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The Cathedral Builders of the Middle Ages (New Horizons) [Paperback]

Alain Erlande-Brandenburg , Rosemary Stonehewer
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27 Mar 1995 New Horizons
All over Europe, from Westminster to Rouen, the cathedrals of the Middle Ages still stand. This book explores the world of the medieval master mason. How were these structures built when only primitive machinery was available? Who initiated and designed them? Who built and paid for them?

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Product details

  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Thames & Hudson (27 Mar 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0500300526
  • ISBN-13: 978-0500300527
  • Product Dimensions: 0.9 x 12.4 x 17.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 125,865 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mediaeval Blueprints! 28 Dec 2009
This very readable little book is positivelly crammed with contemporary illustrations. Of particular interest are the reproductions of original construction drawings, and details of ornament and colour as originally designed and applied.

As one would expect, most of the illustrations are of continental (especially French) origin and thus new to most British readers. The quality of the reproductions is very good in a book of so low a cost, and the colours are nothing short of magnificent.

Strongly recommended - a glorious trip around an under rated corner of history. The Cathedral Builders of the Middle Ages (New Horizons)
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Building Techniques - Mediaeval Style. 27 Mar 2012
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For such a small book with such detailed drawings, the clarity is remarkable. Building in a pre-electrical age, with hand-wielded tools, one can only marvel at what these Middle Ages people managed to conceive, and what many more put together.

This book is technical. Architects, engineers and construction people of all kinds would get a lot out it because they would understand the full implications of what was achieved. Anyone else has to work a bit harder, but even this non-specialist found a lot to enjoy. It was clearly and simply written by someone who obviously loved what he was researching.
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3.0 out of 5 stars a good start 27 Feb 2012
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surely a good book for a taste of the subject. the new horizon series are however very small books with a frustrating layout of text pictures and captions. the document section at the rear is worthwhile and is a good book to flick through. wishing to study the subject in some detail this book feels like a false start. it is packed with very good illustrations and photos
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3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting but leaves a lot of basic stuff out 21 Feb 2013
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This small book will give you a basic overview of how a medieval cathedral would have been commissioned, why, who would have designed and built them, where the stones came from, and the basics of how they were built.

Be aware though that when I say the basics, I do mean the basics - if you're expecting this book to show you the difference between various types of arches, what crockets, corbels and roof bosses are and where to look for them, and how and why flying buttresses are so important (and how they work) then expect to be left none the wiser.

So in short this book will serve you as a basic overview, but it won't necessarily aid you with any practical pointers on how to tell a Romanesque arch from an Early English arch or an Ogee one when you next visit a cathedral. So don't expect to take it with you when you visit a cathedral.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 14 July 2014
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great read - couldn't put it down
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