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Gothic Cathedral, The, by Von Simson, Otto
Paperback, 368 pages
Published July 21st 1988 by Princeton University Press (first published January 1st 1974)
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Barnaby Thieme
Von Simson's "The Gothic Cathedral" is a profound and deeply illuminating exploration of the cultural, religious, and aesthetic factors that shaped the development of those magnificent cathedrals of France beginning in the mid-twelfth century. In the light of his extensive preperatory analysis of medieval aesthetics and theology, he delves into two case studies, Abbott Suger's St.-Denis in the outskirts of present-day Paris, and the Notre Dame Cathedral of Chartres. The former cathedral is the f ...more
Kathryn
Only read this if you are really, REALLY into Gothic architecture. Otherwise, I'm sure there are more accessable books about famous Gothic cathedrals.
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