The renowned architectural historian and broadcaster Dr Jonathan Foyle will launch his new book, Architecture of Canterbury Cathedral, at the Cathedral on Thursday 14th March.
Described by Lord Williams (Archbishop of Canterbury 2002- 2012) as
The beautiful images in this book help us understand the insights that shaped the building.
The richly illustrated, 208 page, text provides an fascinating insight into the Cathedral’s architecture and how it evolved spectacularly between the eleventh and the fourteenth centuries. Within the building’s designs are references to a world we have forgotten: its relationship to Rome, mythology, hidden geometry and the display of saintly relics. Jonathan Foyle explains how Canterbury’s turbulent and brilliant past shaped the Cathedral, leaving us today with an extraordinary composite work of architecture.
Published with the full co-operation of the Cathedral, the book features 200 images including; breathtaking photographs by the architectural photographer Robert Greshoff; carefully selected archival illustrations; and a number of the author’s own drawings. An additional chapter by Heather Newton, Head of Masonry and Stone Conservation covers the Cathedral’s modern conservation programme.
Jonathan is no stranger to Canterbury Cathedral, having spent a year surveying the church in the mid ‘90s. His qualifications, passion and knowledge for the architecture and history of the building is beautifully illustrated in this book. As Jonathan says himself;
Historic architecture is my thing: I draw buildings, photograph them, fundraise for them, write about them, talk about them, and occasionally explain them on television programmes.
Prior to its national launch in London on Thursday 9th May, Architecture of Canterbury Cathedral will be exclusively available for two months at the Cathedral shop following the launch and signing event on Thursday 14th March. Jonathan, Robert and Heather will be present at the book signing which will be held between 15:00 – 17:00 in the Cathedral shop (25 Burgate, Canterbury CT1 2HA) to which you are all welcome.