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Stained Glass in England

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Few countries are as rich in stained glass as England, with wonderful examples to be found throughout the country, from the humblest parish church to ... Show synopsis

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catmomma

A Thousand Years of Stained Glass in 224 pages.

by catmomma on Aug 3, 2007

I have the 224 page 1981 printing of this title( price was the main consideration) and see there is a later larger edition which may be better than this one. As an introduction this book is good start. Each century has a chapter beginning with the 12th century and going through the 20th. There is a section of color plates, 35 pages of examples, many of which I would not have chosen because they are too similiar. A third of the book names towns and discusses what glass is there; this could have been improved with the addition of a map for those of us not familiar with a thousand small English towns. No addresses were given, and certainly not enough images; one thumbnail from each church even in black and white would have helped. Some of the descriptions are too detailed; knowing that a certain blue gown piece was damaged in the war and repaired is not that critical. I would describe Osborne's style as overly detailed to the point of tediously boring; typically English term paper/Master's thesis. Everything is "remarkable". It must have been a huge task to compile all of this data and after the 999th church I can see how one could lose enthusium for the subject. I had hoped for a boiling down of the 1,000 years of stained glass history to something I could use as a guide for actually visiting the most significant locations in a limited amount of time. I will be able to rule out a lot of places and make a list of the ones in my particular style of interest. A chart for each period's examples would have helped. This subject could really have used a modern computer to make a better presentation: to sort, highlight, and make more appealing a broad subject, but at least she tried.

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