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Bells are as old as civilization. In the Western world, they have been associated with churches since early Christian times, hung in the towers of churches in Britain since the middle ages. Bells have rung to announce the beginning of services and to celebrate major events in the life of the Church and state.

During the reign of Elizabeth I a system of ringing unique to Britain evolved, recreational as well as religious, English full circle ringing is often cited as one of the glories of our island heritage. It calls for accuracy of timing, mental agility and close teamwork as well as physical effort. The resulting sound can be enthralling and appeals as perfomance art.

Bellringing is rich in traditions and heritage gong back four centuries and beyond, with a history colored by the sometimes disreputable activities of ringers of bygone days. This book sets out to explain the use of bells, describes the art of change-ringing and explores the subject through historical examples to show why bellringing has been and still remains a popular activity. This book is the perfect introduction to bell-ringing and will appeal to ringers and to the non-specialist alike.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 80 pages
  • United States
  • English
  • 30 MONO; 70 COL
  • 0747808236
  • 9780747808237

Table of contents

Bells and the Church
Bells and the Community
English Full-Circle Ringing
Change Ringing
Ringing as an Art-Form and Recreation
Ringing Today
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About Chris Pickford

Chris Pickford lives in Great Britain.
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