A critical dissertation on professor Willis's 'Architectural history of Canterbury cathedral'.

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John Russell Smith., 1846 - 62 pages

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Page 49 - ... instructed in the right way ; for when the devotion of those ages was much warmer than that of the present, and the riches of the people much more at the disposal of the priests, there was so much money consumed on these gothic cathedrals, as would have finished a greater variety of noble buildings, than have been raised either before or since that time.
Page 21 - There the circuit of the choir had twenty -two pillars, here are twenty-eight. There the arches and everything else was plain, or sculptured with an axe, and not with a chisel. But here almost throughout is appropriate sculpture. No marble columns were there; but here are innumerable ones. There in the circuit around the choir the vaults were plain ; but here they are arched-ribbed, and have keystones.
Page 19 - The monks and servants of the church therefore, in obedience to the Prior's commands, took the structure to pieces, opened the stone coffins of the saints, and bore their relics to the vestiarium. Then, having removed the cloths in which they had been wrapped, and which were half consumed from age and rottenness, they covered them with other and more handsome palls, and bound them with linen bands. They bore the saints, thus prepared, to their altars, and deposited them in wooden chests, covered...
Page 21 - There a wall set upon pillars divided the crosses from the choir ; but here the crosses are separated from the choir by no such partition, and converge together in one keystone, which is placed in the middle of the great vault which rests on the four principal pillars.

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