the innermost core – Jerusalem – being highest and closest to God. 54 This is the case at Sarrant, for example, where a pre-existing village was rebuilt with circular-shaped outer defences encompassing an inner circular-shaped street, the focus of which is a church built on the site of an earlier chateau (illus.

110 What makes this interplay of ‘city’ and ‘cosmos’ especially significant is the way that it took shape throughout the Middle Ages in the imagery of both city and cosmos. A Christian, cosmological symbolism of circle and square was plain, therefore, to all who used these geometrical forms to picture the world’s physical shape. The tools from which God had made it – the compass and square – were likewise those that were used to create the forms of both the heavenly and earthly city, themselves a 39 9 Life of St Offar, late fourteenth century.

The same sacred geometries were also being used in contemporary accounts of the world’s creation in recounting cosmogony, and again they forged a symbolic link between city and cosmos in the medieval imagination. 35 C it y and C osmos cosmogony and the city imagined In various iconic images, then, the medieval city was represented in ways that tied together city and cosmos. Their shared geometric forms in this imagery point to this conclusion. But while images may show the same forms, this alone might be doubted as evidence of a shared symbolism.

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