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Cathedral: The Story of Its Construction (1973)

by David Macaulay

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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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  ME_Dictionary | Mar 20, 2020 |
This book follows the story of a barely there narrative about the construction of a 13th century cathedral. A special focus is put on the tools and techniques used by the people involved addressing the engineering problems they faced and the variety of solutions they employed and the historical and technological context to those solutions. Several of the named characters die or significantly age over the course of the story to emphasize the time investment of the construction; and the change in the town as more workers and travelers and traders, artists and artisans are drawn to the construction shows the economic and some of the societal impact of cathedral even as it is being built. ( )
  jcook18 | May 28, 2019 |
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 |
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