Academic journal article Church History

The Temple Church in London: History, Architecture, Art

Academic journal article Church History

The Temple Church in London: History, Architecture, Art

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This collection of essays, occasioned by a conference on the Temple Church hosted by the Courtauld Institute in 2008, examines the establishment of the church; its medieval architecture, decoration, and monuments; and the rather sorry efforts to refurbish the church to its "original" state in succeeding centuries. The earlier essays deal with the founding (Helen Nicholson), design (Christopher Wilson and Virginia Jansen), and interior embellishments of the church (David Park and Philip Lankester). These essays will interest the architectural historian, the armorist, and students of church monuments. The essays by David Park and Philip J. Lankester especially require a specialist's knowledge of the subject matter.

Readers of Church History , on the other hand, will find the next three essays of particular interest since they weave together the changes made to the Temple within the historical cultural and religious context. Robin Griffin-Jones, one of the books two editors, focuses on the role of Christopher Wren in carrying out the wishes of the lawyers (the "Benchers"), who wanted to emphasize the Saxon origins of the church to complement their own theories about the source of English common law. Griffin-Jones argues that while Wren clearly recognized the Temple's connection to the Church of the Holy Sepulchere in Jerusalem, he attempted as well to satisfy the lawyers' desires to classicize it. …

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