French Cathedrals, Monasteries and Abbeys: And Sacred Sites of France

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Century Company, 1909 - Cathedrals - 424 pages
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Page 348 - For I will say here that I think those same churches of North France the grandest, the most beautiful, the kindest and most loving of all the buildings that the earth has ever borne...
Page 357 - 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. Sweet and young grained wood it is : oak trained and chosen for such work, sound now as 400 years since.
Page 91 - Scarcely any politics, at a moment when every bosom ought to beat with none but political sensations. The ignorance or the stupidity of these people must be absolutely incredible; not a week passes without their country abounding with events that are analyzed and debated by the carpenters and blacksmiths of England. The...
Page 267 - Renaissance in the end of the twelfth and the beginning of the thirteenth century...
Page 357 - Picardy, give it wholly to the cathedral choir. 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...
Page 377 - ... Galahad. The architecture of the tomb is exceedingly graceful and the subordinate figures admirable, but the image of the dead Duke is altogether a masterpiece. The other evening, in the solemn stillness and the fading light of the great cathedral, it seemed irresistibly human and touching. The spectator felt a sort of impulse to smooth out the shroud and straighten the helpless hands.
Page 142 - ... century has no style of its own amidst its wide knowledge of the styles of other centuries. From this lack and this gain arose in men's minds the strange idea of the Restoration of ancient buildings: and...
Page 189 - Notre-Dame, the marvel of it never grows less. I go to Paris with no thought or time for it, busy about many other things. And then, on my way perhaps over one of the bridges across the river, I see it again, there on its island, the beautiful towers high above the high house and palace roofs, and the view, now so familiar, strikes me afresh with all the wonder of my first impression.
Page 365 - ... verily railways are ABOMINATIONS ; and I think I have never fairly realised this fact till this our tour : fancy, Crom, all the roads (or nearly all) that come into Rouen dip down into the valley where it lies, from gorgeous hills which command the most splendid views of Rouen, but we, coming into Rouen by railway, crept into it in the most seedy way, seeing actually nothing at all of it till we were driving through the town in an omnibus.
Page xxiv - ... the only witnesses, perhaps that remain to us of the faith and fear of nations.

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