Auteur: Richard Morris
The building church 600 - 1540
The building church, 600-1540 More people now file through the nave of Canterbury Cathedral every year than were alive in all the land when the nave was built in the fourteenth century. Many are surprised to discover that cathedrals are still in constant use for worship. Yet circumstances are not so different from the Middle Ages, when pilgrims flocked to visit the shrines of the saints, chattered during the offices and jostled with each other to touch the holy relics. Then, as today, the Church authorities were usually short of money for new building or repairs: a great church is, and always has been, an economic phenomenon as well as an affirmation of faith.
In this authoritative and highly readable book, richly illustrated throughout, Richard Morris brings to life the history of the great cathedrals and monastic es churches of England and Wal, from the age of missionaries in the seventh century to the Reformation in the sixteenth.
Believing that it is essential to look at our great churches as a unity, he weaves together various strands of inquiry —from the archaeologist, engineer, art-historian and liturgist — and incorporates some of the very latest research into the origins and growth of the Church's most outstanding buildings. The result is a unique study which explores the ways the churches were used at different stages in their history, the motives of their medieval patrons, and the work of the men who built them —the masons, carpenters, glaziers, sculptors and other artists and craftsmen.
A comprehensive gazetteer, giving a ground plan, brief history and further references for all the thirty-three cathedrals and forty-two greater churches considered here, and a useful glossary of terms complete a book which will have something to delight everyone from the casual tourist to the serious student of Church history.
Illustrated with 8 pages of colour plates, over 150 black and white photographs and 86 ground plans and drawings