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The Cathedral Builders Hardcover – June, 1983

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An extravagantly illustrated and finely detailed account of how the magnificent Gothic cathedrals were erected. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 127 pages
  • Publisher: Grove Pr; 1st edition (June 1983)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 039452893X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0394528939
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 7.9 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #398,804 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is the best book I read on the mysterious movement known as the gothic era, which has long fascinated me. It is written by an independent scholar with a quirky, yet erudite, point of view who writes very well, with the Cartesian clarity that we expect of French intellectuals.
I found it absolutely fascinating, as he explained the politics that gave rise to the astonishing building projects that involved entire communities for centuries and whose artisans are, with the exception of Villard, wholly unkown. Gimpel then goes through the crytic notebook of Villard - the only true record of the era's methods besides the works themselves - deciphering it for non-specialists like myself. In his view, built during a late-medieval economic boom, the cathedrals used a new kind of geometry and practical experimentation that foreshadowed the discoveries of the Renaissance. Some would even argue that the gothic cathedral architects and builders presaged the scientific method that emerged during the Enlightenment. Gimpel provides plenty of fodder for that interpretation.
Warmly recommended.
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The fellow up above is being a bit severe. Gimple does go on a rant in a chapter at the end of the book saying things such as-America has reached its peak and will start to decline- and- France is on its way up-. Amazing statements considering he is French and this book was written in the seventies.

Obviously Mr. Gimpel should stick to writing about the past and stop predicting the future (He should have learned from Marx, but hey it was the seventies, the Soviet Union still looked like it would do more than kill a lot of people).

I found the book pleasant reading and it is a must read for an entry level History of Technology buff.

Gimple was one of the firsts in the field, so we must give him respect no matter how off some of his thought turned out to be.
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Wonderful book on cathedrals and that period of time. The history is well done and useful and opens up a world to a time that is long gone now. I would advise any student to read this book.
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Everything ken Follett mentions in his interview in the Boston globe. I want more, especially about the workers even more than the architects
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