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Language: English

Publisher: Routledge; 1 edition (30 Sept. 2017)

By: Allan Doig(Author)

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In this book Allan Doig explores the interrelationship of liturgy and architecture from the Early Church to the close of the Middle Ages, taking into account social, economic, technical, theological and artistic factors. These are crucial to a proper understanding of ecclesiastical architecture of all periods, and together their study illuminates the study of liturgy. Buildings and their archaeology are standing indices of human activity, and the whole matrix of meaning they present is highly revealing of the larger meaning of ritual performance within, and movement through, their space. The excavation of the mid-third-century church at Dura Europos in the Syrian desert, the grandeur of Constantine's Imperial basilicas, the influence of the great pilgrimage sites, and the marvels of soaring Gothic cathedrals, all come alive in a new way when the space is animated by the liturgy for which they were built. Reviewing the most recent research in the area, and moving the debate forward, this study will be useful to liturgists, clergy, theologians, art and architectural historians, and those interested in the conservation of ecclesiastical structures built for the liturgy.

'This work is a successful and much-needed source on the subject... this volume fills an important void in the literature and will be the critical source on the subject for some time. ... Essential.' ----- Choice'This is an impressive, insightful, informative study, keenly aware of the relevant archaeological data, sensitive both to liturgical and to architectural theory and development and versed in the source documents.' ----- Theological Book Review --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.

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  • By A. McGuire on 6 November 2009

    The author of the previous review may not have noticed that this is only the first part of a two-volume work, the second volume of which will cover the later history.Doig provides an exemplary account of the architectural form of the settings for Christian worship, and in particular effectively demolishes many myths about how worship was conducted and how we should in consequence order worship today.For anyone interested in the history of liturgy or of church architecture this book is, quite simply, required reading.

  • By David Rosoman Matthews on 10 October 2009

    This is a thorough account of Christian architecture, particularly the early churches, with occasional liturgical details. The account becomes very skimpy when we reach the high middle ages and liturgical details should be more prolific. OK up to Charlemagne, disappointing thereafter.

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