St Paul's: The Cathedral Church of London, 604-2004

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The present St Paul's Cathedral, Christopher Wren's masterpiece, is the fourth religious building to occupy the site. Its location in the heart of the capital reflects its importance in the English church while the photographs of it burning during the Blitz forms one of the most powerful and familiar images of London during recent times. This substantial and richly illustrated study, published to mark the 1,400th anniversary of St Paul's, presents 42 scholarly contributions which approach the cathedral from a range of perspectives. All are supported by photographs, illustrations and plans of the exterior and interior of St Paul's, both past and present. Eight essays discuss the history of St Paul's, demonstrating the role of the cathedral in the formation of England's church and state from the 7th century onwards; nine essays examine the organisation and function of the cathedral during the Middle Ages, looking at, for example, the arrangement of the precinct, the tombs, the Dean's household during the 15th century, the liturgy and the archaeology. The remaining papers examine many aspects of Wren's cathedral, including its construction, fittings and embellishments, its estates and income, music and rituals, its place in London, its library, its role in the book trade and its reputation.
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Editorial Reviews

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“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.” —Lisa Jardine, Times (London)

“Every essay is of interest, none is off-puttingly technical, and the book is sumptuously and informatively illustrated.”—Eamon Duffy, Sunday Telegraph

Christopher Schoppa
Over 40 scholars and experts provide essays on subjects ranging from liturgy to decoration to social history, all placed in the context of broad historical surveys. These include the wholesale rebuilding of the church after each of the three Great Fires of London, in 962, 1087 and 1666. The last led to the appointment of Sir Christopher Wren as the architect of the St. Paul's that stands today, reputedly the only cathedral designed, built and completed in a single architect's lifetime.
— The Washington Post
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780300092769
  • Publisher: Yale University Press
  • Publication date: 7/28/2004
  • Pages: 554
  • Product dimensions: 10.18 (w) x 13.12 (h) x 1.67 (d)

Meet the Author

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.

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Table of Contents

Pt. 1 Historical overview
1 St Paul's as St Paul's 1
2 Before St Paul's 2
3 Foundation and endowment : St Paul's and the English kingdoms, 604-1087 5
4 From conquest to capital : St Paul's c.1100-1300 17
5 Cathedral, city and state, 1300-1540 33
6 Community, city and nation, 1540-1714 45
7 History, 1714-1830 71
8 From 1830 to the present 84
Pt. 2 Up to the reformation
9 The cult of saints and the liturgy 113
10 The archaeology of the cathedral 123
11 Fabric, tombs and precinct, 1087-1540 127
12 Estates and income, 1066-1540 143
13 Historical writing at St Paul's 151
14 The lesser clergy in the later Middle Ages 157
15 Fraternities : a case study of the Jesus guild 162
16 The Chantry chapel Of Roger Of Waltham 164
17 The household and daily life of the dean in the fifteenth century 167
Pt. 3 From the reformation to the present
18 The fabric to 1670 171
19 Wren and the new cathedral 191
20 The construction of the new cathedral 207
21 Fittings and liturgy in post-fire St Paul's 220
22 Embellishment and decoration, 1696-1900 233
23 Decoration, furnishings and art since 1900 258
24 The post-reformation monuments 269
25 Conservation of the fabric 293
26 Estates and income, 1540-1714 304
27 Music, 1540-1640 312
28 Images of St Paul's 317
29 Estates and income, 1714-2004 335
30 Preaching Anglicanism at St Paul's, 1688-1800 343
31 Liturgy, 1714-2004 352
32 St Paul's and the public culture of eighteenth-century Britain 363
33 St Paul's and its parishes, 1750-1870 372
34 National occasions at St Paul's since 1800 381
35 Music, 1660-1800 392
36 Orchestras in the new cathedral 399
37 Music, 1800-2002 403
38 The library and archives to 1897 413
39 The library 1897-2004 427
40 St Paul's precinct and the book trade to 1800 430
41 The precinct and setting of St Paul's from the nineteenth century 439
42 The reputation of St Paul's 451
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