Reading the Reverse Façade of Reims Cathedral: Royalty and Ritual in 13th-century France
This title bestows attention on the sculptural programme of the reverse facade at Reims Cathedral, the coronation cathedral of French kings. Sadler reveals how the imagery on the reverse facade articulates a dominant ideological position regarding the interdependence of ecclesiastical and royal powers."
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