Fifth in a projected eleven volume history of English art --and first to be published. An excellent indication of what the history will be, in its presentation of the arts against a background of history. Here- in the English Gothic period- the author has taken advantage of the vast scope of her scene and period. She discusses secular as well as ecclestical art, decoration and architecture, dwelling houses, colleges (much that we know as Oxford and Cambridge today was built in this period). The Gothic artists brought a new humanism into English architecture, which became the framework for other decorative arts. An emphatically English character was shown in these decorative aspects rather than in the purely architectural phases. Superb bookmaking- line drawings-plates- attractive typography. Good reading in the story of the central period of English medieval art, thoroughly documented, scholarly, but written with a lively sense of human appeal.