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By Keith D. Lilley

urban and Cosmos is an exploration of what ‘the urban' represented within the medieval mind's eye. Keith D. Lilley exhibits that, to the medieval brain, town was once now not purely a ‘collection of houses’, it used to be an concept wealthy in Christian symbolism and cosmological meaning.
Drawing upon unique bills, illustrations and maps from throughout medieval Europe, and on technology, faith, artwork, literature, drama and structure of the Latin West, urban and Cosmos bargains an leading edge interpretation of the way medieval Christians observed their city worlds. Linking jointly textual and visible proof, it examines how the town used to be understood concurrently as a ‘body’ writ huge and as a scaled-down model of the cosmos, every one sharing universal spatial varieties and sensible ordering.
Crossing conventional topic limitations, urban and Cosmos will entice quite a lot of medievalists operating in heritage, archaeology, philology, philosophy and theology. it is going to additionally support scholars of structure, city making plans, paintings heritage and human geography to re-examine the cloth and imagined sorts of eu cities and towns. the assumption it propounds – that towns have deep which means within the human mind's eye – also will provide the ebook extensive entice these attracted to urbanism and concrete life.

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