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Bell's Cathedrals: The Cathedral Church of Durham A Description of Its Fabric and A Brief History of the Episcopal See by Joseph E. Bygate is a comprehensive and insightful guide to one of England's most iconic cathedrals.

From the very beginning, Bygate engages the reader with his clear and concise writing style. He effortlessly combines descriptions of the cathedral's architecture with historical accounts, taking the reader on a journey through time. Each chapter explores a different aspect of the cathedral, from its foundations to the towering central tower, providing a detailed and meticulous examination of every nook and cranny.

Bygate's attention to detail is astounding. He thoroughly describes every decorative element, every stained glass window, and every memorial plaque within the cathedral, providing visual imagery that allows the reader to imagine themselves walking through its hallowed halls. The information he provides is both fascinating and educational, making it a valuable resource not only for architectural enthusiasts but also for history buffs interested in understanding the significance of each feature.

One of the book's standout features is its focus on the cathedral's history. Bygate seamlessly weaves together the stories of the bishops and priors who played crucial roles in shaping both the church and the surrounding town. Through his detailed accounts, the reader gains a deep appreciation for the cathedral's heritage and the impact it has had on the local community throughout the centuries.

Moreover, Bygate's evident passion for the subject matter is infectious. His love for the Cathedral Church of Durham radiates from every page and fuels the reader's curiosity. He presents the information in such a way that it becomes impossible not to share in his enthusiasm.

While the book excels in its comprehensive coverage and historical context, it does occasionally suffer from an overly technical tone. Some readers, particularly those unfamiliar with architectural terminology, might struggle to grasp certain concepts or fully appreciate the descriptions of the cathedral's layout. However, this is a minor drawback that can easily be overcome by conducting further research or consulting supplementary materials.

In conclusion, Joseph E. Bygate's Bell's Cathedrals: The Cathedral Church of Durham A Description of Its Fabric and A Brief History of the Episcopal See is a remarkable book that expertly combines architectural analysis with historical narrative. Bygate's passion for the subject shines through, making this an engaging and informative read for anyone interested in the history and beauty of England's cathedrals.

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[Illustration: Durham Cathedral, from the South West.]

THE CATHEDRAL CHURCH OF DURHAM

A DESCRIPTION OF ITS FABRIC AND A BRIEF HISTORY OF THE EPISCOPAL SEE

BY J.E. BYGATE, A.R.C.A.

[Illustration: Arms of the See.]

WITH FORTY FOUR ILLUSTRATIONS

LONDON GEORGE BELL & SONS 1905

First Published ... March 1899 Second Edition, Revised ... September 1900 Reprinted ... 1905

The Riverside Press Limited, Edinburgh

GENERAL PREFACE

This series of monographs has been planned to supply visitors to the great English Cathedrals with accurate and well illustrated guide books at a popular price. The aim of each writer has been to produce a work compiled with sufficient knowledge and scholarship to be of value to the student of Archæology and History, and yet not too technical in language for the use of an ordinary visitor or tourist.

To specify all the authorities which have been made use of in each case would be difficult and tedious in this place. But amongst the general sources of information which have been almost invariably found useful are: (1)... Continue reading book >>




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