Heaven on Earth: The Lives and Legacies of the World's Greatest Cathedrals

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Heaven on Earth: The Lives and Legacies of the World's Greatest Cathedrals

Heaven on Earth: The Lives and Legacies of the World's Greatest Cathedrals

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They were built to embody the celestial city itself while also transporting the faithful towards it: it’s surely more than coincidence that the term ‘nave’ derives from the Latin navis, or ‘ship’. It is accepted by you that Daunt Books has no control over additional charges in relation to customs clearance.

Scene Three: Chartres, France, William me Breton described the growing cathedral’s vaults as bringing to ‘look like the shell of a tortoise’ referring to the higher vaults and a longer and wider nave than any other in Christendom. Known today for its midsummer music festival, throughout the medieval era Glastonbury had been better known for having the largest monastic foundation in all England. Thanks to the expertise and insight Emma provides in this episode, we are also able to uncover some of the secrets and stories of these beautiful buildings that might otherwise pass us by. William offered him as many trees from a nearby royal wood as Walkelin’s carpenters could cut in three days. Wells, a historian, broadcaster and author of Heaven on Earth: The Lives and Legacies of the World’s Greatest Cathedrals.Next we head west to witness the building of Salisbury Cathedral, after it is moved from its original location in ‘Old Sarum’, where it was hidden away on top of a bleak and windy hill, inside a forbidding Norman fortress. And it has the immense labour of unnamed men and women – not always willingly given – without which nothing could have been built at all.

Over a million people from across the globe are welcomed through the doors at Canterbury every year. And that’s just three of the many ecclesiastical building projects going up across England at more or less the same time.A glorious illustrated history of sixteen of the world's greatest cathedrals, interwoven with the extraordinary stories of the people who built them. It is this remarkable flowering of ecclesiastical architecture that forms the central core of Emma Wells's authoritative but accessible study of the golden age of the cathedral.

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