Anyone who has any interest whatsoever in Autun should read this book. One of the most cherished ideas of recent art history is that the magnificent sculptural program of the Cathedral is the work of an identifiable individual artist, Gislebertus, who presumably carved his name on the tympanum at the entrance to the church. It's hard to visit Autun without buying the book by Grivot and Zarnecki who champion this theory. Politely Linda Seidel challenges their conclusions as a "romantic conjecture...based on anachronistic assumptions about artistic personalities." She then develops a context for thinking about the building and its sculpture through examination of its place in local historical and rhetorical terms. Her discussion of medieval methods of remembering and recasting the past to provide authority to the present is compelling. Most useful is that her approach provides a sophisticated logic to the Roman references in the architectural detail and an intelligence to the sculptural program that have occasionally been dismissed as naive borrowing and unrelated sequences. Her attention to the aesthetics of the monument is short but informed with her recognition of the atypical orientation of the building and the resulting movement of light in the interior particularly sensitive. Her discussion of the emblematic Flight into Egypt capital is admirably comprehensive but tantalizingly brief. She has read widely and deeply and is able to bring a broad range of ideas and evidence to her argument that in themselves make a fascinating part of her presentation. Her writing is careful, clear and wonderfully accessible to readers of all levels of interest. The footnotes are extensive, appropriate, and, thanks to the layout, easily accessed. The black and white illustrations are valuable and placed in thoughtful conjunction with the text, which lies cleanly on the page bordered by elegant white space. This is a small-format, scholarly text. Yet Autun is finally a visual experience. As good as this book is, one is left longing for the funding of a parallel photographic inquiry of contemporary technical standards as well-informed as Prof. Seidel's text. "Left wanting more," however, is eventually a compliment that means, regardless, go buy this book.