The Master Masons of Chartres
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208 Pages

24.6 x 18.9 cm

116 b/w illus.

Imprint: West Grinstead Publications

The Master Masons of Chartres

by John E. James

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James' analysis of Chartres is likely to be the best and most detailed we shall have.' JOURNAL OF ARCHITECTURAL HISTORIANS
The great cathedral of Chartres is the most impressive and exciting building surviving from themiddle ages, andis preserved almost intact. Yet we know nothing of the men who created it. John James, in this masterpiece of detection, shows how he came to identify the master masons from the stones themselves. His meticulous `reading' of the cathedral has revealed much about those men: how they solved problems of engineering and design, how they raised two-ton stones forty metres into the air, and how one mason controlled over 300 men in this gigantic workshop.
JOHN JAMES is an Australian architect. His first visit to Chartres, in 1969, led to a continuing passion for the early Gothic buildings of northern France, and he has been `reading their stones' ever since.

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9780646008059

January 1982

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Title Details

208 Pages

2.46 x 1.89 cm

116 b/w illus.

Imprint: West Grinstead Publications