If there is one thing better than wandering around medieval churches on your own, it is doing so with a companion who is affable, knowledgeable, and interesting ... [Mortlock] has the engaging manner of a detective, piecing together the story of the building from the available evidence, describing the historical development and idiosyncratic features ... the beauty of this book is that it is written by an enthusiast. While there is no doubt about Mortlock's expertise, he is never formulaic; alongside the naming of furnishings and architectural features, his eloquent prose finds room for ... details which he happens to find interesting. Coming to a known church with Mortlock is like seeing it for the first time ... the articles are accurate ... Most importantly of all, Mortlock has an Anglican sensibility. He knows the true emotional value of the buildings he describes. There are few inaccuracies or omissions ... Mortlock's Guide to Suffolk Churches remains the only complete and reliable guide to the churches of Suffolk in print. Even when Pevsner's revising editor has completed his work, this book will remain the definitive text on the subject for years to come. --Simon Knott, in Ecclesiology Today, Vol 44
Mortlock writes colourful descriptions of the marvels to be found in some of the richest medieval churches in the country. --The Sign
The profusion of medieval churches in Norfolk is not only examples of beautiful church architecture but also records of their communities and the history of medieval England. This invaluable and straightforward guide to the 'living' medieval churches of Norfolk helps the church visitor to understand both the universal features of churches and the unique aspects of those in different areas. The guide is highly illustrated with photographs, line drawings and a detailed map to aid in locating each church within the county. It also includes a substantial reference section in encyclopedic form, designed to answer a host of questions which may tease the church visitor. For example, why do so many churches have north doors, and yet so often have them blocked up? And why does the pagan Green Man find a place in our Christian Churches? This book provides the answers to these and other questions. Written by enthusiasts for both the churches and the county in which they stand, the great appeal of this guide is that, once the code of church architecture has been broken and the language learned every church, be it ever so humble, is shown to be unique, with its own story to offer.
This guide provides the key.
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