Whilst the tribes of northern Europe were viewed as barbarian invaders by the south and their culture as something foreign, nevertheless their Gothic art and architecture produced a tradition on a monumental scale which lasted for centuries throughout several countries.
Hugh Ellwood studied philosophy in Rome, followed by a degree in architecture at the University of Manchester. Previously he was an architect partner with Building Design Partnership, the largest multi-discipline design organisation in the UK, and was for some years an external examiner in architecture at the University of Manchester. For several years he was a visiting lecturer in the history of art and architecture at the University of Central Lancashire. A watercolourist, he has also lectured extensively to various societies and organisations, including cruises, on art and architecture.