How to Build a Cathedral

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Gothic cathedrals are astonishing feats of construction and engineering, from a period before steel frames and machine tools, breathtaking in their scale and grandeur even hundreds of years after these historic symbols of the Christian faith were built. Focusing on the golden age of cathedral construction, How to Build a Cathedral looks at each element of the structure in turn, from the ground plan to the topping out of the spire, and explains the medieval building process in ...

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Overview

Gothic cathedrals are astonishing feats of construction and engineering, from a period before steel frames and machine tools, breathtaking in their scale and grandeur even hundreds of years after these historic symbols of the Christian faith were built. Focusing on the golden age of cathedral construction, How to Build a Cathedral looks at each element of the structure in turn, from the ground plan to the topping out of the spire, and explains the medieval building process in detail.

With text by a leading architectural historian, and sidebars telling the stories of the men behind the stones, this information-packed volume is an illuminating portrait of the genius of the medieval architect.

# Explores and explains the building of these masterpieces from the ground plan to raising the spire.

# Beautiful engravings, specially commissioned illustrations, and vertical foldout pages allow a detailed examination of cathedral construction.

# A sixteen-page color section enhances the appreciation of medieval building techniques, stained glass, and colored stonework.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781435139640
  • Publisher: Sterling
  • Publication date: 9/24/2012
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 10.24 (w) x 11.14 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Malcolm Hislop is an archaeological consultant with over 30 years’ experience in the investigation and interpretation of historic buildings. He is an expert on the architectural works of the fourteenth-century master builder, John Lewyn of Durham. Hislop regularly writes about medieval buildings for academic journals, and has a particular interest in the process of design and construction in the Middle Ages. His publications include Medieval Masons (2000 and 2010) and John Lewyn of Durham: A Medieval Mason in Practice (2007).

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 20, 2013

    Very, very insightful. Loved the detailed explanations and illus

    Very, very insightful. Loved the detailed explanations and illustrations.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 1, 2013

    If you enjoyed David Macaulay's "Cathedral," the simpl

    If you enjoyed David Macaulay's "Cathedral," the simplified and illustrated story of the building of a fictional medieval cathedral, then reading "How to Build a Cathedral" should be your next step.
    The author tells the actual story of the building and evolution of these wonderful structures. As a tour-de-force, it is illustrated largely with classic black and white engravings that do a surprisingly good job on even technical points.
    The limited color illustrations show nicely the uses of stained glass windows as well as some of the original colors now stripped from the structures by time or reformist fervor.
    A beautiful binding and several foldouts showing details of the church towers just add to the enjoyment. Thank you Malcolm Hislop for this book

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