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on 19 May 2012
the author goes into detail about details of churches, but doesn't mention the obvious. That is: the characteristic Christian symbols incorporated in the architecture itself.

Thus: cathedrals were built in the shape of a cross, representing Christ's cross on Calvary, which is why the crossing of the two axes, though perpendicular to each other, is not at the centre of the main east-west axis. The main longtitudional axis of cathedrals and churches was always east-west, to that both the building and the congregation face east, to Jerusalem. The altar is placed at the east end, not quite at the very end, but where Jesus' head would lie on the cross. The spires point towards heaven.

These are details contained in oral tradition - I learnt these from my teachers at school in the 1950's and 1960's.
It may be that it is because these points are so obvious that they have been omitted from most written works, including a lot of guides produced by individual churches and cathedrals.
Otherwise, a very good book
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on 1 February 2018
Came in very good condition,like new.Now if you want to learn more about the period and the date of a church ie Saxon Norman,victorion,Romen etc.This is a book for you and a mus have in you book collection,like is for me
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on 14 May 2016
If you've ever been into a church and wondered what things are, and why they are placed where they are, then this is the book for you. Recommended as part of my theological training but very readable book that would be of general interest to anyone. Pleased to have discovered it.
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on 11 December 2017
Excellent. As an art historian who is supposed to know this stuff but as a non-Christian it explains well.
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on 16 October 2013
A very helpful book for those who are keen to understand the meaning of the images and symbols found in churches. Not a "must have" for the church recorder but useful to those who are interested in the symbolic meaning behind church design, decoration, statuary, glass window designs and so on. As always, to understand what one is seeing is to see a great deal more.
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on 12 December 2012
The book of the series is a gentle walk through the history of British church architecture. It covers all the usual suspects such as the Saxons, the Normans, the Gothic period, the Oxford movement and so on. The written word allows Richard Taylor to add more depth to his analysis but does lose a bit of the charm of the TV series. The trade-off is well made however. iThe style is an engaging, easy and informative. The emotional link which is obvious in the TV programme is less obvious but the subject matter moves along well enough. Highly recommended as a primer for those interested in learning more and in gaining insight into the churches which dot the country.
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on 9 January 2017
Interesting but somehow not what I expected.
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on 23 August 2015
I bought this as I am interested in the history surrounding churches, this book answers these questions and explains the meaning behind them good book in great condition.
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on 5 December 2017
just perfect!
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on 6 September 2016
This has been a good read but it needs more pictures to show the images and symbols rather than descriptions.
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