Abbeys and cathedrals are hugely appealing to all who love history, architecture, archaeology and heritage. They are among the most visited sites and buildings in the United Kingdom and abound in historical interest. Newcomers to the study of abbeys and cathedrals as well as more experienced researchers will find "Stephen Friar's Companion" essential reading. Informative, knowledgeable and wide-ranging, it contains over 1,200 entries. If you are not sure just what an 'ambulatory' is, or just when and how the great cathedrals passed from monastic to secular use, this is the book you need. Entries cover the history and development of abbeys and cathedrals from the Anglo-Saxon period to the present; monasticism, life in a monastery, monastic estates; canons and collegiate foundations; masons, glaziers, architects; furnishings, symbolism; relics, shrines, pilgrims; music, choirs; the parts of an abbey or cathedral; the history of reform movements and their effects on abbeys and cathedrals; the new cathedrals of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries; the restoration of Roman Catholic dioceses and their cathedrals - and many more topics.
In addition, the Companion is lavishly illustrated and has an index, lists of addresses and further reading, making it the complete reference work for anyone interested in abbeys and cathedrals.
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(244mm x 172mm x 10mm)
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Author Biography - Stephen Friar
Stephen Friar is a writer and researcher specialising in history, heraldry and genealogy. His previous books include Heraldry, The Companion to Local History, The Sutton Companion to Churches and The Sutton Companion to Castles, all published by Sutton.