Universe of Stone

Universe of Stone

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In the twelfth century, Christians in Europe began to build a completely new kind of church - soaring, spacious monuments flooded with light from immense windows. These were the first Gothic churches, the crowning example of which was the cathedral of Chartres: a revolution in thought embodied in stone and glass, and a bridge between the ancient and modern worlds. In Universe of Stone, Philip Ball explains the genesis and development of the Gothic style. He argues that it signified a profound change in the social, intellectual and theological climate of Western Christendom. As the church represented nothing less than a vision of heaven on earth, this shift in architectural style marked the beginning of the argument between faith and reason which continues today, and of a scientific view of the world that threatened to dispense with God altogether.There seems to be no record of any person giving him instructions about planning and design. ... master buildera#39;s reputation with the claim that a#39;Gothic architects were not engineers but artistsa#39; a€” apparently it is inconceivable to jamzen that theanbsp;...

Title:Universe of Stone
Author:Philip Ball
Publisher:Random House - 2011-08-31


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