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

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Publisher's Synopsis

Blackwell's Non-Fiction Book of the Month

February 2024


A glorious illustrated history of sixteen of the world's greatest cathedrals, interwoven with the extraordinary stories of the people who built them.

'An impeccable guide to the golden age of ecclesiastical architecture' The Times
'Vivid, colourful and absorbing' Dan Jones
'An epic ode to some of our most beautiful and beloved buildings' Helen Carr

The emergence of the Gothic style in twelfth-century France, characterized by pointed arches, rib vaults, flying buttresses and large windows, forms the central core of Emma Wells's authoritative but accessible study of the golden age of the cathedral. More than architectural biographies, these are human stories of triumph and tragedy that take the reader from the chaotic atmosphere of the mason's yard to the cloisters of power. Together, they reveal how 1000 years of cathedral-building shaped modern Europe, and influenced art, culture and society around the world.

Book information

ISBN: 9781788541954
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing (UK)
Imprint: Apollo
Pub date:
DEWEY: 726.609
DEWEY edition: 23
Language: English
Number of pages: 480
Weight: 328g
Height: 129mm
Width: 198mm
Spine width: 31mm