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PARISH CHURCH TREASURES: THE NATION'S GREATEST ART COLLECTION. John Goodall. Bloomsbury Continuum, Bloomsbury Publishing, London, 2015. 304 pp. with 210 col. ills. 24 x 16 cm. ISBN 9781472917638 In English.
Publisher's description: English parish churches constitute a living patrimony without European parallel. Their cultural riches are astonishing, not only for their quality and quantity, but also their diversity and interest. Fine art and architecture combine unpredictably with the functional, the curious, and the naive, from prehistory to the present day. Because church treasures usually remain in the buildings they were created for, when properly interpreted they tell from thousands of local perspectives the history of the nation, its people, and their changing religious observance. John Goodall's weekly series in Country Life has celebrated particular objects in or around churches that are of outstanding artistic, social, or historical importance, to underline both the intrinsic interest of parish churches and the insights that they and their contents offer into English history of every period. Parish Church Treasures incorporates and significantly expands this material to tell afresh the remarkable history of the parish church. It celebrates the special character of churches as places to visit while providing an authoritative and up-to-date history at a time when the use and upkeep of these buildings and the care of their contents is highly contentious.
Indexing: Western, Europe — Great Britain — Several Periods — Architecture, Several Media
Plans: 73
Worldwide Number: 168379
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