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

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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.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
“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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