Westminster Abbey: A Church in History (Hardback)Mr David Cannadine (editor)
The 1,000 year history of Westminster Abbey explored by a host of distinguished scholars, Cannadine’s sumptuously illustrated volume tells a fascinating story of both Catholicism and Protestantism through the prism of an iconic religious building.
Westminster Abbey was one of the most powerful churches in Catholic Christendom before transforming into a Protestant icon of British national and imperial identity. Celebrating the 750th anniversary of the consecration of the current Abbey church building, this book features engaging essays by a group of distinguished scholars that focus on different, yet often overlapping, aspects of the Abbey's history: its architecture and monuments; its Catholic monks and Protestant clergy; its place in religious and political revolutions; its relationship to the monarchy and royal court; its estates and educational endeavors; its congregations; and its tourists. Clearly written and wide-ranging in scope, this generously illustrated volume is a fascinating exploration of Westminster Abbey's thousand-year history and its meaning, significance, and impact within society both in Britain and beyond.
Publisher: Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art
Number of pages: 456
Weight: 1598 g
Dimensions: 241 x 184 x 46 mm
"Yale University Press has produced this definitive history-and magnificent it is."-Christopher Colven, Art Newspaper
"As we would expect from Yale, the book is beautifully produced. The editor has largely succeeded in his aim of situating the Abbey both in the life of the Church and the history of the nation."-Richard Chartres, Church Times
"[T]he Abbey is as much a monumental socio-cultural archive as it is a Gothic masterpiece or national shrine. It remains, as this expansive and engaging book shows, an enduringly potent artefact within our national historical landscape."-Mark Jones, Albion Magazine
"Sir David Cannadine's collection of essays embraces the whole history of the abbey, a work covering more than a millennium and examining all aspects of the abbey's story."-Allan Brodie, Transactions of the Ancient Monuments Society
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