Canterbury Cathedral, at the heart of the Church in England since the arrival of Augustine in Kent in 597 C.E., is remarkable for its extent, beauty and importance, for the variety of its architectural styles and the many structural changes which it has undergone over the years. In this 1845 work, the Reverend Robert Willis, who was Jacksonian Professor of the University of Cambridge, reproduces historical accounts of the destruction and rebuilding of the cathedral, for example by the monk and chronicler Gervase of Canterbury on the disastrous fire in 1174. He connects these sources to his own informed opinions and interpretations of the historical documents, and includes many illustrative wood engravings to aid the discussion. The modern reader will obtain a great insight into the motives that dictated such changes of plan and structure of this incredible building.
Table of Contents
Preface; Introduction; 1. The architectural history of Canterbury Cathedral, from the earliest period to the year 1130, translated from the works of Edmer the singer, and others; 2. On the plan and arrangement of the Saxon Cathedral; 3. Gervase his History of the Burning and Repair of the Church of Canterbury; 4. On the church of Lanfranc; 5. The works of Ernulf and the two Williams; 6. The history of the choir from the twelfth century; 7. History of the nave, tower, and western transepts from the end of the twelfth century; 8. The monuments. List of the archbishops. Explanation of the plan and section. List of dated examples of architectural works. List of the principal works and editions referred to. Additional notes and corrections.