Universe of Stone: Chartres Cathedral and the Triumph of the Medieval Mind
In the twelfth century, Christians in Europe began to build a completely new kind of church - soaring, spacious monuments flooded with light from immense windows. These were the first Gothic churches, the crowning example of which was the cathedral of Chartres: a revolution in thought embodied in stone and glass, and a bridge between the ancient and modern worlds.
In Universe of Stone, Philip Ball explains the genesis and development of the Gothic style. He argues that it signified a profound change in the social, intellectual and theological climate of Western Christendom. As the church represented nothing less than a vision of heaven on earth, this shift in architectural style marked the beginning of the argument between faith and reason which continues today, and of a scientific view of the world that threatened to dispense with God altogether.
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UNIVERSE OF STONE: A Biography of Chartres CathedralUser Review - Jane Doe - Kirkus
The intellectual revolution in medieval France, as embodied in the architecture of a great cathedral.Nature consulting editor Ball (The Devil's Doctor: Paracelcus and the World of Renaissance Magic ... Read full review
A Fascinating Biography of Chartes CathedralUser Review - Brian, Merch - Borders
For the lovers of BRUNELLESCHI’S DOME and MICHELANGELO AND THE POPE’S CEILING, or even of Huysman’s CATHEDRAL, this biography of Chartres Cathedral will prove a delight. Read full review
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Universe of Stone: Chartres Cathedral and the Invention of the Gothic
Limited preview - 2009