Ships Of Heaven

Ships Of Heaven: The Private Life of Britain’s Cathedrals

Non-Fiction, History & Politics, British History
Paperback Published on: 19/03/2020
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‘Somerville is one of our finest gazetteers of the British countryside. He brings his formidable knowledge to bear on his personal quest to explore the cathedrals in this entrancing book’
The Spectator
Christopher Somerville, author of the acclaimed The January Man, pictured cathedrals as great unmoving bastions of tradition. But as he journeys among Britian’s favourites, old and new, he discovers buildings and communities that have been in constant upheaval for a thousand years. Here are stories of the monarchs and bishops who ordered the construction of these buildings, the masons whose genius brought them into being, and the peasants who worked and died on the scaffolding. We learn of rogue saints exploited by holy sinners, the pomp and prosperity that followed these ships of stone, the towns that grew up in their shadows.

Meeting believers and non-believers, architects and archaeologists, the cleaner who dusts the monuments and the mason who judges stone by its taste, we delve deep into the private lives and the uncertain future of these ever-voyaging Ships of Heaven.

‘Somerville paints word pictures of exquisite quality’
Church Times

  • Publisher: Transworld Publishers Ltd
  • ISBN: 9780857523655
  • Number of pages: 368
  • Weight: 251g
  • Dimensions: 198 x 127 x 22 mm

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Ships Of Heaven
Angels in the Architecture
Christpher Somerfield jauntily circumnavigates some of the finest ports of the UK's cathedral building past, bringing to life these majestic leviathans tha... READ MORE
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Ships Of Heaven
Very Interesting
A thoroughly interesting book, describing both the history and people behind the making of many UK cathedrals. The author also meets with some of the inter... READ MORE

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