The Diagonal style is a phase of Gothic architecture.  The style appears to have been characterized by a predominance of random, slanted lines in various angles and lengths. The Thirteenth Century additions to the Cathedral of Saint Gorboduc included a number of "cross-purposed groining, crockets, finials, and imitation cane rood screens" that were thought to be of this style (Saint Fidgeta and Other Parodies; 34).


In English Gothic architecture there is a style and period known as perpendicular, so named for its emphasis on vertical lines[1].  Bellairs spoofs this with a style more chaotic and susceptible to internal conflicts - something that easily describes the jumbled assembly of Saint Gorboduc's.

Cross purpose: A contrary or conflicting purpose or understanding, especially an unintentional or misconceived one[2].

See also


  1. Wikipedia: Perpendicular Gothic
  2. Wiktionary: cross-purpose

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