Chartres Cathedral

ISBN-10: 1878351540

ISBN-13: 9781878351548

Edition: 2nd 1998 (Revised)

List price: $19.99
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The author is the world's foremost authority on Chartres, and is in residence there most of the year. He shows us the history of the cathedral and teaches us how to "read" the world-famous stained glass and sculpture, explaining the references to Scripture and the teachings of the Church. Chartres alone, of all the great medieval churches, has survived into the 20th century almost intact, not only architecturally but with its vast inconographic program in 12th-and 13th-century stained glass and sculpture. Medieval art was intended not just to embellish the church but to instruct the people, for there was no printing. Scholars could therefore teach their students, the clergy preach sermons and parents read the lives of the saints to their children using the 'texts' in stained glass and sculpture. The sister churches of Chartres have been sadly vandalized to varying degrees by Reform, revolution, war or natural disaster. Here in Chartres the 'text' is virtually complete. A concise glossary of symbolic images has been included as well as a complete plan of all the windows in the cathedral, and an index.
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Book details

List price: $19.99
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 1998
Publisher: Riverside Book Company, Incorporated
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 96
Size: 8.75" wide x 12.25" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 1.232
Language: English

John Bowker is a professor of religious studies who has taught at the universities of Cambridge, Lancaster, Pennsylvania and North Carolina. He has written and edited many books on world religions including World Religions, God: A Brief History, The Cambridge Illustrated History of Religion, and The Oxford Dictionary of World Religions.Sonia Halliday specializes in aerial photography of historical sites, particularly in Israel and Jordan. She has been taking photographs around the world for 40 years.Bryan Knox has been a photographer for 25 years, specializing in such areas as wildlife and stained-glass windows.

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