"St Paul's: The Cathedral Church of London, 604-2004" by Derek Keene

St Paul's: The Cathedral Church of London, 604-2004 Derek Keene, Arthur Burns, Andrew Saint

Publication date:
11 Jul 2004
Yale University Press
554 pages: 305 x 248mm
150 b/w + 220 color illus.

St Paul’s is unique among English cathedrals for its association with the richest city in the realm and with the secular and political life of the capital. At the same time it has been a lively site of devotion, often innovative in liturgy, music, and decoration, and sometimes at the heart of conflict between opposing views. The story of St Paul’s offers many insights into the history of England as a whole and into the part played by religion in both private and public life.

This magnificent book—the first comprehensive history of St Paul’s Cathedral in thirty years—opens with a series of historical overviews of the cathedral, of the people associated with it, and of its religious, social, and political significance, from its foundation to the present. Additional essays investigate various topics related to the successive cathedrals on the site, and many well-chosen illustrations underline these themes and present the splendid features of the cathedral as it is today.

Derek Keene is Leverhulme Professor of Comparative Metropolitan History at the Institute of Historical Research at the University of London. Arthur Burns is senior lecturer in modern British history at King’s College London. Andrew Saint is professor of architecture at the University of Cambridge.

'Fascinating...an utterly compelling new book... The illustrations, some familiar, many more shown here for the first time, are stunning, though one almost hesitates to say so, as this is so much more than a picture book... This book is what Wren and his family wanted: a lasting monument worthy of the man and of his emblematic building.' - The Times '[A] visually delicious book...a distinguished roll call of academics and experts have risen to the challenge of creating a very serious history for a wide audience.' - BBC History Magazine 'Every essay is of interest, none is off-puttingly technical, and the book is sumptuously and informatively illusrated.' - The Sunday Telegraph '...a volume of such splendour and scholarly weight...that it is almost impossible to do it justice.' - Country Life 'What can [St Paul's] mean to a multi-faith society? If the answers are anywhere they are in the 500-odd sumptuous pages of Yale's new reference book...with a volume of this weight in scholarship equal to its weight in pounds and ounces, there should hardly be need for another such book in our lifetime' - Hampstead and Highgate Express 'Lavishly illustrated and annotated, it is a major work of reference and a fascinating history of an institution that has represented England to the world for more than a millennium' - Listed Heritage 'The scope equals that of the best recent books on Cathedrals' -The Church Times 'This is a sumptuous and appropriately weighty collection of papers, many of which make a substantial new contribution to our knowledge of London's mother church' - The Burlington Magazine 'This is a wonderful and wonderfully large gallimaufry of a book, as befits its subject - The World of Interiors '...a magnificent volume' - The Times 'the high level of scholarship, as well as its comprehensiveness and the evident quality of its production suggest that it will find an audience amongst architectural historians and general-interest readers alike' - The AA Files 'The combination of specialised scholarship with stunning illustrations is a winning formula which serves to amplify our admiration, awe and amazement for every aspect of the cathedral... If the object of this book is to inspire the reader to return to St Paul's to get to know it better, this has been achieved. If its object is to increase awareness of the unique role of St Paul's in the nation's life, this too is successful. As an ode to the survival and continuity of the foundation...the book does full justice to its subject.' - Transactions of the Ancient Monuments Society