Public Buildings in Early Modern Europe

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Public buildings preserve a unique record of the cultural transformations early modern Europe and the emergence of the 'public sphere'. This paper explores the historiography of medieval and early modern public buildings, with reference to Habermas' concept of the 'public sphere', seminal architectural texts such as Pevsner's History of Building Types and more recent work on English town halls (Tittler) and the European context (Ottenheym et. al). The case study of Shakespeare's Stratford-upon-Avon's Guildhall is used as a particularly compelling illustration of the potential of these buildings fir further study.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Routledge Handbook of Material Culture in Early Modern Europe
EditorsCatherine Richardson, Tara Hamling, David Gaimster
Number of pages114
ISBN (Electronic)9781315613161
ISBN (Print)9781409462699
Publication statusPublished - 13 Sept 2016

Publication series

NameRoutledge History Handbooks


  • Public buildings
  • Early Modern

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