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Romanesque Churches of France: A Traveller's Guide Paperback – April 1, 2005

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"'Peter Strafford's book should open people's eyes to one of the less-known treasures of France. He takes the reader to the ancient towns and villages where the best of these lovely churches are to be found, region by region; and he is a perceptive and knowledgeable guide who makes you want to visit each one of them.' Simon Jenkins, author of England's Thousand Best Churches (1999) 'A masterly and detailed account of Romanesque glories and their history: every section of it made me long to revisit that area of France with Peter Strafford's book in hand.' Sir Brian Young, Director-General, Independent Broadcasting Authority, 1970-82, and author of The Villein's Bible: Stories in Romanesque Carving (1990)"

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The Romanesque churches to be found in every corner of France are among the wonders of Europe. Built between 1000 and 1200, their architectural styles vary from region to region, as do their sizes. This period also saw a revival of sculpture, and many of the churches, such as Moissac and Chauvigny, are home to outstanding examples of the art. Romanesque Churches of France, which highlights a hundred churches in ten geographical sections of France—from Normandy and Burgundy in the north to Provence, Roussilon, and Languedoc in the south—will inspire the traveler to explore these beautiful regions as well as those less known, such as Auverne and the Pyrenees. This lavish companion will also be welcomed by anyone with a general interest in the history of France's architecture and sculpture. Peter Strafford, a distinguished journalist, wrote for the TIMES of London for over three decades.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 372 pages
  • Publisher: Giles de la Mare (April 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1900357240
  • ISBN-13: 978-1900357241
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 6 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #252,210 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Grifel on December 19, 2006
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I have many books about the ancient cathedrals and churches of Europe, but this is my favorite. The inventory of churches covered is extensive. The writing style is very engaging, and the information provided for each church is thorough without being too much. I particularly like the historical overview in the introductory section of the book. Although the photos are all black and white, they are clearly printed. This is THE book to take if you're planning to wander the French countryside.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By TW on March 19, 2009
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As an admirer of French romanesque art I found this book both insightful and illuminating. It identified some wonderful churches I hadn't come across before and provided very informative and opinionated commentary. Practical and very readable, I'd recommend it to anyone with an interest in this topic.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Willis Goodlett on October 2, 2011
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This is an excellent source about the most important and Romanesque churches of France. It would be a very good guide for anyone who wants to visits these places. If you are on a pilgrimage the information supplied will aide you in knowing about each site on your pathway to these ancient and venerable places. The background and history of each site is given in detail and the beautiful black and white photos will
help you. The abbeys are described as well as the venerable churches of that era. Truly an excellent to take with you on your visit.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Gail L. Goodrick on November 23, 2009
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If you have a special interest in medieval art and architecture and want to plan a trip around these sites, this is a good choice for planning ahead. Unfortunately all of the plates are black and white but you can still decide if the church is worthy of your time.
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