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The ‘Perpendicular' Period (1350-1400)

This style of Gothic architecture in England is referred to as ‘Perpendicular' because of its stark, rigid exteriorlines. There are elements of an Egyptian influence due to the frequent visits many English merchants, artists, and pilgrims were making to the east. New vaulting techniques came into use that were more decorative in nature; some of these were the net vault of Gloucester Cathedral pictured below. The Perpendicular stage in Gothic became the standard for cathedral building for nearly two hundred years, or until the Reformation.

The strong lines and metric feeling of the late fourteenth century is due to the strong English monarchy of the time. Edward II was head of a unified, wealthy and successful nation and these cathedrals represented this in their proportions. His tomb is situated in the ambulatory of Gloucester Cathedral, seen below, one of Britain's three largest cathedrals. This magnificent tomb is a frequent site of pilgrimage.


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