The Geometry of Beauvais Cathedral: The Thirteenth-Century Campaigns

  • This entire analysis builds on the work of Stephen Murray, who first clarified the relationship between the three main thirteenth-century campaigns at the cathedral, corresponding to the episcopates of Bishops Miles of Nanteuil, Robert de Cressonac, and Guillaume de Grez. Let us begin by considering the plan, as it began to be established around 1225 by builders working for Bishop Miles (phase a in Murray’s diagrams).* * Stephen Murray, Beauvais Cathedral: Architecture of Transcendence (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1991), fig. 22.