In the southern Italian city of Lucera, the former medieval Muslim settlement turned re-Christianized city in Apulia's fertile Tavoliere plain, a small road just north of the city's impressive early fourteenth-century cathedral is dedicated to an individual integral to the city's late medieval history (Figures 1 and 2).1 That person, a Frenchman named Pierre d'Angicourt, the “prothomagister et provisor operum curie” (headmaster and supervisor of the court's works) under the Angevin king of Naples Charles I (1266–85) and still active at royal construction sites under the successor king Charles II (1285–1309), is identified by a street sign as the cathedral's “architect,” a title bestowed on...
Pierre d'Angicourt and Angevin Construction
Alexander Harper (PhD, University of Toronto) specializes in architecture and urbanism in late medieval southern Italy. He is currently at work on a book manuscript that examines the architectural and urban histories of new city projects and planned communities in Abruzzo and Apulia initiated by the Angevin kings of Naples.
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Alexander Harper; Pierre d'Angicourt and Angevin Construction. Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians 1 June 2016; 75 (2): 140–157. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/jsah.2016.75.2.140
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