Châteaudun
(Eure-et-Loir, France)
Sainte-Madeleine
Surveyed: 1980-83, 1992-98, 2015
This is an experimental section where John James is attempting to identify the carvers though the use of common templates and/or a recognisable manners of carving. Such a large-scale analysis of all the capitals in these buildings has not been attempted before. As an ongoing enterprise that is still in its infancy, we seek your input. John believes this has the potential to increase our understanding of how they worked and to provide a more solid basis for dating than we have had.
East with chapels and ambulatory, now under floor
Nave dado south bays 3-7 (parts of bay 2); while none of the courses of the limestone walls bond in with the berchere of the shafts cant tell if the S-s door is with the dado, but the windows above are continuous, so guess the portal jambs are too.
South portal archivaults
Nave south aisle caps and windows, east aisle S-s, tower base
Dado on west and north walls of the north nave; pier bases were set out in a number of campaigns within earlier walls; five different templates in the north; south 6-7 pier bases like some in the north; S4 is rectangular over base for 8 corner shafts, and S7 the shafts are smaller than the sizes intended in the plinth and has doubled shaft bases as in the north.
Aisle pier capitals and start of vaults; distortions in the arcade arches and variations in vault profiles indicate many changes of design.
Aisle window capitals and arches
South nave aisle S5
Crypt ambulatory, no caps but large windows that look like Chartres crypt
North nave triforium and clerestory
S3 pilier cantonne; S2 later.
South nave triforium and clerestory


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