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Great value for money
on 24 February 2009
An very portable glossary of church terms with lots of illustrations. I've just volunteered for a survey project in London which is looking at the condition and significance of urban places of worship. Although I have been involved in many surveys and excavations they all deal with the remains of structures which predate urban environments. I was therefore in serious need of a descriptive vocabulary specific to churches, amongst others.
This does the job, fits in my pocket, weighs almost nothing and was inexpensive. The illustrations are black and white sketches. There are only a few terms which I had hoped to find which appear to be missing, and they concern very small and specific areas of church architecture.
Being a glossary it helps if you know what something is called before you look it up, particularly if that particular term is not illustrated. I find it most useful for working back from the illustration to the term, but of course not every term is illustrated. If every term was illustrated, however, it would be a vast book, which would undermine one of its key benefits. And to be 100% fair the text on the back cover says that the book is largely intended to demystify the tehcnical terms used in guide books, not to help people work back from the architectural features to the terms.
Great value for money and does what it says on the box.