Liturgy and Architecture: From the Early Church to the Middle Ages (Liturgy, Worship and Society Series)

Liturgy and Architecture: From the Early Church to the Middle Ages (Liturgy, Worship and Society Series)

By: Dr. Allan Doig (author), Revd Dr. Phillip Tovey (series_editor), Dr. Paul F. Bradshaw (series_editor), Dr. Dave Leal (series_editor), Professor Teresa Berger (series_editor), Professor Bryan D. Spinks (series_editor)Paperback

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In this book Allan Doig explores the interrelationship of liturgy and architecture from the Early Church to the close of the Middle Ages, taking into account social, economic, technical, theological and artistic factors. These are crucial to a proper understanding of ecclesiastical architecture of all periods, and together their study illuminates the study of liturgy. Buildings and their archaeology are standing indices of human activity, and the whole matrix of meaning they present is highly revealing of the larger meaning of ritual performance within, and movement through, their space. The excavation of the mid-third-century church at Dura Europos in the Syrian desert, the grandeur of Constantine's Imperial basilicas, the influence of the great pilgrimage sites, and the marvels of soaring Gothic cathedrals, all come alive in a new way when the space is animated by the liturgy for which they were built. Reviewing the most recent research in the area, and moving the debate forward, this study will be useful to liturgists, clergy, theologians, art and architectural historians, and those interested in the conservation of ecclesiastical structures built for the liturgy.

About Author

The Revd Dr Allan Doig is Fellow, Chaplain and Tutor for Graduates at Lady Margaret Hall, and a member of the Faculty of Theology in the University of Oxford.


Contents: Preface; Introduction; The earliest Christian worship and its setting; Constantine, continuity and change in the 4th century; The emergence of the Byzantine rite and the church building as sacrament; Late antiquity in the West and the Gallican rite; Carolingian architecture and liturgical reform; Monasticism, pilgrimage and the Romanesque; Gothic architecture and the Latin rite: from origins to the close of the Middle Ages; Bibliography; Index.

Product Details

  • ISBN13: 9780754652748
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 246
  • ID: 9780754652748
  • weight: 652
  • ISBN10: 0754652742

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