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Bell's Cathedrals: The Cathedral Church of Exeter A Description of Its Fabric and a Brief History of the Episcopal See   By: (1866-1916)

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In "Bell's Cathedrals: The Cathedral Church of Exeter," Percy Addleshaw takes readers on an enchanting journey through the history and architecture of one of England's most remarkable cathedrals. With a keen eye for detail and a passion for the subject matter, Addleshaw presents a comprehensive account of Exeter Cathedral, its construction, and the Episcopal See it represents.

The book begins with an introduction that sets the stage for what is to come, giving readers a glimpse into the rich history of Exeter Cathedral. Addleshaw then delves into a meticulous description of the cathedral's fabric, leaving no stone unturned. From the intricate details of its pillars, windows, and chapels to the ornate carvings and stained glass that adorn its walls, the author paints a vivid picture of the cathedral's grandeur.

What sets Addleshaw's writing apart is his ability to transport readers through time. As he walks us through the centuries, we are not mere spectators but active participants in the unfolding story of the cathedral. We witness the challenges faced during its construction, the lives of the figures who shaped its design and legacy, and the many additions and renovations that have taken place over the years.

At the heart of the book lies a deep appreciation for the spiritual significance of Exeter Cathedral, highlighting its role as a place of worship and devotion. Addleshaw skillfully weaves together aspects of faith, art, and history, exposing the interplay between religious and architectural influences that make the cathedral an awe-inspiring monument.

Furthermore, the inclusion of stunning photographs and detailed illustrations adds an extra layer of richness to the narrative. These visual aids bring to life the descriptions provided by the author, allowing readers to truly grasp the beauty and magnificence of Exeter Cathedral.

While the book is undoubtedly a treasure trove of information, it may overwhelm readers less familiar with architectural terminology or historical background. Nevertheless, Addleshaw's engaging writing style and his ability to explain complex concepts in a clear manner help mitigate this potential barrier.

Overall, "Bell's Cathedrals: The Cathedral Church of Exeter" is a captivating read that will leave readers with a profound appreciation for both the architectural marvel and the spiritual sanctuary that is Exeter Cathedral. Percy Addleshaw's passionate and well-researched account is a testament to the enduring power of these majestic structures and reminds us of their significance in our history and culture.

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



With XXXVII [Illustration] Illustrations

[Illustration: EXETER CATHEDRAL FROM THE SOUTH WEST. The Photochrom. Co. Ld. Photo.]

London G. Bell and Sons, Ltd. 1921 First Published, January 1898 Second Edition, Revised, 1899 Third Impression, 1907 Fourth Impression, 1912 New and Revised Edition, 1921.


Among various books consulted the author specially owes his acknowledgments to "The Fabric Rolls"; Leland's "Itinerary"; Holler's "History"; Izacke's "Antiquities of Exeter"; Britton's "History and Antiquities of Exeter"; "Transactions of Exeter Architectural Society"; Oliver's "Lives of the Bishops of Exeter"; Murray's "Handbook of Exeter"; Archdeacon Freeman's "Architectural History of Exeter Cathedral"; Professor Freeman's "Exeter" (Historic Towns Series); Prince's "Worthies of Devon"; Worth's "History of Devonshire"; Fuller's "Worthies of Devon"; Macaulay's "History of England"; and Green's "Short History of the English People." The author would also express his special thanks to the late Canon Hingeston Randolph, the learned editor of the Episcopal Registers of the Diocese, for information which contributed largely to the improvement of the second edition of this book... Continue reading book >>

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