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.
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 architecturestylistic 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.
Simon Bradley is joint series editor of the Pevsner Architectural Guides.
"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 Pevsners 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 readers 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
"We all know how much more enjoyable a visit to an old church or historic house can be in the company of a knowledgeable friend or well-informed guide; for many of us the Pevsners have always been that welcome companion."Colin Thom, Transactions
"Brisk, beautifully illustrated chapters outlining the main stylistic developments in polite architecture"Paul Stamper, British Archaeology