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

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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.

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"[Ball] has a knack for translating difficult concepts into lucid prose: he offers a refreshingly sceptical guided tour of Chartres Cathedral and the intellectual contents that helped produce it" ( Daily Telegraph)

"Lucid and resplendent...a model of explanatory writing" (John Carey Sunday Times)

"Consistently and healthily sceptical ... an intelligent, enjoyable and well-produced book which deserves a wide audience" ( Times Literary Supplement)

"An original and imaginative synthesis of art history and history of science" ( History Today)

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Book Description Vintage. 1 Paperback(s), 2009. soft. Book Condition: New. In the 12th century, Christians in Europe began to design soaring, spacious monuments flooded with light from immense windows; these were the first Gothic churches, and the crowning example was the cathedral of Chartres. In this "lucid and resplendent" (Sunday Times [UK]) history, the author of The Invisible explains the genesis and development of the Gothic style, arguing that it signified a profound change in the social, intellectual, and theological climate of Western Christendom. As cathedrals represented a vision of heaven on earth, Philip Ball suggests, this shift in architectural form and function marked the beginning of the argument between faith and reason that continues today."[Ball] has a knack for translating difficult concepts into lucid prose: he offers a refreshingly skeptical guided tour of Chartres Cathedral and the intellectual contents that helped produce it"óDaily Telegraph 326. Bookseller Inventory # 63663

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