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Westminster Abbey


Westminster Abbey
Westminster Abbey (officially "The Collegiate Church of St Peter at Westminste") is a large church, constructed in the Gothic style, in Westminster, London.

Westminster Abbey is the traditional coronation and burial site for British monarchs. Additionally, it is also the burial site of many other prominent people from British history, including Alfred Tennyson, Charles Darwin, Charles Dickens, Ernest Bevin, Geoffrey Chaucer, Henry Purcell, Sir Isaac Newton, Lord Laurence Olivier, Rudyard Kipling, Thomas Hardy, William Gladstone, William Pitt the Younger, and William Wilberforce.

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Westminster Abbey (Wonders of the World)

By Richard Jenkyns

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Read the Bldg Blog interview with Mary Beard about the Wonders of the World series(Part I and Part II)

Westminster Abbey is the most complex church in existence. National cathedral, coronation church, royal mausoleum, burial place of poets, resting place of the great and of the Unknown Warrior, former home of parliament, backdrop to the funeral of Diana, Princess of Wales--this rich and extraordinary building unites many functions.

Westminster Abbey is both an appreciation of an architectural masterpiece and an exploration of the building's shifting meanings. We hear the voices of those who have described its forms, moods, and ceremonies, from Shakespeare and Voltaire to Dickens and Henry James; we see how rulers have made use of it, from medieval kings to modern prime ministers. In a highly original book, classicist and cultural historian Richard Jenkyns teaches us to look at this microcosm of history with new eyes.

Treasures of Westminster Abbey

By Tony Trowles

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The Treasures of Westminster Abbey celebrates an iconic building and its rich artistic heritage. The Abbey, one of Britain's greatest medieval buildings and among the best-known churches in the world, has a history stretching back over a thousand years. Founded as a Benedictine monastery in the mid-tenth century and with the shrine of its principal royal founder, St Edward the Confessor, at its heart, it is also the coronation church where monarchs have been crowned amid great splendour since 1066. The present church, begun by Henry III in 1245, was planned with that in mind and is a treasure house of architectural and artistic achievement on which each succeeding century has left its mark. Seventeen out of the thirty-nine sovereigns crowned in Westminster Abbey also lie buried within its walls. Their medieval and Renaissance tombs, though among the most important in Europe, form only a small part of the extraordinary collection of gravestones, memorials and monumental sculpture for which the Abbey has long been famous and which is comprehensively surveyed in this lavishly illustrated book. Many of the most significant individuals in British history are remembered here: royalty and aristocracy, clergy and politicians, writers, scientists and musicians. Ranging from the thirteenth-century shrine of St Edward and the Renaissance splendour of Henry VII's Lady Chapel, to the literary memorials of Poets' Corner and the statues of Twentieth Century Martyrs on the Abbey's west front, The Treasures of Westminster Abbey describes the stained glass, furniture, sculpture, textiles, wall paintings and many other historic artifacts found within this remarkable church.

Westminster Abbey

By Richard Jenkyns

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In terms of those functions, the Abbey is the most complex church in existence - perhaps the most complex of all buildings. It has been abbey, pilgrimage church, cathedral; and it is now a collegiate church and royal peculiar. The foundation document of modern Presbyterianism was written within its walls; and its chapter for centuries served as a house of parliament. In a highly original book classicist and cultural historian Richard Jenkyns shows us how to look at this microcosm of history with new eyes. Westminster Abbey is the third title in Profile's Wonders of the World series.

Westminster Abbey: The History of England's Most Famous Church

By Jesse Harasta

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“It is eerie being all but alone in Westminster Abbey. Without the tourists, there are only the dead, many of them kings and queens. They speak powerfully and put my thoughts into vivid perspective.” – A.N. Wilson

It almost goes without saying that Westminster Abbey is one of the foremost sites in Europe when it comes to being steeped in history. Dating back to the reign of William the Conqueror and the Norman conquest, Westminster Abbey has traditionally been the site of royal coronations, royal weddings, and royal burials, and anyone who enters can instantly feel that they are walking in the footsteps of some of the most influential figures in history, from Henry III to Queen Elizabeth I.

Of course, Westminster Abbey is also far more than a place for royalty. As the English became to more intimately associate the site with their history and culture, luminaries from all walks of life have also been interred there, from Charles Darwin and Isaac Newton to Rudyard Kipling and Charles Dickens. Along with effigies, plaques, and various other monuments, walking through Westminster Abbey offers its own sort of crash course on England over the centuries.

While Westminster Abbey has been an important site for nearly 1,000 years, it is perhaps unsurprising that it has had a volatile history, a byproduct of England’s own tumultuous past. As a religious site first and foremost, the Abbey was at the forefront of the religious unrest that occasionally swept the British Isles, whether it was Henry VIII’s formation of the Church of England or his devoutly Catholic daughter earning the sobriquet Bloody Mary. As a result of it all, the Abbey has served different religious purposes over the course of time as well.

Westminster Abbey: The History of England’s Most Famous Church looks at the history of the church from the Middle Ages to today and offers a tour of the different things that visitors will find there. Along with pictures of important people, places, and events, you will learn about Westminster Abbey like never before, in no time at all.

Westminster Abbey - A Souvenir Guide - English Version

By WESTMINSTER

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Westminster Abbey

By Mrs. A. Murray Smith

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"Kings are thy nursing fathers and their queens thy nursing mothers." From the reign of Edward the Confessor, the last sovereign of the royal Saxon race, till the death of Elizabeth, the last Tudor queen, these words of the old Hebrew prophet were literally applicable to the great West Minster.

The Royal Wedding: The Official Westminster Abbey Souvenir

By James Wilkinson

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The Royal Wedding: The Official Westminster Abbey Souvenir
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  • Westminster Abbey's official book on the Royal Wedding
  • Over 20 stunning pictures of this momentous occasion
  • Authoritative account of their seven year friendship and subsequent engagement
  • Includes a fascinating presentation of other Royal Weddings at the Abbey

This stunning book is Westminster Abbey's official publication on this Royal Wedding and is a unique and unrivalled souvenir to the momentous occasion, taking place on the 29th April 2011 in one of the most famous buildings in the world. It showcases photographs of the wedding exclusive to the Abbey, plus a selection of the best press photography. It gives an authoritative account of William and Catherine's friendship and subsequent engagement; and includes an overview of other royal weddings held at the Abbey.

The occasion of HRH Prince William's marriage to Catherine Middleton is a Royal Wedding steeped in history. The couple chose Westminster Abbey because of its "staggering beauty, its 1000 years of royal history and its relative intimacy despite its size".

In the last 100 years, Westminster Abbey has played host to ten royal weddings, including those of The Duke of

York to Lady Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon (who became George VI and Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother) and The Queen, then Princess Elizabeth, to Lieutenant Phillip Mountbatten. The coronation of every crowned monarch has taken place in the Abbey since it was built by Edward the Confessor on the site of a former monastery in the 11th century - the first that of William the Conqueror in 1066 and the most recent that of William's grandmother Elizabeth II in 1953.

James Wilkinson has been associated with the Abbey since he was a chorister there in the early 1950s; in 1953 he sang at the Queen's coronation. During a career in journalism he was the BBC s science correspondent for twenty-five years. He is now one of the Abbey's Honorary Stewards and the author of many publications about the Abbey.

Westminster Abbey

By Wesley Carr

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Westminster Abbey is London's (and Britain's) foremost church. There is so much to see that the visitor can feel overwhelmed. This useful guide will help you select key areas and objects.

Murder at Westminster Abbey: An Elizabethan Mystery

By Amanda Carmack

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Murder at Westminster Abbey: An Elizabethan Mystery
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1559. Elizabeth is about to be crowned queen of England and wants her personal musician Kate Haywood to prepare music for the festivities. New to London, Kate must learn the ways of city life…and once again school herself as a sleuth.
 
Life at the center of the new royal court is abuzz with ambition and gossip—very different from the quiet countryside, where Kate served Elizabeth during her exile. Making her way among the courtiers who vie for the new queen’s favor, Kate befriends Lady Mary Everley. Mary is very close to Elizabeth. With their red hair and pale skin, they even resemble each other—which makes Mary’s murder all the more chilling.
 
The celebrations go on despite the pall cast over them. But when another redhead is murdered, Kate uncovers a deadly web of motives lurking just beneath the polite court banter, and follows the trail of a killer whose grievance can only be answered with royal blood.

Westminster Abbey (Crypts, Tombs, and Secret Rooms)

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Westminster Abbey is a breathtakingly beautiful church in London, Englandthat happens to hold more than a thousand tombs! Many of the most famous British personalities were laid to rest in Westminster, including Charles Darwin, Isaac Newton, and Charles Dickens. Readers will learn about both British history and architecture as they investigate the church through the appealing pages of this well-designed volume, complete with interesting sidebars, vivid photographs, and a summarizing timeline.


 
 
 

 
 
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