Lindy Grant extends her investigation beyond the buildings themselves and also offers an account of those who commissioned, built, and used them. The humanized story she tells provides sharp insights not only into Normandy’s medieval architecture, but also into the fascinating society from which it emerged.
“Grant has assembled a remarkable wealth of material, proposed a number of important re-datings of important monuments, and set out a web of connections and interrelations that are deeply interesting—all set into a richly textured account in which patrons played an active role.”—Caroline Bruzelius, author of The Stones of Naples: Church Building in the Angevin Kingdom
“This distinguished book provides a new way of understanding an important period. Nothing remotely similar in range or quality can be found on the subject in English or any other language.”—Peter Fergusson, Wellesley College~Peter Fergusson