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Architecture affects us on a number of levels. It can control our movements, change our experience of our own scale, create a particular sense of place, focus memory, and act as a statement of power and taste, to name but a few. But the ways in which these effects are brought about is something which we are only beginning to understand. The aim of this book is to begin to address that gap, to start a debate about the ways in which architecture is written about with a view to raising levels of intellectual engagement with the issues in terms of the theory and practice of architectural history. Taking as their point of departure the ways in which architecture has been, is, and can beinterpreted, the editors' substantial Introduction provides an historiographical framework for, and draw out the themes and ideas presented in, individual contributors' essays. There is a particular focus on the sense of the medieval disapora, the ways in which craftsmen, men and materials travelled around. Contributors: Christine Stevenson, T. A. Heslop, John Mitchell, Malcolm Thurlby, Richard Fawcett, Jill A. Franklin, Stephen Heywood, RogerStalley, Veronica Sekules, John Onians, Frank Woodman, Paul Crossley, David Hemsoll, Kerry Downes, Richard Plant, Jenifer Ní Ghrádraigh, Lindy Grant, Elisabeth de Bièvre, Stefan Muthesius, Robert Hillenbrand, Andrew M. Shanken, Peter Guillery