Westminster Abbey

Westminster Abbey : A thousand years of national pageantry

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'National cathedral', coronation church, royal mausoleum, museum of sculpture, burial place of poets, resting place of the great and of the Unknown Warrior, and recent backdrop to the spectacular funeral of Diana, Princess of Wales - this rich and extraordinary building unites many functions. In terms of those functions, the Abbey is the most complex church in existence - perhaps the most complex of all buildings. It has been abbey, pilgrimage church, cathedral; and it is now a collegiate church and royal peculiar. The foundation document of modern Presbyterianism was written within its walls; and its chapter for centuries served as a house of parliament. In a highly original book classicist and cultural historian Richard Jenkyns shows us how to look at this microcosm of history with new eyes. Westminster Abbey is the third title in Profile's Wonders of the World series.
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  • Hardback | 224 pages
  • 136 x 204 x 26mm | 381.02g
  • Profile Books Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • Main
  • 1861976488
  • 9781861976482

About Richard Jenkyns

Richard Jenkyns is Professor of the Classical Tradition, University of Oxford, a Fellow of Lady Margaret Hall and author of a number of books including Dignity and Decadence: Some Classical Aspects of Victorian Art and Architecture and The Victorians and Ancient Greece.
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Richard Jenkyns gives an ideal introduction to a building often taken for granted. The style is agreeable, the judgments intelligent and the perspective humane.' - Christopher Howse, Spectator I have gained a new appreciation...from the wonderful new book by Richard Jenkyns. * Daily Telegraph * A little masterpiece that will probably never go out of print ... Westminster Abbey is the third in Profile's 'Wonders of the World' series, which has so far produced gems on the Parthenon and the Alhambra ... Start building your collection of first editions now. * Geographical * A splendid book on a splendid subject - the quintessential English church. * Simon Jenkins * Richard Jenkyns gives an ideal introduction to a building often taken for granted. The style is agreeable, the judgments intelligent and the perspective humane. -- Christopher Howse * Spectator *
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