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Building in England down to 1540: A documentary history [Hardcover]

L. F Salzman


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This standard work on building in England has now been reissued. It provides an account, firmly grounded in contemporary documentary evidence, of architecture and its practice until the mid 16th century. It examines the organization and economics of the building trade, its raw materials and their sources, the tools and techniques of the many and diverse workers involved, and the decoration of the finished structures. Original documents, including building and craftsmen's contracts, are reprinted in the appendices, making this a valuable source for anyone interested in medieval architecture. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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5.0 out of 5 stars If you have ever been interested in how something was built in the middle ages, this is your book 2 Nov 2008
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I have never quite seen a book like this, I know they are out there, I just never had the opportunity to read one. This book is more along the lines of a research project that has been published. The author reviewed more than 1000 pieces of historical documentation and illumination to create this book. "Building in England down to 1540" talks about exactly how buildings were built, from the job of the master builder to the wages the stone masons got paid.

If you ever asked "How did they build that?", then this really is the book for you.
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