Flamboyant

Flamboyant

(Fr. fambeau=a torch), "a term applied by the antiquaries of France to the style of architecture which was contemporary is that country with the Perpendicular of England, from the flame like wavings of its tracery. It ought perhaps to be regarded as a vitiated Decorated rather than a distinct style, though some of its characteristics are peculiar, and it seldom possesses the purity or boldness of earlier ages; is. rich works the intricacy and redundancy of the ornaments are sometimes truly surprising. One of the most striking and universal features is the waving arrangement of the tracery of the windows, panels, etc."

 
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