- June 20, 2020
The Rebirth of Architecture
TheRebirth of Architecture
TheRebirth of Architecture
Whoeverthinks dreams cannot be achieved must be living on a differentplanet. Dreams are an embodiment of distinctiveness and resilience.Not definite or ingrained in religion, lineage, or some kind ofshared history, the concept is defined and modeled by mutual values.Achieving success requires a set of principles and values that areingrained in self-actualization, self-reliance, and individualism,where individuals can believe in hard work and perseverance, beself-reliant, and fulfill their respective destinies. These were themotivational factors shaping the life of the young man Christophe.Born in a peasant family, Christophe lost his parents at a tender ageof 16. Though it was suggested they died from certain ailments, itwas not the case. His elder brother believed their Norman bosseskilled them. They lived in a small village comprising roughly 25families who were all slaves to different Normans within the county.Perhaps, since he was born in a family of slaves, Christophe’sdestiny seemed to be already decided. This was not the case.Christophe had a different mindset. He did not believe in slavery letalone his own description as a slave.
Afterthe death of his parents, Christophe was sold to a different town towork as a slave to a wealthy merchant. His brother offered himself tothe church that provided shelter. Due to his industrious nature,Christophe quickly gained favor in the eyes of the employer. His risethrough the ranks was swift, and soon he was the head of the otherslaves. However, all through the steps, he retained his humility andwould perform tasks just like any other slave. His character wasmolded in church since his parents were staunch believers. They gavetithes as required by their faith and worked extra hours in church toshow their commitment. His Christian background molded his character.It was in the church where he learned to be humble, hard-working, andprayerful. He carried these aspects to his master’s home.Christophe was the only slave allowed to interact with the master’skids. He used this to his advantage and learned how to read andwrite. Education was only restricted to the rich. Though in the year1079, Pope Gregory VII had declared that the church would constructcathedral schools, not many peasant families benefitted from thesame. As such, Christophe befriended the master’s kids who in turntutored him. The kids would realize how talented Christophe was inart. It was a natural ability that was not taught. To him, art was away of expressing individual experience, and one did not requiretutoring.
Accordingto culture, slaves were only allowed to stay for five years in oneplace. After completion of this period, they would be sold todifferent Normans. Only the king could retain his slaves. Due to thegood relations with the master, Christophe was sold to King Eliot.Again, he quickly gained favor due to his industrious attitude. Thelittle education he gained through the kids also worked to hisadvantage as he was able to communicate with ease. In one instance,Christophe overheard the king planning to construct a watchtowertogether with a tall wall to protect the kingdom from enemies. Histerritorial boundaries were in danger of attacks from neighboringrealms. However, the King was unimpressed by the architecturaldesigns provided. He would fire and hire new architectures to designa watchtower that was unique.
Itwas at this juncture that Christophe decided to showcase hisabilities. At the palace, he had a good relation with the prince.Using some of the prince’s tools, he designed a unique watchtowersurrounded by walls that had distinctive shapes. He was givenaudience via the prince’s wishes and it bore fruit. He wasimmediately elevated from slavery and tasked with designingbuildings. This is how the mosaics and frescoes architectural stylewere born. From a mere slave to one of the most astoundingarchitectures, Christophe’s works were influential during themedieval period. He assisted the king in protecting the monarch aswell as extend the territories. He also designed churches thatstrived to propel religion in the area.
Someof the architectural designs include the Church in Rottingdean, EastSussex that is made of stones, and the Amiems Cathedral in Franceamong others. Though he believed art was unique and one did not haveto be taught, Christophe started an art institution that targeted thepeasant families. In the end, he turned to be a revelation to manypeople, especially the peasant families who did not believe thatdreams could come true.
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