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An illustrated history of sixteen of the world's greatest cathedrals, interwoven with the lives, legacies and scandals of the people who built them.

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Dr Emma J. Wells is an award-winning academic, author and broadcaster. She is Lecturer in Ecclesiastical and Architectural History at the University of York. She holds a PhD from Durham University, for which she was awarded a British Archaeological Association Ochs Scholarship and a Society for Church Archaeology research grant. Emma writes for publications including BBC Countryfile, TLS, BBC History and History Today. Her previous book, Pilgrim Routes of the British Isles, was published in 2016.


An impeccable guide to the golden age of ecclesiastical architecture... Meticulously researched... It's to Wells's credit that she manages to make the history of these cathedrals as gripping as she does.
*The Times*

Emma J. Wells has written an accessible, authoritative and lavishly illustrated account of the building of 16 of "the world's greatest cathedrals"

Wells brings these buildings vividly to life, peopling them with their authors and sponsors, their triumphs and tribulations, and beautifully illustrated
*Country Life*

Sumptuously presented... A fascinating look at how people in the Middle Ages combined spirituality, symbolism, mathematics and monumental toil to create some of history's grandest buildings
*History Revealed*

This beautifully written and impeccably researched book is an utter joy to read, managing to be both academic and yet accessible to the lay reader
*Yorkshire Life*

Strikingly show[s] the influence these imposing buildings exerted [and] the importance of the people who built these places
*History Today*

'...lucid and absorbing narrative...the book offers a luminous insight into the medieval mind'
*The Critic*

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