Cathedrals and Cloisters of Midland France - Vol. 1

Cathedrals and Cloisters of Midland France - Vol. 1

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Cathedrals and Cloisters of Midland France - Vol. 1

Cathedrals and Cloisters of Midland France - Vol. 1

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It was with regret that the makers of these books turned from Provence into Dauphiné, from Languedoc to Auvergne and Aquitaine. It seemed to them that no part of the country could have the fascination of the well-loved Midi. But as they wandered slowly up the Rhone or crossed the country along the trail of some mediæval army, they came into the spirit of the Midland provinces.

In the South they had felt the persistent dominance of the Roman tradition in the present-day life, thought, and architecture of its people. In the Midland they came under the subtle spell -- call it Oriental, Byzantine, what you will -- which differentiates the most original creations of the Centre from those of the South, the extreme North, or the Isle-de-France. The country was interesting; the mountains of Savoy and Dauphiné, the crisp brilliancy of the Auvergnat air, and the sombre majesty of its lava hills were inspiring.

So, on Cathedrals bent, the authors spent many happy months amidst architecture whose beauty made work a pleasure, among people who through their exquisite kindliness and courteous, ungrudging aid made research an easy task. The effort has been, as in the Cathedrals and Cloisters of the South of France, to . . .

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