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KS3 English - Gothic Horror: Origins

Find information about Gothic Horror for your Year 8 English topic, compiled by your Librarians.

The Origins and the History of Gothic

Explore this page to find lots of information about the origins and history of Gothic. 

  • Watch Mrs Makselon's slide shows in the right hand column to find out about:

               The Origins of Gothic

               Gothic Art and Architecture

               The Gothic Revival

  • Click on the weblinks in this column to find more information.
  • If you have some spare time (about 45 minutes), watch this interesting video from the History Channel which explains the history of the Goths.

Definition of Gothic

Dictionary meaning of Gothic[goth-ik]:

1a. Of or relating to the Goths or their language.

1b. Germanic; Teutonic.

2. Of or relating to the Middle Ages; medieval.

3a. Of or relating to an architectural style prevalent in western Europe from the 12th through the 15th century and characterized by pointed arches, rib vaulting, and a developing emphasis on verticality and the impression of height.

3b. Of or relating to an architectural style derived from medieval Gothic.

4. Of or relating to painting, sculpture, or other art forms prevalent in northern Europe from the 12th through the 15th century.

5. Of or relating to a style of fiction that emphasizes the grotesque, mysterious, and desolate.

6. Barbarous; crude


Useful websites to find out more...

* The Gargoyle's Bride *

The Origins of Gothic

Watch this slide show to find out about the origins of the Gothic genre.

Gothic Art and Architecture

A slideshow about Gothic art and architecture.

Gothic Revival

Find out about the Gothic Revival.