UNIVERSITY OF WARWICK
Summer Examinations: 2000/2001
SPECIAL STUDIES IN HISTORIC ARCHITECTURE: ENGLISH ARCHITECTURE c. 1440-1547
Time allowed: 3 hours.
Candidates must answer THREE questions.
Read carefully the instructions on the answer book and make sure that the particulars required are entered on each answer book.
1. How regionally specific was the Perpendicular architecture of the Costwolds?
2. Was the Royal Works department the prime means through which architectural style was disseminated in the period?
3. Is fan-vaulting the finest achievement of Gothic engineering?
4. How far did technological innovation temper art in the military architecture of the period?
5. How far did Cardinal Wolsey's architectural patronage depart from that of previous English prelates?
6. 'Fine building was an ornament to the commonwealth and an exemplar of the builder's virtue' (from N.Cooper, Houses of the Gentry). Discuss.
7. Did Henry VIII's reign witness any changes in the status of the 'architect'?
8. Was English ecclesiastical architecture in decline in the decades before the Reformation?
9. What happened to the architectural fabric of dissolved monasteries?
10. Is the study of the pioneering Perpendicular works at Gloucester Cathedral largely irrelevant for our understanding of Tudor Gothic?