Antonio Gramsci by Diego Fusaro

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Decorated: Exeter Cathedral (1112–1206) has an elaborate Decorated facadeand fantastic nave vaulting. Salisbury Cathedral 28 C H A P T E R 2 . A T R AV E L E R ’ S G U I D E TO A RT & A R C H I T E C T U R E • Perpendicular: King’s College Chapel (1446–1515) at Cambridge has England’s most magnificent fan vaulting, along with some fine stained glass. Henry VII’s Chapel (1503–19) in London’s Westminster Abbey is textbook perpendicular. • All styles: The facade, nave, and chapter house of York Minster (1220–1480), which preserves the most medieval stained glass in Britain, are decorated, though the chancel is perpendicular, and the transepts survive from early English.

Home of the cashmere sweater and the tweed suit, the Borders proved a rich mine for the fiction of Sir Walter Scott. Highlights are Kelso, which Scott found “the most beautiful,” and Melrose, site of the ruined Melrose Abbey and Scott’s former home of Abbotsford. Ancient monuments include Dryburg Abbey, Scott’s burial place. At Floors Castle, outside Kelso, you can see one of the great mansions designed by William Adam. Southwestern Scotland is known as the Galloway region. It incorporates much of the former stomping ground of Robert Burns and includes centers like Dumfries, Castle Douglas, and Moffat.

Master James of Saint George designed this gritty, dark stone fortress in the Norman style (built after the introduction of the Gothic) for King Edward I. GOTHIC (1150–1550) The French Gothic style invaded England in the late 12th century, trading rounded arches for pointy ones—an engineering discovery that freed church architecture from the heavy, thick walls of Norman structures and allowed ceilings to soar, walls to thin, and windows to proliferate. Instead of dark, somber, relatively unadorned Norman interiors that forced the eyes of the faithful toward the altar, where the priest stood droning on in Latin, the Gothic interior enticed the churchgoers’ gaze upward to high ceilings filled with light.

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