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Stairway to Heaven

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1. The Architecture of Medieval Upper Spaces 2. Devotional Spaces Holy Spaces Sacred Sights 3. Performing the Liturgy Lights Sound Drama 4. Supporting the Liturgy Organising the Liturgy Intellectual Life 5. Behind the Scenes Accommodating the Community The Building Fabric Hidden Assets 6. Beyond the Everyday Dangerous Men Experiment and Entertainment 7. Forms and Functions 8. Conclusions


One evening not so long ago, Toby Huitson clambered up the 58 steep spiral steps to the clerestory passage in the church of St Leonard, Hythe, in Kent, laden with good fat beeswax candles. The result of his labours is shown in a photograph in his splendid new book, Stairway to Heaven (Oxbow, GBP35) ... a thorough and fascinating exploration of it, with the role of lights, music, ceremony and dramatic special effects exemplified from medieval sources, with plenty of colour illustrations to show what is meant. If I hadn't got a copy already, I'd have asked for one for Christmas. -- The Telegraph The Telegraph This is a well-written and authoritative contribution to a relatively neglected area of ecclesiastical architecture. Beautifully illustrated and competitively priced, this will appeal to anyone interested in medieval churches. -- Journal of Kent History Journal of Kent History This is a ground-breaking study, packed with fascinating information: it opens our eyes to many largely forgotten aspects of life and work in the upper parts of medieval religious buildings. -- Warwick Rodwell Warwick Rodwell

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