Parish Church Treasures: The Nation's Greatest Art Collection (Hardback)
  • Parish Church Treasures: The Nation's Greatest Art Collection (Hardback)

Parish Church Treasures: The Nation's Greatest Art Collection (Hardback)

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Hardback 304 Pages / Published: 08/10/2015
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Our parish churches constitute a living patrimony without precise European parallel. Their cultural riches are astonishing, not only for their quality and quantity, but also their diversity and interest. Fine art and architecture here combine unpredictably with the functional, the curious and the naive, from prehistory to the present day, to form an unsung national museum which presents its contents in an everyday setting without curators or formal displays. Because church treasures usually remain in the buildings they were created for, properly interpreted they tell from thousands of local perspectives the history of the nation, its people and their changing religious observance. John Goodall's weekly series in Country Life has celebrated particular objects in or around churches that are of outstanding artistic, social or historical importance, to underline both the intrinsic interest of parish churches and the insights that they and their contents offer into English history of every period. Parish Church Treasures incorporates and significantly expands this material to tell afresh the remarkable history of the parish church. It celebrates the special character of churches as places to visit whilst providing an authoritative and up-to-date history at a time when the use and upkeep of these buildings and the care of their contents is highly contentious.

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
ISBN: 9781472917638
Number of pages: 304
Weight: 891 g
Dimensions: 234 x 153 x 25 mm

Truly fascinating ... both an art history book and a travel guide * Cotswold Life *
Goodall has a superb eye for the exquisite and eccentric detail that makes English parish churches unique in contents and thus in character. His God is truly in the small things as well as the grand. * Sir Simon Jenkins *
This is an important book at a crucial time. These treasures are under threat in a looming heritage crisis as great as that which affected the country house in the twentieth century. What might seem a comfort read is, in the hands of John Goodall, a wakeup call - both to the Church authorities and to those within the localities - that some hard decisions will have to be made if these treasures are to survive the twenty-first century. * Sir Roy Strong *
Parish Church Treasures is the perfect church guide. Written chronologically, revealing the enormous antiquity, origins and fascinating stories of our English churches, and with riveting examples and illustrations, it will make church visiting even more enjoyable. A masterly and much-needed volume. * Dame Fiona Reynolds *
An elegant and erudite guide to the often hidden treasures of English parish churches * Loyd Grossman *
John Goodall is without question the greatest writer on medieval architecture today. His look at the parish churches of England is a fascinating examination of our past and our achievements. This book is a must. * Jools Holland *
A gorgeous book * The Journal of Stained Glass *

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