The European Tour by Grant AllenThe European Tour by Grant Allen

The European Tour

byGrant Allen

Paperback | May 19, 2012

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1899 Excerpt: ... favourite subject for art throughout the Lombard region. When Frederick Barbarossa stormed and destroyed Milan, ruining almost every ancient building in the city, in 1162, he presented the remains of the Three Kings to Archbishop Reinald von Dassel, who took them to Cologne. There the Archbishop placed them in the little Romanesque cathedral of that period, long since destroyed. But succeeding Archbishops felt that the relics of the Three Kings deserved a lordlier setting; St. Engelbert, in the beginning of the thirteenth century, set on foot the movement for a better church; and in 1248 Conrad von Hochstaden laid the foundation stone of the present sumptuous building, the largest and most famous of Gothic edifices. Now, why do I tell you all this here at such length? Because, as I go on in this book, I am trying to put you gradually more and more into the proper frame of mind for understanding and appreciating the inner spirit of Europe. If you arrive at Cologne, merely knowing that there is a great cathedral there, and then are told how it was begun at such-and-such a date by such-and-such an architect, and finished in our own day by the Emperor William, and that it is so many feet long, and so many high, and bears such-and-such a proportion--I do not know what, and I do not care--to St. Peter's at Rome and St. Paul's in London, well, you are no nearer than you were to understanding and sympathising with this epic in stone, this vast imaginative work of the Middle Ages. You must consider it from the point of view of the people who built it. And they built it in honour of Caspar, Melchior, and Balthasar, the three saints of Cologne, whose names men still bear in the valley of the Rhine far more frequently than in all the rest of Europe. And in the chief r...
Title:The European TourFormat:PaperbackDimensions:62 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.13 inPublished:May 19, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0217890105

ISBN - 13:9780217890106