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5.0 out of 5 stars
Wonderful Church Crawl, 8 Nov. 2011
If you are interested in the religious architecture of Britain this set of two DVDs is a must have and a bargain as well.
Paul Binski with deliciously clear diction and superb voice inflection uses the 15 half-hour sessions to trace the history from Norman times to the present century. Each session covers two to four or so well selected churches (or other religious meeting places)and walks us through and around the buildings. He introduces us briefly to vicars and other leaders but does most of the talking himself and this is in no way a disadvantage. He points out relevant features of interest and describes where they fit, in the historical development of the architecture and in the changing theological and cultural contexts which have influenced them. With an infectious enthusiasm he also delightedly points out to us occasional features we might otherwise easily have missed which add interest and sparkle to the presentation. If anyone was ever tempted to think church architecture was a purely academic subject or dry as dust, that person should definitely buy this DVD set and sit enthralled through every one of its energetically captivating sessions. Here we have a lively presenter who knows his stuff and also knows how to lift us up into his own enthusiastic appreciation of the subject.
The well chosen background music, different for each building, is an added bonus.
My only regret is that I now know many more "must see" places in Britain than I, in far away New Zealand, will ever get to see.