Durham Cathedral

History, Fabric, and Culture

Edited by David Brown

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March 10, 2015
602 pages, 9 1/2 x 11 1/4
200 color + 200 b/w illus.
ISBN: 9780300208184
Cloth

Published for the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art

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.
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.

‘Some 30 experts contribute essays on the architectural and artistic fabric of the building, as well as on its historical use, spiritual significance, and role as a centre of learning; the book’s rich mixture of new photography and archival images does its scholarship justice.’—Apollo.

‘I can give no higher praise than to say the book is worthy of its subject.’—Very Revd. Dr. John Arnold, Church Times.
 

‘The bench of contributors is estimable and the range of subjects is remarkable.’—Jonathan Wright, the Tablet.
 

‘This volume draws together a very broad array of recent research. It’s range is progidious, stretching from the conception of the physical building… to it’s intellectual, liturgical and spiritual context’—Gabriel Byng, TLS.
 
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