Chartres and the Birth of the Cathedral
The purpose of the present work is to evoke as authentically as possible the spiritual climate in which the Gothic cathedral was born, and to do so by allowing contemporary witnesses to speak for themselves...to show how the Gothic cathedral was the final fruit to ripen on the tree of an ancient tradition.
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The Preliminary Stages
Sugers Rebuilding of the Church of SaintDenis
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