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Westminster Abbey

"Westminster Abbey is both an appreciation of an architectural masterpiece and an exploration of the building's shifting meanings. We hear the voices of those who have described its forms, moods, and ceremonies, from Shakespeare and Voltaire to Dickens and Henry James, we see how rulers have made use of it, from medieval kings to modern prime ministers. In a highly original book, classicist and cultural historian Richard Jenkyns teaches us to look at this microcosm of history with new eyes."--Jacket
Print Book, English, 2005
Harvard University Press, Cambridge, Mass., 2005
215 pages : illustrations, maps ; 19 cm
9780674017160, 9780674061972, 0674017161, 0674061977
The medieval church
Henry VII's chapel
Renaissance and reformation
Death's Palace
From Baroque to Victorian
The abbey imagined
The Church in the city
The nation's shrine
The site of ceremony
The abbey now
Originally published: London : Profile Books, 2004