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A Guide to Peterborough Cathedral Comprising a brief history of the monastery from its foundation to the present time   By: (1815-1889)

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In "A Guide to Peterborough Cathedral" by George S. Phillips, readers are taken on a captivating journey through the rich history and architectural marvels of this majestic religious structure. Throughout the book, Phillips provides a comprehensive overview of the cathedral, delving into its origins as a monastery and tracing its development into the awe-inspiring masterpiece that stands today.

One of the most notable aspects of this book is the author's meticulous attention to detail. He leaves no stone unturned in exploring the cathedral's past, providing readers with a thorough understanding of the site's historical significance. From its humble beginnings as a small monastery founded by Benedictine monks in the 7th century, to its transformation into an iconic symbol of religious devotion and cultural heritage, every milestone is presented with clarity and precision.

Phillips' writing style is both informative and engaging, making it accessible to a wide range of readers. His ability to effortlessly weave together historical facts, architectural knowledge, and personal anecdotes creates a narrative that is as educational as it is enjoyable. By incorporating original illustrations and photographs throughout the book, the author further enhances the reader's experience, allowing them to visualize the beauty and grandeur of Peterborough Cathedral.

The book is also structured in a user-friendly manner, guiding readers through each section with ease. The chapters follow a logical sequence, covering different aspects of the cathedral's history, including its architectural evolution, notable events, and the significance of its various features. This organized approach allows readers to explore the topics of interest to them, making it a valuable resource for individuals with varying levels of knowledge about Peterborough Cathedral.

However, it is worth noting that the book primarily focuses on the historical aspects of the cathedral and less on its contemporary significance or ongoing restoration efforts. While understandable considering its publication date, some readers may find themselves yearning for a more up-to-date account of the cathedral's current state.

Overall, "A Guide to Peterborough Cathedral" offers an enriching and informative experience to anyone curious about the history and architectural splendor of this magnificent structure. George S. Phillips has crafted a standout guidebook, capturing the essence of Peterborough Cathedral in a way that is sure to leave readers both educated and inspired.

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[Illustration: Peterborough Cathedral West Front]

[ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.]

A GUIDE TO PETERBOROUGH CATHEDRAL;

COMPRISING A BRIEF HISTORY OF THE MONASTERY

FROM ITS FOUNDATION TO THE PRESENT TIME,

WITH A DESCRIPTIVE ACCOUNT OF ITS ARCHITECTURAL

PECULIARITIES AND RECENT IMPROVEMENTS;

COMPILED FROM THE WORKS OF GUNTON, BRITTON,

AND ORIGINAL & AUTHENTIC DOCUMENTS.

BY GEORGE S. PHILLIPS.

[JANUARY SEARLE.]

A New Edition, Revised and Corrected.

PETERBOROUGH: PUBLISHED BY GEO. C. CASTER, BOOKSELLER, MARKET PLACE. 1881.

PRINTED BY GEO. C. CASTER, AT HIS PRINTING OFFICE, IN THE "KING'S LODGINGS," WITHIN THE MINSTER PRECINCTS, PETERBOROUGH. 1881.

A GUIDE TO PETERBOROUGH CATHEDRAL.

CHAPTER I.

From the foundation of the monastery by Peada, A.D. 655, to its destruction by fire in the reign of Henry the First; embracing a period of 461 years.

The history of our monastic establishments is but little regarded and as little known. The obscurity in which all monastic institutions is involved renders it difficult to give any certain and positive information respecting the origin of the building to whose history these pages are devoted; but it appears to have been founded at a very early period the churches of Canterbury, Rochester, London, Westminster, York, and Winchester, being the only large sacred edifices that preceded it... Continue reading book >>




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