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328 Pages | Comprehensively illustrated with 100+ colour photographs

5.4x8.4 inches

ISBN: 9781787383050

Bookseller Code (1A)

Stealing from the Saracens

How Islamic Architecture Shaped Europe

Diana Darke

A Hurst Publication

  • A revealing history of Islamic architecture's influence on Europe's cathedrals, palaces and public buildings.
  • Comprehensively illustrated (16pp colour plate section).
  • While the legacy of Islam is in danger of being airbrushed out of Western history, its traces can still be detected in some of Europe's most recognizable monuments, from Notre-Dame to St Paul's Cathedral
  • Includes a unique chapter of illustrations of iconic European buildings, marked up to show exactly which elements originated in the Middle East.
  • It is the first time anyone has attempted this kind of "big-picture" architectural study of medieval European Gothic architecture and its 19th c revival, tracing its origins back to the Middle East.
  • Christopher Wren's theory that "the Gothic style should rightly be called the Saracenic style" is carefully analysed from the start, then interwoven into the subsequent chapters and the conclusion.