For almost two millennia, cathedrals have been among the most imposing, astonishing and inspiring buildings in Europe. Regardless of faith, their scale and architectural daring has never ceased to spark wonder. This guide traces the development of the cathedral from its earliest beginnings as a bishop’s house, through the Romanesque and Gothic periods and up to the most extravagant contemporary designs around the world. In doing so, it sheds light on social, religious and architectural history, as well as bringing the story of these extraordinary buildings to life.
About the Author
Jonathan Gregson was born and raised in India and has been visiting the Himalayan region for nearly 50 years. He has travelled overland across Tibet and visited adjacent regions repeatedly, such as Bhutan, Sikkim, Mustang and Mongolia, which have been deeply influenced by Tibetan civilization. His books include Kingdoms Beyond the Clouds: Journeys in Search of the Himalayan Kings and Massacre at the Palace: The Doomed Royal Dynasty of Nepal. He is married and lives in East London.