Gothic Architecture : Architecture And Architecture

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To the modern day reader, the term “Gothic” can often be confused with a certain genre of style involving men and women who wear baggy clothes, black eyeliner and lip-stick and spike their hair and has very little to do with the architecture that was predominantly used from the twelfth to the sixteenth century. In fact the term “Gothic” was coined by Renaissance Italians as a derogatory term referring to the Goths or Visigoths who were vanquished by Clovis in the sixth century and left no monumental trace of their invasion and therefore had no influence on what is now remembered as Gothic architecture. Despite the negative connotation behind this style of architecture, it has had an enormous impact on the history of architecture.
Prior to Romanesque and Gothic architecture, living accommodations were significantly simpler. Structures were not able to support anything but wood roofs, which leaked, rotted and burned easily. Rooms were often dark because structures were also not able to support large windows and as a result, very little light was able to enter into buildings. Romanesque was the beginning of change, when wood roofs were replaced by stone and brick however, Romanesque architecture was often unstable and was known to collapse upon builders as they worked.
There is some debate as to where Gothic architecture originated from, although the vast majority agree that the Gothic style began began in France. There is, however a distinctly English Gothic, German…
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