Châteaux of the Loire (Taschen & Evergreen, 1997) by Michel Melot is a fantastic presentation of the most beautiful châteaux of the Loire and their architecture high points.
The châteaux of the Loire, that today act as a magnet for thousands of tourists, bear witness to a magnificent past. They are, however, not only monuments in stone to the drive of kings to demonstrate their prestige in architectural form, they also reflect the development of France in the 15th and 16th centuries on the road to absolute monarchy. This volume throws new light on the châteaux. It dos not concentrate on the chateau as an individual monument, but on the châteaux in an historical and social context, their political and social symbolic function. Their location, structure and design provide us with insights into the deeper relationships between their architecture and the needs – in a period of upheaval – of those who ordered them to be built. The essays and the abundance of illustrative material, including plans and elevations drawings, offer both the readers of this book and visitors to the châteaux a glimpse behind the façade of a chequered period in the history of France.
– Michel Melot, Châteaux of the Loire (Taschen & Evergreen, 1997), book description
The text is in English. The book is lavishly illustrated with photographs; there are also some small, explanatory architectural drawings.
Our copy in stock is in good condition. The binding is fine; the pages are clean. The dust jacket is in great shape.