Heaven on Earth: The Lives and Legacies of the World’s Greatest Cathedrals
Tuesday 4 October
St. Mary’s Church
A glorious, illustrated history of sixteen of the world's greatest cathedrals, interwoven with the extraordinary stories of the people who built them.
The emergence of the Gothic in twelfth-century France, an architectural style characterized by pointed arches, rib vaults, flying buttresses, large windows, and elaborate tracery, triggered an explosion of cathedral-building across western Europe.
It is this remarkable flowering of ecclesiastical architecture that forms the central core of Emma Wells’ authoritative but accessible study of the golden age of the cathedral.
More than architectural biographies, these are human stories of triumph and tragedy that take the reader from the chaotic atmosphere of the mason's yard to the cloisters of power. Together, they reveal how one thousand years of cathedral-building shaped modern Europe, and influenced art, culture, and society around the world.