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I learned a lot, but not an easy read,
This review is from: Cathedral: The English Cathedrals and the World That Made Them (Hardcover)This book taught me a lot about the history of the English Cathedral, and the relationship between their history and architecture. I learned a lot, but it's not an easy read. The 500 pages actually form two books, first a chronological and thematic section, and then a description of all the medieval cathedrals. This leads to some overlap, but sometimes he also tells part of the story in the first section and part of the story in the second section. I did not know a lot about the history before I read it, and several times things only made sense to me when I read the second version in the section about the individual cathedrals. He has some cross references, but it would have been nicer with even more.
He has many interesting tables, but I wish he had also included one giving the relationships between the different saints and the different cathedrals.
He writes well, but I wish he had had an editor who could have cleaned up some of the structural issues.
This is not for the casual tourist, but if you are willing to read 500 pages about the history of English cathedrals and are not afraid of using the index, you will learn a lot. At least I did!