Labyrinths in medieval churches: An investigation of form and function
AuthorEvans, DeAnna Dare, 1958-
AdvisorWilliams, Jane Welch
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PublisherThe University of Arizona.
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AbstractThis thesis analyzed the designs of a select group of labyrinths set into the pavements of Gothic churches in northern France. The designs of these labyrinths and their possible meanings and functions were examined. Existing information on the labyrinths, including oral traditions associated with them were considered. A study of earlier medieval church labyrinths and illustrations of labyrinths in medieval manuscripts was made. In addition, medieval philosophy and history were considered. The various meanings and functions scholars have proposed for the labyrinths were critically reviewed. It was possible to draw some conclusions as to the labyrinths' original meanings and their functions and to trace the evolution of these meanings and functions during the Middle Ages.
Degree ProgramGraduate College