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Chartres and the Birth of the Cathedral

Revised Edition
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World Wisdom
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February, 2010
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9781933316772
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$29.95 CAD
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Chartres Cathedral is one of the undisputed jewels of medieval Christianity. Throughout its distinguished 800-year history it has been witness to many miracles, while its steep Gothic spires, splendid statuary, and magnificent stained glass windows have lost none of their ability to inspire wonder, reverence, and awe in visiting pilgrims. Author of more than a dozen books, Titus Burckhardt (1908–1984) was a leading member of the “Perennialist” or “Traditionalist” school of comparative religious thought and he was also an acknowledged expert on the sacred art of the East and West.

The purpose of the present work is to evoke as authentically as possible the spiritual climate in which the Gothic cathedral was born… My aim is to show how the Gothic cathedral was the final fruit to ripen on the tree of an ancient tradition.

This new and revised edition of Titus Burckhardt’s masterpiece, Chartres and the Birth of the Cathedral, is a richly coloured window onto the lofty intellectual and spiritual climate that conceived the marvel that is Gothic architecture. The book’s visual beauty resonates with its subject perfectly. Featuring a new Foreword from John James, a world authority of Chartres Cathedral, as well as many new and stunning illustrations, it cannot fail to inspire the sensitive reader to become a pilgrim to the noble sanctuary of Chartres itself.

“In the course of describing the stained glass windows and the sculpture of the cathedral, Burckhardt summarizes the whole of Christian doctrine from a deeply metaphysical and spiritual point of view.” —William Stoddart, editor of The Essential Titus Burckhardt

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This new and revised edition of Titus Burckhardt's masterpiece, Chartres and the Birth of the Cathedral, is a richly colored window onto the lofty intellectual and spiritual climate that conceived the marvel that is Gothic architecture. Featuring a new appendix with three sections, and a new Foreword by John James, a world authority on Chartres, as well as 25 new illustrations, it cannot fail to inspire the reader to become a pilgrim to Chartres.

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