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MARK GIROUARD, Elizabethan Architecture: Its Rise and Fall, 1540–1640 , Yale University Press (Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art), 2009, ISBN-13: 978-0300093865, £45.00

MARK GIROUARD, Elizabethan Architecture: Its Rise and Fall, 1540–1640 , Yale University Press... Reviews MARK GIROUARD, Elizabethan Architecture: Its Rise and Fall, 1540–1640, Yale University Press (Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art), 2009, ISBN-13: 978-0300093865, £45.00 In the fifty and more years of his career, Mark Girouard has been the most humane of architectural historians, always recognizing that the formal analysis of both buildings and cities, at which he is so acute, must be grounded in the recognition that architecture is the most social of the fine arts. One cannot make any meaningful sense of architectural forms without understanding something of both the wider societies in which they arise, and the individuals who commission, design, construct and inhabit the built environment. This is explicit in two of his books; Life in the English Country House and Cities and People, which share a common subtitle – A Social and Architectural History – but is implicit in most of his writings, including the present book. More than 600 luscious colour photographs reveal, as well as the quality, the sheer quantity of surviving architecture of the period, ranging from the well-known prodigy houses down to modest lodges and almshouses. The majority are domestic buildings in the country but townhouses, churches and educational http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Architectural Heritage Edinburgh University Press

MARK GIROUARD, Elizabethan Architecture: Its Rise and Fall, 1540–1640 , Yale University Press (Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art), 2009, ISBN-13: 978-0300093865, £45.00

Architectural Heritage , Volume 21 (1): 109 – Nov 1, 2010

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Edinburgh University Press
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© The Architectural Heritage Society of Scotland, 2011
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Reviews; Historical Studies
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1350-7524
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Reviews MARK GIROUARD, Elizabethan Architecture: Its Rise and Fall, 1540–1640, Yale University Press (Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art), 2009, ISBN-13: 978-0300093865, £45.00 In the fifty and more years of his career, Mark Girouard has been the most humane of architectural historians, always recognizing that the formal analysis of both buildings and cities, at which he is so acute, must be grounded in the recognition that architecture is the most social of the fine arts. One cannot make any meaningful sense of architectural forms without understanding something of both the wider societies in which they arise, and the individuals who commission, design, construct and inhabit the built environment. This is explicit in two of his books; Life in the English Country House and Cities and People, which share a common subtitle – A Social and Architectural History – but is implicit in most of his writings, including the present book. More than 600 luscious colour photographs reveal, as well as the quality, the sheer quantity of surviving architecture of the period, ranging from the well-known prodigy houses down to modest lodges and almshouses. The majority are domestic buildings in the country but townhouses, churches and educational

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Architectural HeritageEdinburgh University Press

Published: Nov 1, 2010

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