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Bell's Cathedrals: The Cathedral Church of Norwich A Description of Its Fabric and A Brief History of the Episcopal See   By: (1872-1935)

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Bell's Cathedrals: The Cathedral Church of Norwich by C. H. B. Quennell is a comprehensive and captivating exploration of one of England's most stunning architectural wonders. Quennell skillfully combines meticulous research, detailed descriptions, and a genuine appreciation for both the physical structure and historical significance of the Norwich Cathedral.

In this book, the author takes readers on a richly informative journey into the heart of the cathedral, providing a detailed analysis of its intricate fabric. Quennell's attention to detail is commendable, as he delves into the architectural marvels, from the intricately carved stones to the towering spires. Through his vivid and eloquent prose, the reader gains a deep understanding of the skill and craftsmanship required to create such a masterpiece.

Furthermore, Quennell does not limit himself to the physical aspects of the cathedral but also delves into the fascinating history of the Episcopal See. He takes us back in time, offering a glimpse into the lives of the bishops who have played a significant role in shaping the cathedral and the surrounding community. The author's research is impeccable, and he presents the historical information in a fascinating and accessible manner.

One of the most commendable aspects of Quennell's work is his ability to bring the cathedral to life within the pages of the book. Through his vivid descriptions, the reader can almost feel the coolness of the stone, smell the aged wood, and hear the echoes of centuries of worship. It is evident that the author has a deep reverence for the cathedral and its place in history, and this passion shines through in every word.

However, while Quennell's meticulous attention to detail is admirable, it may be overwhelming for some readers. The abundance of architectural terms and historical references can occasionally become dense and difficult to follow, particularly for those without prior knowledge of the subject matter. Although the author makes an effort to simplify complex concepts, some sections may still require rereading to fully grasp the information.

Despite this minor drawback, Bell's Cathedrals: The Cathedral Church of Norwich remains an invaluable resource for anyone with an interest in architecture, history, or ecclesiastical heritage. Quennell's ability to combine facts and storytelling creates a book that is not only informative but also engaging and enjoyable to read. It is a testament to the beauty and significance of Norwich Cathedral, and it's a must-read for anyone who appreciates the grandeur of Gothic architecture and a desire to discover the hidden stories behind these magnificent structures.

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[Illustration: Norwich Cathedral from the South East.]

THE CATHEDRAL CHURCH OF NORWICH A DESCRIPTION OF ITS FABRIC AND A BRIEF HISTORY OF THE EPISCOPAL SEE

BY C.H.B. QUENNELL

[Illustration: Arms of Norwich]

WITH FORTY ILLUSTRATIONS

LONDON GEORGE BELL & SONS 1898

W.H. WHITE AND CO. LIMITED RIVERSIDE PRESS, 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) the great county histories, the value of which, especially in questions of genealogy and local records, is generally recognised; (2) the numerous papers by experts which appear from time to time in the Transactions of the Antiquarian and Archæological Societies; (3) the important documents made accessible in the series issued by the Master of the Rolls; (4) the well known works of Britton and Willis on the English Cathedrals; and (5) the very excellent series of Handbooks to the Cathedrals originated by the late Mr John Murray; to which the reader may in most cases be referred for fuller detail, especially in reference to the histories of the respective sees... Continue reading book >>




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