The White Robe of Churches of the XIth Century: Pages from the Story of Gloucester Cathedral

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J.M. Dent, 1899 - Church architecture - 347 pages
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Page 217 - And when he had opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of them that were slain for the word of God, and for the testimony which they held : and they cried with a loud voice, saying, How long, O Lord, holy and true, dost thou not judge and avenge our blood on them that dwell on the earth...
Page 130 - And the other black and grave, wherewith each one Is checker'd all along, Humility: The gentle rising, which on either hand Leads to the quire above, Is Confidence : But the sweet cement, which in one sure band Ties the whole frame, is Love And Charity.
Page 160 - ... in the form in which they have come down to us. The great open buildings designed exclusively for the use of the people, with the unenclosed " choir," must be regarded as a curious parenthesis in the story of these mighty medkeval houses of prayer.
Page 43 - When I considered all this I remembered also how I saw, before it had been all ravaged and burnt, how the churches throughout the whole of England stood filled with treasures and books, and there was also a great multitude of God's servants, but they had very little knowledge of the books, for they could not understand anything of them, because they were not written in their own language.
Page 232 - ... corners of the white lawne cloth, and the crooke that hung within the cloth that the pix did hang on, was of gold, and the cords, that did draw it upp and downe, was made of fine white strong silk.
Page 174 - Africa besides, with mountains of stone ; vast and gigantic buildings indeed ! but not Worthy the name of architecture, &c.
Page 245 - ... perfectly realised in life, yet it remained the type and model of warlike excellence, to which many generations aspired ; and its softening influence may even now be largely traced in the character of the modern gentleman.
Page 110 - That theatre was the Church, soaring to its majestic height, receding to its interminable length, broken by its stately divisions, with its countless chapels, and its long cloister, with its succession of concentric arches. What space for endless variety, if not for change of scene ! How effective the light and shade, even by daylight ; how much more so heightened by the command of an infinity of lamps, torches, tapers, now pouring their full effulgence on one majestic object, now showing rather...
Page 240 - Decorated date, there are two basins, and drains, and occasionally three; within the niche there is also often found a wooden or stone shelf, which served the purpose of a credence-table, to receive certain of the sacred vessels that were used in the service of the mass, previous to their being required at the altar; sometimes there is room at the bottom of the niche for these to stand at the side of the...
Page 174 - Parallels of Ancient and Modern Architecture " Evelyn penned a dedicatory epistle, writes of "the natural imbecility and very uncomeliness of pointed arches." They ought, he thinks, " to be banished from judicious eyes among the reliques of a barbarous age.

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