medieval-religion: Scholarly discussions of medieval religion and culture

On Wednesday, April 12, 2006, at 12:34 pm, christopher crockett wrote:

> the building stone for the cathedral of Chartres came from the 
> village of
> Bercheres, en plien Beauce, about 10+km from the city.
> it is not clear to me whether the stone would have been hauled 
> overland, over
> the wretched roads, up the slight incline of the plain; or carried 
> to the Eure
> just a few hundred meters away and floated down the river to the 
> _basse ville_
> of the city.
> the latter would have been easier overall, except for the last 
> bit, when the
> stones would have had to have been carried from the valley floor 
> up the fairly
> steep hill to the building site.

Or winched up to a receiving site above?

John Dillon

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