An Introduction to English Church Architecture, From the Eleventh to the Sixteenth Century, Vol. 1 (Classic Reprint)

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One specially novel feature should be mentioned. The treatment of the main constructional subjects is throughout analytical. But even if this treatment is fairly adequate, no student can arrive at the end of such chapters as those on vaulting. Abutments, window tracery, roofs, etc., without considerable mental strain. If he has read faithfully, and looked up his cross-references as he should have done, there may remain with him a bird's-eye view of the whole subject; but he is very far from grasp or mastery. What he ought to do is to read the chapter straightway a second and even a third time. This, however, cannot be expected of a jaded reader; he wants a change, not a second helping of fish, but an omelette or an entree. Such a change is now provided. The more important subjects, after being treated analytically, are then discussed over again, but in the concrete, rag, after 106 pages setting forth the science and art of vault construction, fifty-seven individual vaults are selected for study, and are dissected separately. If the reader will turn to these, he will find all the principles of construction which he has read about in the text set forth over again, but in such different fashion that he will hardly notice that the new dish is after all but a r?chauff?. This application of the concrete method of study, aided by a c0pious apparatus of diagrams, has not been attempted before, and, it is believed, will be found really helpful.

Nor will the readers for whom this book has been prepared be likely to complain that here and there it is a good deal more than a treatise on building construction. It is good for those who are to be introduced to medizeval church architecture to know not only how a church was built, but why it was built, who built it, who served in it, who worshipped in it, and what manner of worship was theirs - Ancient or Modern. Accordingly, much space has been devoted in the introductory chapters to matters of human interest, before plunging into stones and mortar.

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Language - English

Author(s) - Francis Bond


Published Date - August 22 2019

ISBN - 9780260336996

Dimesions - 22.9 x 15.2 x 3.1 cm

Page Count - 522

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