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Medieval Cathedrals (Greenwood Guides to Historic Events of the Medieval World) Hardcover – December 30, 2005

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"Conceived for high schools as a ready reference and a stimulation for critical thinking, these books all follow a similar format: an overview, a range of examples (28 photos in this case), selected contemporary documents translated into English, a glossary, and an annotated bibliography….Although not all will agree with his decision to focus, e.g., on the power struggles between bishops and secular lords rather than on cities and their inhabitants, his deft handling of problems facing patron and builder, and the development in the Gothic era of new technologies with which to solve them, will provide students with a solid foundation….General readers; lower-division undergraduates; two-year technical program students." - Choice

"Clark examines the religious architecture found in the cathedral (chair of the bishop) or great church, studied in terms of its architecture, sculpture, and stained glass. Coverage includes an overview of the concept of the bishop and his role within the church hierarchy; the growth of the church in the early Christian era and its affiliation with the bishop; the social history of cathedrals; patrons, builders and artists; and planning and construction. The text also includes a gazetteer of 25 important examples; a chronology; a selection of 53 primary documents, including historical documents about important events or social situations pertaining to cathedrals or ecclesiastical officials, and descriptive documents about cathedrals; a glossary of terms; and annotated bibliography. Academic but accessible to the general reader." - Reference & Research Book News/Art Book News Annual

"[M]edieval Cathedrals….[p]rovides plenty of primary source documentation throughout, adds black and white illustration examples of Gothic structures, and provides both architectural and spiritual insights." - The Midwest Book Review/California Bookwatch

About the Author

William W. Clark is Professor of Art History at Queens College. He is the author of Medieval Architecture, Medieval Learning: Builders and Masters in the Age of Romanesque and Gothic, among other titles.


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Product Details

  • Series: Greenwood Guides to Historic Events of the Medieval World
  • Hardcover: 328 pages
  • Publisher: Greenwood; annotated edition edition (December 30, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0313326932
  • ISBN-13: 978-0313326936
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.8 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,504,381 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Cathedrals are usually envisioned as Gothic buildings of early Europe - but it's not a specific kind of building, but the singular presence of a chair or throne which stands as the symbol of the spiritual authority of a bishop. The history and concept of medieval cathedrals is surveyed here as part of Greenwood's ongoing 'Guides to Historic Events of the Medieval World' series, offering college-level readers chapters covering Gothic era construction, planning, patrons, and religious sentiments. An introduction to Gothic history is a concurrent theme of MEDIEVAL CATHEDRALS, which provides plenty of primary source documentation throughout, adds black and white illustration examples of Gothic structures, and provides both architectural and spiritual insights.
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