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Universe of Stone A Biography of Chartres Cathedral

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ISBN-10: 0061154296

ISBN-13: 9780061154294

Edition: 2008

Authors: Philip Ball

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Chartres Cathedral, south of Paris, is revered as one of the most beautiful and profound works of art in the Western canon. But what did it mean to those who constructed it in the twelfth and thirteenth centuries? And why, during this time, did Europeans begin to build churches in a new style, at such immense height and with such glorious play of light, in the soaring manner we now call Gothic? Universe of Stone shows that the Gothic cathedrals encode a far-reaching shift in the way medieval thinkers perceived their relationship with their world. For the first time, they began to believe in an orderly, rational world that could be investigated and understood. This change marked the…    
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Book details

List price: $27.95
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 7/1/2008
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 336
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.25" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.694
Language: English

The Isle Rises: Chartres in the Kingdom of France
A Change of Style: The Invention of Gothic
Heaven on Earth: What is a Cathedral?
Seek Not to Know High Things: Faith and Reason in the Middle Ages
Building by Numbers: Science and Geometry at the School of Chartres
Masters of Works: The Men Who Planned the Cathedrals
Hammer and Stone: Medieval Masons
Underneath the Arches: House of Forces
Holy Radiance: The Metaphysics of Light
Hard Labour: How the Cathedral Rose
A New Beginning: The First Renaissance