A Little History of the English Country Church

A Little History of the English Country Church

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By (author) Sir Roy Strong

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  • Publisher: VINTAGE
  • Format: Paperback | 272 pages
  • Dimensions: 130mm x 194mm x 20mm | 222g
  • Publication date: 7 October 2008
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 1844138305
  • ISBN 13: 9781844138302
  • Sales rank: 134,666

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'A highly readable and intelligent narrative account ...Anyone with the slightest interest in the English parish church...will be intrigued, informed and enchanted by this lucid, and occasionally provocative account' - "Country Life". 'The writing is concise, uncluttered, clear. Even when you know the history, you still turn the pages, wanting to find out what small but telling detail he has uncovered next' - "The Times". This fascinating and beautifully illustrated little history is a celebration of the English country church - and a passionate plea for its preservation. In his engaging account Roy Strong tells the dramatic story of the English parish church, from the first temporary buildings erected in Anglo-Saxon times to its uncertain future in the twenty-first century.From the arrival of the missionaries from Ireland and Rome, who erected crosses in the country to mark the places where they preached, to the beautiful architecture and rich spirituality of medieval Catholicism; from the cataclysm of the Reformation, which replaced the splendour of ritual with the preaching of the Word, to the age of the 'squarson', the gentrified cleric we meet in the novels of Jane Austen: Roy Strong takes us on a journey - historical, social and spiritual - to explore what men and women experienced through the age when they went to church on Sunday. 'Indispensable' - "Sunday Telegraph".

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Author information

Sir Roy Strong was educated at the University of London, and the Warburg Institute. He joined the staff of the National Portrait Gallery in 1959 and became its director from 1967 to 1973. He was director of the Victoria & Albert Museum from 1974 to 1987, when he resigned to become a full-time writer, broadcaster and consultant. His books include The Cult of Elizabeth, Gloriana, Painting the Past, The Story of Britain, The Arts in Britain, Feast and Coronation.

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"[A] treasure of a book...riveting... If the loss of our lovely country churches strikes you as tragic then I urge you to read Strong's passionately penned book and to pass it around among your friends" -- Val Hennessy Daily Mail "Riveting... Strong tells this story with expertise and a highly readable style. He always shows the physical presence of the church as a building in the context of its time. Anyone who ever enters a church and wonders why it has come to look exactly as it does will find an answer within these pages" Literary Review "Anyone with the slightest interest in the English parish church, of its life today, or its history - or who is only conscious of the same draw of curiosity they give out- will be intrigued, informed and enchanted by this lucid, and occasionally provocative, account" Country Life "A charmingly produced book... Roy Strong's style, too, is gentle while erudite, affectionate but realistic... His intimate knowledge of one of England's most neglected institutions is profound" Sunday Express "Strong's short but rich history of the country church will be a great help in understanding the changes to the physical fabric of our churches over the last five centuries" Daily Telegraph