The Sutton Companion to Cathedrals & Abbeys

The Sutton Companion to Cathedrals & Abbeys

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Even in this predominantly secular age, Britain's cathedrals remain potent symbols of religious continuity. Their purpose was to reveal God's majesty, to declare the supremacy of the Church and the devotion of the men who built them. They were intended, literally, to be awesome. Similarly, our medieval abbeys, most of them sad remnants of a glorious past, serve to remind us of the dedication of those who aspired to the monastic ideal. No two cathedrals or abbeys are alike in their conception, location, construction or history, and it is this that gives them their limitless appeal.

This comprehensive volume contains over 1,450 entries arranged alphabetically, together with lists of useful addresses and further reading, and is richly illustrated with colour and black and white photographs, plans and drawings. A wealth of subjects including architecture, liturgy, history and monasticism are covered in detail and assist in placing research in a wider historical context.
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  • Paperback | 448 pages
  • 170 x 240 x 30mm | 1,040g
  • Stroud, United Kingdom
  • English
  • UK ed.
  • Illustrations (some col.)
  • 0752455826
  • 9780752455822
  • 1,855,015

About Stephen Friar

STEPHEN FRIAR is a writer and historian. His previous books include Heraldry, The Companion to Churches, The Companion to Castles and The Local History Companion. He lives in Painswick, Gloucestershire.
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