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Cathedrals for the Curious

Posted: 2011-12-23

Cathedrals for the Curious

I just received a copy of Cathedrals for the Curious, a wonderful new book by Geoffrey Lord, and I thought it deserved mention here. The book is an alphabetical guide to the 'curiosities' of British cathedrals, covering architectural details and oddities. If you've ever wondered what a reredos is, or found yourself bewildered by overly obtuse guidebooks, this is the book for you.

Cathedrals for the Curious is not a guidebook - you won't find accounts of every British cathedral or details like opening times and travel planning tips. What you will find, however, is equally useful. Think of Cathedrals for the Curious as a rather well-educated friend that you can slip into a pocket or a purse when you visit a cathedral, minster, or abbey church, and dip into when you see something intriguing. What is a clerestory? Why did they carve those odd faces on misericords? What is a Green Man and why does he have vines trailing from his mouth?

Cathedrals in Britain are an amateur historian's delight. There's so much to see - so much history and detail, that it can be overwhelming. That's where this delightful book comes in. I can highly recommend it. Currently, copies are selling from the publishers YPDBooks for £8.50, at Amazon for £9.99, or, for an even better deal, you can order direct from the author for just £7 including postage.

You can reach the author at:

Geoffrey Lord
9 Craigleith View

or email Geoffrey.lord1@btinternet.com

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