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Cathedral: The Story of Its Construction (1973)

by David Macaulay

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Interesting! I do like Macaulay - he does a gorgeous job (as usual) of describing the structure of the cathedral from the concept and the foundations up to the arches of the roof, the spires, and the stained glass windows. And the illustrations are full of rich little bits - not just what the text is describing, but the birds in the roof, the way the houses change over the years, all the little details. Worth reading, worth rereading and spending some time examining each illustration in detail. ( )
  jjmcgaffey | Mar 8, 2017 |
Based on the engineering and architecture of the time, Macaulay describes the creation of a fictional cathedral along with the surrounding structures, illustrated with floor plans, designs, and descriptions of tools and techniques used at the time. This account of the construction of a fictional cathedral allows readers to become connected to the “story” and its characters as they witness every aspect of the construction from its inception.
  tina_w | Jul 20, 2016 |
as, perhaps, the inspiration for the Eyewitness books. Large format, lots of details... and very little appeal to me. I paged through it, but couldn't make myself read it. ?áThe pictures serve the purpose, but don't wow me. Too bad that Macaulay chose to fictionalize an ideal project, but understandable.?á Read for GR Children's PB club."
  Cheryl_in_CC_NV | Jun 5, 2016 |
Line drawings and descriptions of a very simplified method of cathedral building. ( )
  ShelleyAlberta | Jun 4, 2016 |
Engrossing, detail-rich illustrations and informative annotations. Perfect for process-obsessed "how does it work" kids.
  ClaraN | Mar 10, 2016 |
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The Gothic cathedral is one of humanity's greatest masterpieces--an architectural feast that couldn't help but attract the attention of renowned author-illustrator David Macaulay. Once an architectural student at the Rhode Island School of Design, Macaulay glories in the intricacies and beauty of structure, as evidenced in his masterful pen-and-ink drawings in critically acclaimed children's books such as Castle, Pyramid, and Rome Antics. He begins Cathedral in 1252, when the people of a fictitious French town named Chutreaux decide to build a cathedral after their existing church is struck by lightning. We first meet the craftspeople, then examine the tools, study their cathedral plans, and watch the laying of the foundation. Week by week we witness the construction of this glorious temple to God. Macaulay intuitively hones in on the details about which we are the most curious: How were those enormously high ceilings built and decorated? How were those 60-foot-high windows made and installed in the 13th century? And how did people haul those huge, heavy bells up into the skyscraper-high towers? Thanks to Macaulay's thorough, thoughtful tribute to the Gothic cathedral, not a stone, turret, or pane of stained glass is left unexamined or unexplained. (Ages 9 and older) --Gail Hudson

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Text and detailed drawings follow the planning and construction of a magnificent Gothic cathedral in the imaginary French town of Chutreaux during the thirteenth century.

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