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Bell's Cathedrals: The Cathedral Church of Salisbury A Description of its Fabric and a Brief History of the See of Sarum   By: (1851-1898)

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Bell's Cathedrals: The Cathedral Church of Salisbury A Description of its Fabric and a Brief History of the See of Sarum by Gleeson White is an impressive work that delves into the magnificence of the iconic Salisbury Cathedral. This comprehensive guide not only provides a detailed description of the cathedral's structure and architecture but also offers a captivating history of the See of Sarum.

One of the standout features of this book is the vivid and meticulous description of the cathedral's fabric. Gleeson White's attention to detail is commendable, as he meticulously dissects the intricate architectural elements, from the soaring spire to the delicate tracery of the stained glass windows. Readers will find themselves transported to this medieval masterpiece, with each page bringing to life the grandeur and splendor of one of England's most beloved cathedrals.

Moreover, the inclusion of a brief history of the See of Sarum adds depth and context to the narrative. White skillfully explains the establishment of the bishopric in Salisbury and its subsequent development, offering valuable insights into the religious and cultural significance of the cathedral. By exploring the historical background, the reader gains a greater appreciation for the cathedral as a living monument that reflects the rich tapestry of English history.

White's writing style is engaging and accessible, making the book suitable for both architectural enthusiasts and casual readers alike. His passion for the subject matter is evident throughout the pages, as he not only imparts factual information but also shares his own admiration for the cathedral. This personal touch adds an element of warmth and authenticity to the narrative, making it all the more enjoyable to read.

The book is further enhanced by the inclusion of numerous illustrations and photographs, which complement the descriptive text and allow readers to visually appreciate the intricacies of the cathedral's design. The layout and formatting of the book are well-executed, making it easy to navigate and absorb information.

While Bell's Cathedrals: The Cathedral Church of Salisbury may not be the most recent publication on the subject, it remains an invaluable resource for anyone seeking a comprehensive and well-written guide to this remarkable cathedral. Gleeson White's expertise and passion shine through in this thorough exploration of Salisbury Cathedral, ensuring that readers will be left with a newfound appreciation for one of England's most treasured architectural gems.

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A Description of Its Fabric and a Brief History of the See of Sarum



With Fifty Illustrations


London George Bell & Sons 1898

Chiswick Press: Charles Whittingham and Co. Tooks Court, Chancery Lane, London.


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: firstly, the great county histories, the value of which, especially in questions of genealogy and local records, is generally recognized; secondly, the numerous papers by experts which appear from time to time in the transactions of the antiquarian and archæological societies; thirdly, the important documents made accessible in the series issued by the Master of the Rolls; fourthly, the well known works of Britton and Willis on the English Cathedrals; and, lastly, the very excellent series of Handbooks to the Cathedrals, originated by the late Mr... Continue reading book >>

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