The Architectural Imagination in the Early Medieval Period

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Dr Hannah Bailey and Dr Daniel Thomas, both lecturers in Old and Middle English literature, will touch on the importance of architecture and architectural representation as sources of evidence for the medieval cultural, literary, social, and religious imagination. They will then look in more detail at examples of the significance of architectural imagery in some of the earliest surviving English poetry.

This is part of a six-part series of talks on the important role that architecture – both physical and representational – played in the imaginative, artistic, and theological life of early medieval England.

Talks will range from the layout and construction of actual early medieval buildings to the symbolic use of architecture in literary texts in order to demonstrate the pervasive importance of architecture in early medieval thought. 

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