Heaven on Earth: The Lives and Legacies of the World's Greatest Cathedrals

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Heaven on Earth: The Lives and Legacies of the World's Greatest Cathedrals

Heaven on Earth: The Lives and Legacies of the World's Greatest Cathedrals

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Dr Wells brings these buildings vividly to life, peopling them with their authors and sponsors, their triumphs and tribulations, and beautifully illustrated. Abbot Suger, who led the 12th-century building of Notre-Dame de Saint-Denis – in many ways the template for every Gothic church that followed – understood it was more than daylight that his abbey’s great windows let in, it was the divine. It is accepted by you that Daunt Books has no control over additional charges in relation to customs clearance.

Wells has written an accessible, authoritative and lavishly illustrated account of the building of 16 of ‘the world’s greatest cathedrals… The book gives full weight to the wealth of legends associated with cathedrals. He needed more wood for his new cathedral, being built on unpromisingly marshy ground a little way from the city’s two existing Saxon minsters.Walking around a cathedral today can be a solemn and an awe-inspiring experience, but what if we could stand inside the same building and travel back 800 years or so? Transporting the reader from the chaotic atmosphere of the masons’ yard to the cloisters of power, each chapter is a journey of exploration through a different cathedral. He is the author of Impossible Journeys, There and Back Again: In the Footsteps of JRR Tolkien and The Favourite.

Moreover, the intersection of pilgrims and relics also made cathedrals into engines of the divine: St James had produced just eight recognised miracles in his first thousand years. Thanks to the expertise and insight Emma provides in this episode, we are also able to uncover some of the secrets and stories of these beautiful buildings that might otherwise pass us by. An epilogue will then explore the evolution of the role and influence of the cathedral across art, culture, and society from Coventry to California, and the changing styles in our midst. Strikingly show[s] the influence these imposing buildings exerted [and] the importance of the people who built these places - History Today You may also be interested in. Wells’ selection runs from Istanbul’s sixth-century Hagia Sophia to Florence’s 15th-century Santa Maria del Fiore, but its primary focus is the pinnacle of the Age of Gothic – roughly from 1140 to 1280 – as manifested in England and France.Cathedrals weren’t merely places where God’s grace could be found, they were places where it happened. Known today for its midsummer music festival, throughout the medieval era Glastonbury had been better known for having the largest monastic foundation in all England. Wells, a historian, broadcaster and author of Heaven on Earth: The Lives and Legacies of the World’s Greatest Cathedrals. After almost a decade in academia teaching at University of York and University of Durham, in summer 2022, Emma decided to move back into the consultancy world and was appointed Principal Historic Buildings Consultant for SLR Consulting.

It is this remarkable flowering of ecclesiastical architecture that forms the central core of Emma Wells's authoritative but accessible study of the golden age of the cathedral. Shines scholarly light on the history of the great cathedrals of Europe and uncovers the wealth of human stories they hold.We visit Canterbury Cathedral the moment St Thomas Becket's shrine is moved to a new location after a fire nearly fifty years earlier destroyed much of the original cathedral. A glorious history of sixteen of the world’s greatest cathedrals, interwoven with the extraordinary stories of the people who built them. In this beautifully illustrated book, Emma visits sixteen world-renowned cathedrals ranging from Hagia Sophia in Istanbul, to the “northern powerhouse” of York Minster.



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