Churches: An Architectural Guide  -     By: Simon Bradley
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Churches: An Architectural Guide

Yale University Press / 2015 / Hardcover

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When visiting cathedrals or great churches, one is often awestruck by their beauty. Bradley is eager to expound the reasons for such magnificence: clarifying functional components, stylistic developments, pulpits, lecterns, altars, screens, sculptures and monuments, stained glass, and plenty more. Includes 140 photos. 176 pages, hardcover. Yale University.

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Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 176
Vendor: Yale University Press
Publication Date: 2015
Dimensions: 8.50 X 4.75 (inches)
ISBN: 0300215533
ISBN-13: 9780300215533
Series: Pevsner Architectural Guides

Publisher's Description

This accessible book is for anyone who would like to understand more about the architectural history of English churches. Clear and easy to use, the text explains the key components of church architecture—stylistic developments, functional requirements, regional variations, and arcane vocabulary. Readers can equip themselves to explore historic churches knowledgeably, evaluate dates and restoration phases, interpret stained glass and monuments, and make their own discoveries. Written by one of the editors of the Pevsner Architectural Guides and distilling years of experience visiting churches, the book includes explanations of how to learn more from building plans, tips for further research, searching for clues, and analyzing the evidence. 

Author Bio

Simon Bradley is joint series editor of the Pevsner Architectural Guides. 

Editorial Reviews

"Handy, modestly priced and beautifully illustrated."—Geoffrey Tyack,The Georgian

"One of the great achievements in architectural publishing… Excellent introductions to their subjects in their own right, they provide the perfect companions to Pevsner’s invaluable guides."—A Magazine for RIBA Friends of Architecture

"Will become useful quick-reference companions… these almost pocket-sized volumes are an excellent starting point, the text and images admirably covering the basics without insulting the reader’s intelligence, while their well-designed pages make them handy reference guides for that essential on the spot reminder of a difference between a stopped and a sunk chamfer."—Judith Flanders, TLS

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