Cathedral: The Story of Its Construction Short Essay - Answer Key

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1. Who is in charge of Chutreaux? How do they deal with the hiring of the architect for this new cathedral?

The church in Chutreaux is led by the Bishop, but the funds are controlled by a group of clergymen known as the chapter. The chapter hires a Flemish architect named William of Planz. William has much experience working on other cathedrals in France, England, and Germany.

2. Who is William in charge of hiring?

William is responsible for hiring the master craftsmen who work under him. William hires several master craftsmen, including: the master quarryman, the master stone cutter, the master sculptor, the master mortar maker, the master mason, the master carpenter, the master blacksmith, the master roofer, and the master glass maker.

3. What is the job of each master craftsman?

Each master craftsman establishes a workshop for their respective trade and takes on sufficient apprentices and assistants to perform the work. Most of these skilled workers are drawn from the citizenry of Chutreaux. Besides craftsmen, many simple laborers perform heavy manual labor, and many of these individuals are drawn from the surrounding countryside.

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