The Treasures of Westminster Abbey celebrates an iconic building and its rich artistic heritage. The Abbey, one of Britain's greatest medieval buildings and among the best-known churches in the world, has a history stretching back over a thousand years. Founded as a Benedictine monastery in the mid-tenth century and with the shrine of its principal royal founder, St EdwardThe Treasures of Westminster Abbey celebrates an iconic building and its rich artistic heritage. The Abbey, one of Britain's greatest medieval buildings and among the best-known churches in the world, has a history stretching back over a thousand years. Founded as a Benedictine monastery in the mid-tenth century and with the shrine of its principal royal founder, St Edward the Confessor, at its heart, it is also the coronation church where monarchs have been crowned amid great splendour since 1066. The present church, begun by Henry III in 1245, was planned with that in mind and is a treasure house of architectural and artistic achievement on which each succeeding century has left its mark. Seventeen out of the thirty-nine sovereigns crowned in Westminster Abbey also lie buried within its walls. Their medieval and Renaissance tombs, though among the most important in Europe, form only a small part of the extraordinary collection of gravestones, memorials and monumental sculpture for which the Abbey has long been famous and which is comprehensively surveyed in this lavishly illustrated book. Many of the most significant individuals in British history are remembered here: royalty and aristocracy, clergy and politicians, writers, scientists and musicians. Ranging from the thirteenth-century shrine of St Edward and the Renaissance splendour of Henry VII's Lady Chapel, to the literary memorials of Poets' Corner and the statues of Twentieth Century Martyrs on the Abbey's west front, The Treasures of Westminster Abbey describes the stained glass, furniture, sculpture, textiles, wall paintings and many other historic artifacts found within this remarkable church....
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Treasures of Westminster Abbey Reviews
I'd just visited Westminster Abbey and picked this up as a remembrance. It was a great account full of beautiful pictures. Worth a read for anyone interested in British history.About MeFor those new to me or my reviews... here's the scoop: I read A LOT. I write A LOT. And now I blog A LOT. First the book review goes on Goodreads, and then I send it on over to my WordPress blog at https://thisismytruthnow.com, where you'll also find TV & Film reviews, the revealing and introspective 365 Daily Challenge and lots of blogging about places I've visited all over the world. And you can find all my social media profiles to get the details on the who/what/when/where and my pictures. Leave a comment and let me know what you think. Vote in the poll and ratings. Thanks for stopping by. Note: All written content is my original creation and copyrighted to me, but the graphics and images were linked from other sites and belong to them. Many thanks to their original creators.
One of the coolest things included in this book are maps. I mean, maps are cool all on their own, but these are maps that show where each described monument or burial is located by way of a corresponding number at the end of many of those descriptions. Being a visual person, it helped me to remember in even more detail about my visit to Westminster.This is a substantial book, with a decent amount of history, though more about the architecture than the people connected to that and the place itself. I found myself googling about some of the people included, especially those with shorter entries. If you're not up on your architectural lingo, you'll probably be googling some of that, too. I know I did a few times.We have traced our family tree back to the likes of Mary Queen of Scots, and it was pretty much breathtaking to have seen her final resting place in person. This book will forever aid in bolstering my memory of that experience.I do wish there was more personal, as opposed to architectural, history included. And I definitely would have enjoyed more full page photographs, as well. I mean, it's Westminster, do it justice. ;)I bought this book in the Abbey gift shop, as you're not permitted to take pictures inside, knowing I wanted something besides my own memories of my visit. If you've been and want the same, this will fit the bill. If you don't think you'll ever get there, this will definitely give you a healthy feel for the place. If you do plan on going, let that be your initial experience, then by the book. :)
I purchased this book at Westminster Abbey. It is a wonderful companion to the Abbey. I find it outstanding the history in this one building and all the people from history who are buried there.
The photography in this book was exquisite. But the book turned out to be not what I expected. It really is more of a recitation of the plaques and memorials throughout the Abbey, which can become a bit boring to read. There are some very famous people buried there, and memorialized there, but there are also many, many who are probably insignificant to history and to readers, unless they are your ancestors or you are a historian. The one thing I wished had been provided was a better layout of each section of floor plan or building in each separate chapter or section. When the chapters discussed layout and architectural changes, it was hard to imagine them and a layout would have been helpful. I consider this to be more a reference book than anything else.