Universe of Stone : Chartres Cathedral and the Triumph of the Medieval Mind, Paperback

Universe of Stone : Chartres Cathedral and the Triumph of the Medieval Mind Paperback

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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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  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 336 pages, Illustrations, maps
  • Publisher: Vintage Publishing
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Religious buildings
  • ISBN: 9780099499442

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