Architecture and Power in Early Central Europe
Architecture and Power in Early Central Europe
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Chapter 1: Displays of Power—Architecture as Sign and Symbol

Chapter 2: Choice of Architectural Forms

Chapter 3: The Code of Form and Shape

Chapter 4: Composition of Spatial Arrangements

Chapter 5: Appropriation and/or Influence

Chapter 6: Architecture as a Vehicle of Meanings

Chapter 7: Form vs. Function

Chapter 8: Interpreting Function

Chapter 9: Reading Architecture


Marta Marta Graczynska

Architecture and Power in Early Central Europe

The book presents the panorama of social, cultural, and religious changes in the states of the Piast, Premyslid, and Arpad dynasties. Major change occurred in the tenth century and again at the turn of the eleventh century. Given the scarcity of written sources, the author employs an analysis of architectural forms which she applies to buildings founded by dukes, kings, and nobles at this period.

Architecture serves as a reliable source of knowledge and can be successfully read as a text using comparative analysis, iconology, and semiotics. No piece of art appeared without an historical context: forms, functions, and styles are all documents created by its founders and creators. The conclusions of this research help us to understand the era that shaped the foundations of the Polish, Czech, and the Hungarian states.
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Marta Marta Graczynska

Marta Graczynska is an Art Historian at Wawel Royal Castle in Krakow, Poland, researching the forms and meanings of early medieval architecture in Central Europe.