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The Cathedrals of England (World of Art)

Alec Clifton-Taylor

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'Alec Clifton-Taylor brilliantly explores and analyses (by period and style) the evolving pattern of our medieval cathedrals … the result is the most enjoyable and stimulating introduction to the subject that I have yet encountered' Daily Telegraph


This exhilarating study focuses on some of the most exciting and groundbreaking manifestations of English architectural genius.

With great verve and learning, Alec Clifton-Taylor leads us through nine centuries of English cathedral architecture and decoration, from their Norman beginnings through the flowering of Gothic to the concrete and metal structures of the twentieth century.

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'[Alec Clifton-Taylor's] characteristically personal approach, with its strongly held and strongly expressed opinions, blows a lot of cobwebs off a subject that might seem to have been over-explored already'
Times Literary Supplement

'Informed and enthusiastic'
The Architectural Review

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Book Details

Format: Paperback

Edition Type: Revised Edition

Size: 21.0 x 14.9 cm

Extent: 288 pp

Illustrations: 203

Publication date: 6 November 1967

ISBN: 9780500200629

Contents List

Foreword • 1. The Masterworks of English Architecture • 2. The General Aspect of England's Cathedrals • 3. The Norman Period • 4. The Earliest Cathedral Gothic • 5. The Maturity of Early English • 6. The Beginnings of Decorated • 7. The Flowering of Decorated • 8. Perpendicular • 9. The Protestant Reaction • 10. The Last Hundred Years • Notes, Visiting the Cathedrals: Summaries and Plans, Glossary

About the Author

Alec Clifton-Taylor, OBE was an English architectural historian, writer and TV broadcaster.

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