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Book: The Archaeology and Architecture of Monasteries in Ireland, 1100-1600

Chapter: Chapter 5 Designing identities: architecture and sculpture

DOI: 10.1558/equinox.24182


Monastic orders in Ireland generally employed the pan-European claustral (cloister-based) plan. This chapter maps the variation in the execution of this plan-type and considers how orders consciously articulated their identity through such variation. The chapter also discusses how the patterns in the adoption of styles of Gothic architecture from c.1200 to the sixteenth century relate to ethnic identity.

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