The History of England's Cathedrals (Paperback)

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The first history of all the English cathedrals, from Birmingham and Bury St Edmunds to Worcester and York Minster
England’s sixty-two Anglican and Catholic cathedrals are some of our most iconic buildings, attracting millions of worshippers and visitors every year. Yet although much has been written about their architecture, there is no complete history of their life and activities. This is the first such book to provide one, stretching from Roman times to the present day.
The History of England’s Cathedrals explains where and why they were founded, who staffed them, and how their structures evolved. It describes their worship and how this changed over the centuries, their schools and libraries, and their links with the outside world.
The history of these astonishing buildings is the history of England. Reading this book will bring you face to face with the Anglo-Saxons, Vikings, Normans, Reformation, Civil War, Victorian England, World War Two, and finally modern democracy.

About the Author

Nicholas Orme is emeritus professor of history at Exeter University. He has written more than thirty books on the religious and social history of England, including Medieval Children, Tudor Children, and Going to Church in Medieval England, which was shortlisted for the Wolfson History Prize.

Praise For…

“A detailed, chronological discussion of cathedral architecture and, more broadly, [the] forms of worship, the roles of the clergy, the activities of the laypeople. . . . As Mr. Orme makes clear, cathedrals in England . . . remain active centers of religious life. While some . . . may have shed their Gothic dress, for the most part the English cathedral endures in its essential form.”—Benjamin Riley, Wall Street Journal

“The Cathedrals of England are institutions older than the realm itself, and are perhaps more cherished and flourishing now than they have ever been, as this richly enjoyable volume makes clear. There can be no-one better qualified than Nicholas Orme to present the full range of their long history.”—Diarmaid MacCulloch, author of A History of Christianity

“Clear, accessible, and superbly illustrated, this book should be essential reading for visitors to English cathedrals. The book has no rival in serious and accessible literature. Anyone interested in cathedrals should have it on their shelves.”David Rollason, author of The Power of Place

Product Details
ISBN: 9780300275483
ISBN-10: 030027548X
Publisher: Yale University Press
Publication Date: February 6th, 2024
Pages: 320
Language: English