Toledo Cathedral: Building Histories In Medieval Castile

Penn State University Press

Toledo Cathedral: Building Histories In Medieval Castile

  • Publish Date: 2017-10-09
  • Binding: Paperback
  • Author: Tom Nickson
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Medieval Toledo is famous as a center of Arabic learning and as a home to sizable Jewish, Muslim, and Christian communities. Yet its cathedralone of the largest, richest, and best preserved in all of Europeis little known outside Spain. In Toledo Cathedral, Tom Nickson provides the first in-depth analysis of the cathedrals art and architecture.

Focusing on the early thirteenth to the late fourteenth centuries, he examines over two hundred years of change and consolidation, tracing the growth of the cathedral in the city as well as the evolution of sacred places within the cathedral itself. He goes on to consider this substantial monument in terms of its location in Toledo, Spains most cosmopolitan city in the medieval period. Nickson also addresses the importance and symbolic significance of Toledos cathedral to the city and the art and architecture of the medieval Iberian Peninsula, showing how it fits in with broader narratives of change in the arts, culture, and ideology of the late medieval period in Spain and in Mediterranean Europe as a whole.

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