Universe of Stone : Chartres Cathedral and the Triumph of the Medieval Mind Paperback
by Philip Ball
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.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 336 pages, Illustrations, maps
- Publisher: Vintage Publishing
- Publication Date: 30/04/2009
- Category: Religious buildings
- ISBN: 9780099499442