By Robert W. Berger
A Royal ardour is the 1st in-depth examine of the sunlight King as a customer of structure. Surveying such monuments because the Louvre, Versailles, the Invalides, and different constructions which are heavily pointed out with Louis XIV, Robert W. Berger demonstrates why those constructions, gardens, city areas, and their have been so very important to him. Serving as practical prerequisites, gadgets of aesthetic pride, and as political statements, his architectural agencies jointly underscored his absolutist authority. furthermore, through adopting the guise of 'builder-prince', Louis XIV reasserted his kinship with the Roman emperors, whose grandeur he sought either to emulate and to surpass.
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The respite for the hard-pressed garrison had been only temporary. The enemy had not gone away but continued with their efforts to take the whole castle, successfully in this case. Only from the battlements could the defenders fight back. Nevertheless, in the late-12th or early-13th century a second stone tower was erected on the foundations of the first at Brough, set on a raft of timbers, which survives to this day. Clearly it was felt that these donjons were still worth erecting. After a blooding while attempting to seize the motte and bailey at Wark, the Scots moved on to Prudhoe.
This allowed all round vison from the battlements, with no blind spots caused by angles, and provided no angles for a sapper's pickaxe to prize out stones. At Framlingham the merlons were provided with vertical arrow loops with splayed backs. Some crenels could be protected by a wooden shutter, which pivoted on an iron bar: one end fitted into a hole in the side of a merlon, the other end into a short curved slot in the opposite end. They were presumably held open by a wooden peg, or simply lifted to allow an arrow or bolt to be loosed off.
The siege of Rochester in 1215 is one of the great set-piece sieges of a donjon in Britain. King John had encountered problems concerning who should hold Castle Rising, Norfolk, was built by William deAlbini in the late-1130s, based on Norwich. The forebuilding has stately decoration. 45 The siege of Rochester, late-1215 46 the castle, namely the Archbishop of Canterbury or a constable. After John's agreement to and, soon afterwards, repudiation of Magna Carta in June 1215, Rochester was restored to Archbishop Stephen Langton, but in August letters patent transferred it to a friend of the king, Peter des Roches, Archbishop of Winchester.
A Royal Passion: Louis XIV as Patron of Architecture by Robert W. Berger