English Victorian Churches
Architecture, Faith, & Revival
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Publisher: John Hudson Publishing
Number of Pages: 240
Width: 18.9 cm
Height: 24.6 cm
Victorian churches were often of high quality, reflecting in physical terms the intense theological debates of the time. This highly-illustrated book by a leading authority describes many of the finest examples. Many churches were built in England during the reign of Queen Victoria: most were in various varieties of Gothic Revival. Often exquisitely furnished, they were visible expressions of the presence and importance of religion at the time. Their architectural qualities reflected aspirations of clergy, laity, and individual benefactors. The finest were the results of passionate commitment to an architecture soundly based on scholarly studies known as Ecclesiology. James Stevens Curl places English churches of the period in their complex social and denominational settings, giving comprehensive accounts of the religious atmosphere and controversies of the times. He charts the progress and development of the Gothic Revival, explains differences in the architecture of various denominations, outlines the influences of the chief protagonists involved, and describes the demands made on craftsmen and industry to produce the materials, furnishings, and fittings necessary in making some of the finest buildings ever created in England. He reveals something of the individuals and events that shaped the religious climate of the epoch, while specially commissioned illustrations reveal the rich variety found in Victorian churches.
Beautifully illustrated study that makes a valuable contribution to the recognition of Catholic churches. -- Elena Curti * THE TABLET * [The book] can be read as a work of scholarship; one that spans two distinct but related disciplines, namely Victorian church architecture and nineteenth-century ecclesiology. As an authoritative survey and critique of the finest examples of nineteenth-century English church building, it would be difficult to better. -- Graham Cunningham * Journal of Victorian Culture * A very full and eloquent guide ... The architectural theories are clearly set in the developing ideas-aesthetic and ecclesiastical-of the time. -- Selby Whittingham * THE JACKDAW * Illustrated with large numbers of excellent colour images, it sets churches of the period in historical context and crosses the denominational divides that so often obscure an overall understanding of what was going on. It is a timely reminder of the extraordinary riches of English church buildings. -- John Goodall * COUNTRY LIFE * We should be grateful that Professor Curl and John Hudson Publishing have produced such an attractive book between them. -- Michael Hodges * Catholic Herald * Curl has produced the best study to date of Victorian church architecture and has been well served by his publisher: the book is a model of clear and elegant design, well served by a high standard of production. -- Kenneth Powell * New Directions * Curl is as expert in dealing with the doctrinal traditions...... Curl's knowledge is breath-taking.... Curl has strong views and doesn't pull punches.... -- Bernard Richards * Oxford Magazine * This is an enriching read, replete with a full glossary (including pocket essays on "Gothic" and "Gothic Revival") and excellent illustrations. It's worth singling out the physical qualities of this book, too. In an age in which limp and drear print-on-demand books become ever more common, this carefully designed and well-made volume is a pleasure. -- Roger Bowdler * The Critic *