Courville
(Marne, France)
Saint-Julien
Surveyed: 1977, 1980-83, 2014
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.
The apse with buttresses and simple windows to 5 or 6 courses was possibly built before the nave; the interior shafts were added along with the vaults; chapel on the south intended but not built above possible joint at s-s sill;
Nave arcade with aisles; the eastern bays of the aisles were omitted; there were many campaigns; the narthex was built with the nave, though the axis was offset;
The nave clerestory in a number of campaigns; the wall arches are lower on the north than on the south and in the upper narthex there is a junction just under the barrel vault where the pilasters change;
Transepts and north chapel added on to earlier apse over six campaigns;
Interior shafts to the apse were added with the vaults;
Upper walls of transepts with tracery


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