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The Cathedral Church of York Bell's Cathedrals: A Description of Its Fabric and A Brief History of the Archi-Episcopal See   By: (1868-1924)

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In "The Cathedral Church of York Bell's Cathedrals: A Description of Its Fabric and A Brief History of the Archi-Episcopal See," A. Clutton-Brock provides an in-depth exploration of one of England's most majestic architectural wonders. This book not only delves into the physical aspects of the Cathedral Church of York but also transports readers through centuries of fascinating history surrounding the archi-episcopal see.

One of the most notable elements of this book is Clutton-Brock's incredible attention to detail. From the moment one embarks on this literary journey, they find themselves immersed in a sea of vivid descriptions, allowing them to visualize intricate architectural features. Whether it's the soaring spires, delicate stained glass windows, or majestic vaulted ceilings, every aspect of the cathedral's fabric is brought to life through the author's eloquent words.

Moreover, Clutton-Brock's historical accounts are captivating, offering readers a comprehensive overview of the cathedral's long-standing significance. Throughout the chapters, the author skillfully weaves together fascinating tales of the church's construction, the lives of its notable figures, and the impact it had on the surrounding community. From the early beginnings of York as a Roman city to the tumultuous events during the Reformation, the historical narrative unfolds seamlessly, painting a rich tapestry of the cathedral's past.

Notably, the author's enthusiasm shines through each page, demonstrating a genuine passion for the subject matter. This sense of awe and admiration is infectious and compels readers to further appreciate the grandeur and sacredness encapsulated within the Cathedral Church of York. Clutton-Brock's ability to evoke such emotions truly elevates this book from being a mere architectural guide to a deeply engaging exploration of the human spirit and devotion.

However, one aspect that may deter some readers is the book's level of technicality. Clutton-Brock goes into great detail regarding the architectural elements of the cathedral, which may be overwhelming for those without prior knowledge or a specific interest in the subject. Nevertheless, the author's clear explanations and occasional reference illustrations help to mitigate this potential drawback.

In conclusion, "The Cathedral Church of York Bell's Cathedrals: A Description of Its Fabric and A Brief History of the Archi-Episcopal See" by A. Clutton-Brock is a remarkable literary work that effortlessly combines the realms of art, history, and human spirituality. With its meticulous attention to detail, captivating historical anecdotes, and a sense of fervent admiration, this book serves as an essential companion for anyone looking to uncover the beauty and significance of one of England's architectural gems.

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[Illustration: York Minster, the West Front and Nave.]

THE CATHEDRAL CHURCH OF

YORK

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

BY A. CLUTTON BROCK

[Illustration: The Arms of the See]

WITH FORTY ONE ILLUSTRATIONS

LONDON GEORGE BELL & SONS 1899

W. H. WHITE AND CO. LTD. 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 Archaeology 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 Archaeological 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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