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Gothic Cathedrals

A Guide to the History, Places, Art and Symbolism

By: Karen Ralls

Price: CAD $35.95

Publisher: Ibis Press

Imprint: Ibis Press

288 Pages

10 X 7 X 0.7 ins

ISBN:  9780892541737 -- Paperback

Publication Date: 01/29/2015

From the 12th century through the 16th centuries, the Gothic architectural style spread throughout Europe. Several hundred churches and other public buildings were built, many of which stand to this day. Gothic architecture left its legacy of meticulous building techniques and the infusion of illuminating interior space through extensive use of stained glass. Its design criteria convey a palpable awareness of the vast power of time and place.
Famed medievalist Dr. Karen Ralls explores the legacy of this exquisite architectural period, whose artistic beauty and expert craftsmanship have served for centuries to inspire feelings of spiritual reverence and aesthetic wonder. Religious devotees, pilgrims, artists, scholars, and craftspeople have marvelled at the interweaving of mathematical mastery and skilled workmanship in these magnificent edifices.
Gothic Cathedrals is a fascinating showcase of the mystic and spiritual symbolism found in these great structures of Europe and beautifully details how these cathedrals served as healing shrines. Also included is information to help modern readers visit these sites and share in the energy of the Sacred they continue to radiate.


Karen Ralls, PhD, is a renowned medieval historian who obtained her doctorate from the University of Edinburgh and a past Deputy Curator of the Rosslyn Chapel Museum art exhibition (1996-2001). She has appeared in TV documentaries for The History Channel, Discovery, and National Geographic. Dr. Ralls is an international conference speaker, sacred sites tour guide, and workshop presenter. Visit her at www.ancientquest.com.



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