This is a handy, quick reference guide to Western architecture from Antiquity up to the present time. The book is arranged chronologically, covering all the main time periods, movements and well-known architects. There are timelines before each section as well as brief introductions to what was happening politically, socially etc. at the time, as well as in-depth looks at famous architects. The text is accessible and authoritative. The layout is easy to follow and well laid out. In short, this is the ideal student's guide to the history of Western architecture.