An Introduction to French Church Architecture
Originally published in 1938, this book provides a highly informative guide to the medieval church architecture of France. Aimed at the general reader, the object of the book is to stimulate interest, rather than offering advanced instruction. Keeping this object in view, plans, sections and diagrams are kept to a minimum, in favour of numerous photographs exemplifying key aspects of architectural style. This is a highly accessible and well-presented text that will be of value to anyone with an interest in ecclesiastical buildings and the medieval period.
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