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""City and Cosmos" provides an exciting bird’s-eye view of urban life in the Middle Ages, when the urban body was connected with the body of Christ, and city, cosmos and man were seen to be linked through sacred geometry and harmonic proportion. Keith Lilley’s compelling account is a reminder that for many medieval Christians, the city was a reflection of God’s beauty and presence in the world, a physical manifestation of the beauty of the body of the universe created by God, and a model of the world to come."–Alessandro Scafi, The Warburg Institute, University of London
--Alessandro Scafi

""City and Cosmos" provides an exciting bird's-eye view of urban life in the Middle Ages, when the urban body was connected with the body of Christ, and city, cosmos and man were seen to be linked through sacred geometry and harmonic proportion. Keith Lilley's compelling account is a reminder that for many medieval Christians, the city was a reflection of God's beauty and presence in the world, a physical manifestation of the beauty of the body of the universe created by God, and a model of the world to come."-Alessandro Scafi, The Warburg Institute, University of London

--Alessandro Scafi

""City and Cosmos" provides an exciting bird s-eye view of urban life in the Middle Ages, when the urban body was connected with the body of Christ, and city, cosmos and man were seen to be linked through sacred geometry and harmonic proportion. Keith Lilley s compelling account is a reminder that for many medieval Christians, the city was a reflection of God s beauty and presence in the world, a physical manifestation of the beauty of the body of the universe created by God, and a model of the world to come." Alessandro Scafi, The Warburg Institute, University of London
--Alessandro Scafi"

"It is a pleasure, as a literary scholar, to follow Lilley s assertion of the influence of medieval root-two geometric principles and their intersection with Classical cosmological thought, Christian scriptures, and the social practices of exclusion and pageantry on the formation of medieval urban spaces. Richly illustrative and drawing on an impressive array of textual, cartographic, and material evidence, Lilley s "City and Cosmos" is a significant contribution to the emerging interdisciplinary field of social geography, critical theory, and textual study. Lilley s expansive scholarship establishes the deeply symbolic connection between medieval conceptions of body, city, and cosmos and the way in which the very streets mark this habitus of thought." Meg Roland, Associate Professor of English, Marylhurst University
--Meg Roland"

About the Author

Keith D. Lilley is Senior Lecturer in Human Geography, Queen's University, Belfast. He is the author of many books and articles, including Urban Life in the Middle Ages, 1000-1450 (2002).

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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent introduction to the subject in question 17 May 2013
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For anybody interested in the subject of urbanism, its history, as well as the subject of the Middle Ages, this is a book that will introduce the general reader as well as students and scholars into the subject of Medieval cities, but more importantly, the different cultural traditions that spawned and fed the growth and development of cities during this historical period, such as the archetype of the Heavenly Jerusalem, divine measurements, foundation rituals, etc.

The book is nicely illustrated and attractive in its edition. I'm quite happy with my purchase.
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