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The Gothic enterprise : a guide to understanding the medieval cathedral

Author: Robert A Scott
Publisher: Berkeley : University of California Press, 2011.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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The great Gothic cathedrals of Europe are among the most astonishing achievements of Western culture. Evoking feelings of awe and humility, they make us want to understand what inspired the people who had the audacity to build them. This engrossing book surveys an era that has fired the historical imagination for centuries. In it Robert A. Scott explores why medieval people built Gothic cathedrals, how they built  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Robert A Scott
ISBN: 0520269993 9780520269996
OCLC Number: 695008806
Notes: Originally published: University of California Press, 2003.
Description: xxii, 294 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Introduction : a personal journey --
Part I.A grand undertaking : --
1. What is the Gothic enterprise? --
2. How were the cathedrals built? --
Part II. History : --
3. Kings, feudal lords, and great monasteries --
4. The age of cathedral-building --
5. The initial vision --
6. "The cathedral crusade" --
Part III. The Gothic look : --
7. What is the Gothic look? --
8. An image of heaven --9. A pragmatic view of cathedral-building --
Part IV. The religious experience : --
10. Sacred force and sacred space --
11. Imagining the cathedral --
12. Honoring the dead --
Part V. The Gothic community : --
13. Medieval living conditions --
14. The spiritual brokers--priests and monarchs --
15. Cathedrals and community --
Conclusion : learning from Stonehenge.
Responsibility: Robert A. Scott ; with a new preface.

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