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Universe of Stone: Chartres Cathedral and the Triumph of the Medieval Mind

-By Philip Ball

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Establishes Chartres Cathedral's iconic role in Europe's history: a revolution in thought embodied in stone and glass, a philosophy made concrete through the cooperation of theologians, craftsmen and engineers. This work shows us that there are other ways of seeing the world. It reveals the complex workings of the medieval mind.

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. short..

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ISBN-13 9780099499442
Publisher Vintage
Imprint Vintage
Number of Pages 336
Publication Date 30042009
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Binding Paperback