Durham Cathedral: History, Fabric, and Culture (The Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art) Hardcover – 12 Dec 2014
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'The life as well as the liturgy of the cathedral is celebrated in photographs... This is a story told by 30 contributors, all witness to the pride of the place cathedrals retain in the community.'--Marcus Binney, "the Times."
--Marcus Binney"The Times" (02/14/2015)
The life as well as the liturgy of the cathedral is celebrated in photographs This is a story told by 30 contributors, all witness to the pride of the place cathedrals retain in the community. Marcus Binney, "the Times."
--Marcus Binney"The Times" (02/14/2015)"
This volume draws together a very broad array of recent research. It s range is progidious, stretching from the conception of the physical building to it s intellectual, liturgical and spiritual context Gabriel Byng, "TLS."--Gabriel Byng"TLS" (08/28/2015)"
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David Brown is Wardlaw Professor of Theology, Aesthetics, and Culture at the University of St. Andrews, and was formerly a canon of Durham Cathedral and Van Mildert Professor of Divinity at Durham University.
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Durham Cathedral is a very heavy, super nice publication with lots of superb color photos....many of them full page. It is divided into 3 sections: History, Architecture, & Culture. Lots of material on the architectural details of the cathedral itself. The great photos of the church makes you wish there was more of this...and less on essays about how Durham tries to stay relevant in the new millineum. Good coverage also is given to the adjoining castle (the entire complex of Durham is an incredible group of buildings). The history is amazingly detailed...probably everything of consequence that happed in this monastic community is covered from the very beginnings, short of the salary paid to the local church cats (yes, an occasional animal does appear on medieval payrolls from time to time for services rendered)! Amusingly enough, it appears that the patron saint, St. Cuthbert, was dug up at regular intervals, for various reasons. In short, while this book is a historians dream, one can simply enjoy this just for the great photos & illustrations - the photos of the cathedrals stained glass were especially nice.
The present members of Durham Cathedral seem to feel they worship in the finest cathedral in the world. And after seeing the many architectural riches of this building, especially the incredible Neville Screen/Nine Altars section, I'm starting to believe them. Considering its appearance at the very beginnings of the English Gothic era, there are few churches in Europe that can compete with Durham Cathedral at that period in time.
My final verdict: Pros -Excellent church history, a short but excellent architecture section.....Cons: Too much fluff on modern day events - room that would be better served with more photos of the cathedral itself, as there were a lot of architectural views still missing. But as I said before, it's a Paul Mellon book. Short printing runs that sell out due to its target scholarship market, which probably includes every major college & university out there. They don't cater - or depend on the general public for their livelihood.
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