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To the extent that I have knowledge of this, my understanding is that the bishop's throne would have been placed in the architectural choir, perhaps raised upon the dais that the high altar sits on, to the south of the "throughline" on which the high altar sits. Sort of inline with the southside choir stalls.  But I don't know why I think this, and when I went to find something to cite for this claim, I came up with nothing.

Another architectural question.  A number of gothic cathedrals had attached architectural cloisters (with gardens, etc.; I'm not talking about claustral residential spaces for canons, also called cloisters). Do we know of Romanesque cathedrals had these? Was this a practice before the mid 12th century?

cecilia

On Mon, Jan 15, 2018 at 9:11 PM, Erik Gustafson <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
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My first thought for France was Dorothy Gillerman's work on the cloture of Notre Dame in Paris.  There has been a good bit of work on European choirs in recent years, but I don't have my library at hand to find the most pertinent references.  Quickly, there is a 2015 edited volume entitled Choir Stalls in Architecture and Architecture in Choir Stalls (Cambridge Scholars Press) that has essays across Europe.  Sabine Frommel and Laurent Lecomte also edited a volume entitled La place du choeur (Picard, 2012) with a variety of good articles covering Europe.  These all relate to choirs at large, which should therefore also include the bishop's throne.

I think that bishop's thrones are consistently placed at the end of the choir closest to the altar across Europe in the 13th and 14th centuries.  I await correction from those better informed than myself!

erik gustafson



On Mon, Jan 15, 2018 at 12:16 PM, Cecilia Gaposchkin <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
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Friends and learned ones -
Does anyone know what we know, and what we can know, about the placement of the bishop's throne in FRENCH 13th century choirs?  I've been reading Tracy on English Episcopal Thrones - very interesting - but the architectural and liturgical framework will be different in France. Anybody know?

cecilia
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