Comfort, Class and Climate Change: The Rise of Glass in Late Medieval and Early Modern Domestic Architecture

Daniel Juette

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    Abstract

    In the modern world, glass windows are considered an indispensable element of the built environment. Throughout premodern times, however, glass was not universally used in European architecture. This article argues that the rise of glass in Western architecture was neither an inevitable nor a linear process, but rather a response to certain social, cultural and environmental factors that gained increasing relevance from the late medieval period onwards. In other words, glass windows are a cultural convention, reflecting some of the wide-ranging and transformative challenges that Europeans faced in the late medieval and early modern period.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    JournalCultural and Social History
    DOIs
    StatePublished - Jan 1 2019

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    climate change
    cultural factors
    social factors
    environmental factors
    Late Medieval Period
    Domestic Architecture
    Climate Change
    Glass Windows
    time
    Premodern
    Built Environment
    Medieval Period
    Modernity
    Rise

    Keywords

    • architectural history
    • Early modern history
    • environmental history
    • material culture
    • urban history

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Cultural Studies
    • History
    • Sociology and Political Science

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