Churches and Castles of Mediaeval France

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Cosimo, Inc., Nov 1, 2005 - Architecture - 296 pages
"There cannot be many places in the world that produce so profound an effect upon the mind, the imagination, and the sense of beauty as." Which place is Walter Cranston Larned about to describe? The Cathedral of Amiens? The Chateau of Langeais? The Cathedral of Rheims? The Chateau of Blois? Actually, he's referring to the walled city of Carcassonne in ancient Languedoc. It is but one of the dozens of historical monuments he lovingly describes this charming work.Churches and Castles of Mediaeval France is an illustrated record of a traveler's impressions of the great monuments of France. It's written just for those who love their beauty and care about the place they hold in the history of the French people.WALTER CRANSTON LARNED (1850-1914) was the author of two subsequent books: Arnaud's Masterpiece: A Romance of the Pyrenees in 1897 and Rembrandt: A Romance of Holland in 1898.
 

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Page 16 - Sweet and young-grained wood it is : oak, trained and chosen for such work, sound now as four hundred years since. Under the carver's hand it seems to cut like clay, to fold like silk, to grow like living branches, to leap like living flame. Canopy crowning canopy, pinnacle piercing pinnacle — it shoots and wreathes itself into an enchanted glade, inextricable, imperishable, fuller of leafage than any forest, and fuller of story than any book...
Page 15 - Aisles and porches, lancet windows and roses, you can see elsewhere as well as here — but such carpenter's work, you cannot. It is late, — fully developed flamboyant just past the fifteenth century — and has some Flemish stolidity mixed with the playing French fire of it ; but wood-carving was the Picard's joy from his youth up, and, so far as I know, there is nothing else so beautiful cut out of the goodly trees of the world.
Page ii - AMIENS To one who loves Gothic architecture there are few cathedrals more interesting than the cathedral of Amiens. It was built in 1220 to 1288, — the sixtyeight years of work of the two bishops Everard, who founded it, and Godfrey, who carried it to completion and consecrated it. The name of the architect is preserved, which is not always the case with Gothic builders. Robert of Luzarches was the designer, and Thomas de Cermont and his son Re'nauet completed the building. All honor to them, for...
Page 4 - Mr. Ruskin says that those who built the Gothic churches really believed they were building dwelling-places for Christ, and they wished to make them as comfortable and beautiful for him as they could. The facade of Amiens certainly bears out this idea, for the central figure in it is Christ, called " Le Bon Dieu d'Amiens," who welcomes all who come to enter its portals and gives them his benediction.

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