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VINE VOICEon 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.
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on 20 November 2015
A small but comprehensive book, full of detail which should interest the specialist and layman alike. A useful work to consult prior to exploring individual cathedrals themselves. It makes you really appreciate the logistical challenges and sheer physical effort involved in these mammoth undertakings. One wonders how many serious or fatal accidents must have occurred during construction? Health and Safety Regulators would have had a field day! The drawings and pictures would have been better appreciated if published in a larger format.
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on 27 March 2012
For such a small book with such detailed drawings, the clarity is remarkable. Building in a pre-electrical age, with hand-wielded tools, one can only marvel at what these Middle Ages people managed to conceive, and what many more put together.

This book is technical. Architects, engineers and construction people of all kinds would get a lot out it because they would understand the full implications of what was achieved. Anyone else has to work a bit harder, but even this non-specialist found a lot to enjoy. It was clearly and simply written by someone who obviously loved what he was researching.
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on 27 February 2012
surely a good book for a taste of the subject. the new horizon series are however very small books with a frustrating layout of text pictures and captions. the document section at the rear is worthwhile and is a good book to flick through. wishing to study the subject in some detail this book feels like a false start. it is packed with very good illustrations and photos
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on 26 April 2013
A very compact and well produced little book that gives basic information on the history and building methods of the time. Will be helpful to have a magnifying glass handy as the diagrams are detailed but very very small.
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on 26 February 2016
lots of information
worth reading if you ever visit churches and or cathedrals
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on 9 February 2016
Bought as a gift.Looks good, All ok.
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on 13 May 2016
Book in excellent condition
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on 20 February 2015
Bought as a present and they really liked it.
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on 7 April 2015
a good buy
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