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Heritage or Heresy

Preservation and Destruction of Religious Art and Architecture in Europe

Palgrave Macmillan

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Table of contents (10 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-xvi
  2. Destruction: Idolatry

    • Brenda Deen Schildgen
    Pages 21-38
  3. York Minster: From Local to National Preservation

    • Brenda Deen Schildgen
    Pages 99-119
  4. Victor HUgo’s Notre-Dame of Paris

    • Brenda Deen Schildgen
    Pages 133-143
  5. Back Matter

    Pages 187-266

About this book

This is an account of the roles of local and national movements, and of memory and regret in the destruction or preservation of the architectural, artistic, and historic legacy of Europe in which the author examines what is cultural heritage and why it matters.

Keywords

  • culture
  • Europe
  • France
  • history
  • Middle Ages

Reviews

"Reading Schildgen's new book is a remarkable experience. She takes us from the toppling of the statue of Saddam in modern day Iraq and the destruction of the Valley of the Buddhas in Afghanistan, to Reformation England and medieval Byzantium, from UNESCO to the Bible, demonstrating how complicated and conflicted our instincts are to preserve or to destroy the symbols of our built environment." - John M. Ganim, President, New Chaucer Society and Professor of English, University of California, Riverside

"This is in so many ways a monumental undertaking - quite literally about monuments, of course, but also massive in its intellectual and historical reach as well as in its implications. She looks at iconoclasm in a variety of its manifestations - from medieval Byzantium, to seventeenth-century Protestant "Reformations", to late eighteenth-century French revolutionary atheism, to twentieth-century Stalinist purges of Russian orthodoxy. Schildgen brings this historical swing between destruction and preservation up to date with our contemporary scene." - Peter Hawkins, Professor of Religion, Boston University

About the author

BRENDA DEEN SCHILDGEN is Professor of Comparative Literature at University of California, Davis, USA.

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eBook USD 59.99
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  • ISBN: 978-0-230-61315-7
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  • Readable on all devices
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Softcover Book USD 79.99
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Hardcover Book USD 109.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)