The Latin And French Inscriptions Of Lincoln Minster

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A great Cathedral speaks to us with many voices, most of them wordless: the towers against the skyline, the bells, the cyclic dialogue of sunlight and shadow, incense and lights and robes and vestments and candle flame and flowers.  But words have...

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A great Cathedral speaks to us with many voices, most of them wordless: the towers against the skyline, the bells, the cyclic dialogue of sunlight and shadow, incense and lights and robes and vestments and candle flame and flowers.  But words have their place, not least in the inscriptions.

The Lincoln inscriptions have varied functions, and their emphasis has changed over the years: from a repeated request for prayer for the departed, heard throughout the Middle Ages, to the starker commemorations of the Reformation time: from the combative political manifestos of the Restoration to the Stoic eulogies of the Enlightenment, and so on to a reaffirmation of the Communion of the Saints from the time of the Oxford Movement onwards: so that these brief texts, taken together, give a little history of English religion and society through eight centuries or so.

Published by The Honywood Press, Paperback, 94 pages