Mont-saint-michel And Chartres by Henry AdamsMont-saint-michel And Chartres by Henry Adams

Mont-saint-michel And Chartres

byHenry AdamsIntroduction byRaymond Carney

Paperback | June 3, 1986

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Mont Saint Michel and Chartres is a record not of a literal jouney but of a meditative journey across time and space into the medieval imagination. Using the architecture, sculpture, and stained glass of the two locales as a starting point, Adams breathes life into what others might see merely as monuments of a past civilization. With daring and inventive conceits, Adams looks at the ordinary people, places, and events in the context of the social conventions and systems of thought and belief of the thirteenth century turning the study of history into a kind of theater.

As Raymond Carney discusses in his introduction, Adams' freeedom from the European traditions of study lends an exuberance—and puckish wit—to his writings.

For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators. 

Born in 1838 into one of the oldest and most distinguished families in Boston, a family which had produced two American presidents, Henry Adams had the opportunity to pursue a wide-ranging variety of intellectual interests during the course of his life. Functioning both in the world of practical men and afffairs (as a journalist and a...
Title:Mont-saint-michel And ChartresFormat:PaperbackDimensions:448 pages, 7.71 × 5.09 × 0.99 inPublished:June 3, 1986Language:English

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ISBN - 10:0140390545

ISBN - 13:9780140390544

Appropriate for ages: 18 - 18

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Table of Contents

Mont Saint Michel and ChartresAcknowledgments
Introduction by Raymond Carney
A Brief Chronology of Adams' Life
A Note on the Text
Mont Saint Michel and Chartres
Glossary of Architectural Terms
Suggestions for Further Reading

From Our Editors

When Henry Adams turned his attention towards Mont Saint Michel and Chartres, the origins for this singular example of historical theatre were laid. Through a literal and witty discourse of the architecture, stained glass and sculpture in the two locations, James brings these monuments to life in a feast for the medieval imagination. With its freedom from European literary tradition, Mont Saint Michel and Chartres provides a look at 13th century France encompassing its ordinary people, social conventions and events all enhanced by James’s trademark wit and wisdom.