Paul Binski’s Gothic Wonder: Art, Artifice, and the Decorated Style (1290–1350) is meant to do more than contribute to an understudied chapter of the history of English Gothic architecture. Binski does, of course, hope his book will do that for the so-called Decorated Style, but, more importantly, he invites us to a fresh experience. Indeed, his goal is to liberate the architecture of the period from the constrictive theories of the last two centuries.
Dr. Jason Baxter is assistant professor of humanities and art history at Wyoming Catholic College. His research focuses on the platonic influence on Dante’s Divine Comedy, the twelfth-century Gothic worldview, and the medieval roots of Renaissance humanism.