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Gothic cathedrals : a guide to the history, places, art, and symbolism
Gothic cathedrals : a guide to the history, places, art, and symbolism
Ralls, Karen2015
From the 12th century through the 16th centuries, the Gothic architectural style spread throughout Europe. Several hundred churches and other public buildings were built, many of which stand to this day. Gothic architecture left its legacy of meticulous building techniques and the infusion of illuminating interior space through extensive use of stained glass. Its design criteria convey a palpable awareness of the vast power of time and place.Famed medievalist Dr. Karen Ralls explores the legacy of this exquisite architectural period, whose artistic beauty and expert craftsmanship have served for centuries to inspire feelings of spiritual reverence and aesthetic wonder. Religious devotees, pilgrims, artists, scholars, and craftspeople have marveled at the interweaving of mathematical mastery and skilled workmanship in these magnificent edifices.The author details the relationship between architecture, sacred geometry, and music. She ties in the birth of the architectural secrets learned by the Knights Templar during the Crusades and suggests a link to the establishment of the Masonic fraternity and other esoteric orders. Dr. Ralls explores the concept of the Labyrinth; the evolution of the European educational system and its embrace of the Liberal Arts; the sacred pilgrimage and the importance of the cults of the Virgin Mary and St. Mary Magdalene; the use of astronomical calculations in the design, orientation, and location of medieval cathedrals; the embrace of the teachings of Pythagoras, classical Greek philosophers, and the later Neo-Platonists. Gothic Cathedrals is a fascinating showcase of the mystic and spiritual symbolism found in these great structures of Europe and beautifully details how these cathedrals served as healing shrines. Also included is information to help modern readers visit these sites and share in the energy of the Sacred they continue to radiate.
Lake Worth, FL : Ibis press, 2015.
372 pages : color illustrations ; 26 cm.
Includes bibliographical references (pages 350-360) and index.
Machine generated contents note: ch. 1 Gothic Cathedrals -- ch. 2 Uses of a Cathedral -- ch. 3 Medieval Stonemasons and Guilds -- ch. 4 East Meets West -- ch. 5 Geometry, Mazes, and Labyrinths -- ch. 6 Wonders of Light -- ch. 7 Bejewelled Wonders in Stained Glass -- ch. 8 Sculpted Marvels in Stone and Wood -- ch. 9 "On the Road": Medieval Journeys -- ch. 10 "For Pilgrims Are We All".
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LocationCollectionCall numberStatus/Desc
Beaumaris LibraryArt and Craft726.6094 RALAvailable