Qty:1
  • List Price: $34.95
  • Save: $9.41 (27%)
FREE Shipping on orders over $35.
In Stock.
Ships from and sold by Amazon.com.
Gift-wrap available.
FREE Shipping on orders over $35.
Used: Acceptable | Details
Sold by Ricehoppers13
Condition: Used: Acceptable
Comment: Published 1992, softcover, 304 pages. Some pages have highlighting/underlining/writing marks.
Access codes and supplements are not guaranteed with used items.
Have one to sell? Sell on Amazon
Flip to back Flip to front
Listen Playing... Paused   You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition.
Learn more
See this image

The Gothic Cathedral Paperback – April 17, 2005

ISBN-13: 978-0500276815 ISBN-10: 0500276811 Edition: 2nd Revised

Buy New
Price: $25.54
32 New from $16.57 64 Used from $4.75
Amazon Price New from Used from
Paperback
"Please retry"
$25.54
$16.57 $4.75
Year-End%20Deals%20in%20Books

Frequently Bought Together

The Gothic Cathedral + Early Medieval Architecture (Oxford History of Art)
Price for both: $46.67

Buy the selected items together
NO_CONTENT_IN_FEATURE

Best Books of the Year
Best Books of 2014
Looking for something great to read? Browse our editors' picks for 2014's Best Books of the Year in fiction, nonfiction, mysteries, children's books, and much more.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Thames & Hudson; 2nd Revised edition (April 17, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0500276811
  • ISBN-13: 978-0500276815
  • Product Dimensions: 0.7 x 0.1 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #94,796 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

Review

A skillful and fresh assessment that brings to the general reader the recent work of art researchers and critics. -- Booklist

Superb photographs and crisp line drawings with extensive captions that are often as illuminating as the text itself. -- Architectural Review

About the Author

Christopher Wilson is a lecturer in the History of Art at University College, London.

More About the Author

Discover books, learn about writers, read author blogs, and more.

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5 stars
Share your thoughts with other customers

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

162 of 163 people found the following review helpful By "abitt62" on February 3, 2000
Format: Paperback
How I ended up being the first to review this book is beyond me. I would've guessed that many a learned architectural scholar would've long since sung the praises of this wonderful book. I, however, am just a layman with a lifelong passion for Gothic cathedral architecture, which started in the Washington National Cathedral and became educated, at least partiallly, in this book.
I consider Wilson's "The Gothic Cathedral", a 'must own' for anyone who has ever felt a yearning to know more about the soaring arches, brilliant glasswork, and impossibly high, vaulted ceilings of these magnificent medieval structures. This book, details the development of this unique form of architectural artistry; beginning with it's modest antecedents in Romanesque architecture and the groin-vaulted churches of Normandy and England and continuing through even the most elaborate and extravagant versions of late-Gothic throughout Europe. Mr. Wilson moves the reader, comfortably and comprehensibly through the chronological development of Gothic architecture, while neatly detailing the differences in coincidental development in several diverse geographic regions. Even I, with no formal architectural education, can now explain most of the finer points of Norman Romanesque, French High Gothic, and the Rayonnant styles of architecture, as well as explaining the odd metamorphisis of the English Decorated style into the very uniquely English, Perpendicular style.
The text is brilliantly cross-referenced with the illustrations, diagrams and photographs, which are both descriptive and beautiful, despite being all black and white. Finally, the glossary, index, and bibliography are complete and very helpful. If you think you MIGHT like this book... you will. Buy it.
1 Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
24 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Bruce Trinque VINE VOICE on July 15, 2008
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Christoper Wilson's "The Gothic Cathedral: The Architecture of the Great Church, 1130-1530" is a superb survey of cathedrals and large European churches constructed across four centuries, not only filled with an incisive text but also wonderfully illustrated with hundreds of diagrams and exquisite photographs. It is true that the photos are only black-and-white so the reader cannot wholly grasp the glory of stained glass windows, but the photographs nonetheless render the Gothic architectural features and details with great clarity. This combination of excellent text and superb illustrations makes Wilson's book ideal for either close, intensive study or simple joyful browsing. I cannot imagine that anyone who appreciates glorious Gothic architecture would not find Wilson's "The Gothic Cathedral" not only a valuable but also a necessary addition to his or her library.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Charles J. Rodkey on March 14, 2009
Format: Paperback
The Gothic Enterprise: A Guide to Understanding the Medieval Cathedral

A work you will not soon forget. If you're looking for a detailed, multichapter description of engineering and construction management in early midieval times, this is perhaps not the exact text for your purpose. But if you considering the salient questions of how, where, when, who and specifically WHY Europeans built immense Gothic Cathedrals, I doubt you'd find a better layman's offering. Mixing religion and mysticism, cultural nuance and day to day living, geography and climate, ruling and ruled, and more... with a top flight researchers ability to discover, present and hone the finest and most remote connections, " The Gothic Enterprise" is no small monument to an author's love of form and place. To fully digest this takes several reads, and without fail something new is garnered and understood with each successive pass through this marvelous book. Enjoy it, I surely did!
1 Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Gail E. Robinson on November 4, 2010
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
What a magnificent book. After being totally enthralled with Pillars of the Earth (in book and TV movie), my husband was surprised and thrilled to receive this book. It's educational and beautifully portrays the unbelievable architecture of the past centuries. A truly worthy addition to our historical library.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again

What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?