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medieval-religion: Scholarly discussions of medieval religion and culture

Are you looking only at church towers or at the towers of noble families,
like those in San Gemignano?  The latter open the discussion into the
history of Italian towns & cities in the communal period.  For example, I
just was looking through my newly purchased copy of Kessler & Zacharias,
Rome 1300, which has pictures of Rome's surviving towers, including those
of the Capocci family
Tom Izbicki

At 04:20 PM 4/13/2001 +0100, you wrote:
>Very many thanks for all the leads.  You may be interested to know that as
>a result of following them up I am now chasing the following reasons for
>having towers on, at or near Christian buildings:
>symbolical, liturgical, artistic, pride, and function esp. in relation to
>fortification, illumination, bells, refuge, watch-towers, landmarks,
>buttresses, emblems of power, judicial use and as naves.
>My particular thanks to those whose suggestions led to unexpected primary
>sources such  as the 5thc Werden Casket in the V&A.
>John Hall

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