Durham Cathedral History, Fabric and Culture David Brown

Series:
The Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art
Format:
Hardback
Publication date:
26 Mar 2015
ISBN:
9780300208184
Imprint:
Yale University Press
Dimensions:
602 pages: 286 x 241 x 43mm
Illustrations:
200 color + 200 b/w illus.

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For over a millennium, Durham has occupied a central place in English religious history, with its Norman rebuilding (1093--1133) marking it as an internationally significant masterpiece in the history of architecture. Its setting, perched on a peninsula formed by a bend in the River Wear, adds to the visual drama of the building. This monumental volume offers a comprehensive account, with contributions by a team of 30 experts, on the founding, development, building, and decoration of this magnificent and important edifice. The accessible essays gathered here approach Durham Cathedral from a wide variety of fields and vantage points, including liturgy, music, stained-glass decoration, and book collecting. Lavishly illustrated, the book includes both archival and new photography, and reproductions of representations in all media of the cathedral throughout history. Taken together, this landmark publication is a celebration of Durham Cathedral's enormous historical, spiritual, cultural, and architectural significance.

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David Brown is Wardlaw Professor of Theology, Aesthetics, and Culture at the University of St. Andrews, and was formerly a canon of Durham Cathedral and Van Mildert Professor of Divinity at Durham University.

'The life as well as the liturgy of the cathedral is celebrated in photographs... This is a story told by 30 contributors, all witness to the pride of the place cathedrals retain in the community.' –Marcus Binney, The Times