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Interesting but leaves a lot of basic stuff out
on 21 February 2013
This small book will give you a basic overview of how a medieval cathedral would have been commissioned, why, who would have designed and built them, where the stones came from, and the basics of how they were built.
Be aware though that when I say the basics, I do mean the basics - if you're expecting this book to show you the difference between various types of arches, what crockets, corbels and roof bosses are and where to look for them, and how and why flying buttresses are so important (and how they work) then expect to be left none the wiser.
So in short this book will serve you as a basic overview, but it won't necessarily aid you with any practical pointers on how to tell a Romanesque arch from an Early English arch or an Ogee one when you next visit a cathedral. So don't expect to take it with you when you visit a cathedral.