Illustrated Dictionary of British Churches - Apse Definition

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Apse

The polygonal or semi-circular end of a church, usually roofed with a vaulted ceiling or a dome. In ancient Rome the basilica had an apse at both ends and this style became the norm in early Christian churches. Medieval churches, particularly on the European continent, had one or more apses at the eastern end of the church. These were generally rounded in Eurpe, but a square termination was more common in Britain.




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This king of Mercia built an immense earthwork stretching the length of the current Welsh border



01 December, 1135

Henry I dies after eating lampreys against doctor's orders

Henry's nephew Stephen rushes to England and is proclaimed king, even though Henry had named his daughter Matilda as his heir

This king was the first Plantagent to be buried in England



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