Mont-Saint-Michel and Chartres
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"From beginning to end, Mont Saint Michel and Chartres reads as from a man in the fresh morning of life, with a frolic power unusual to historic literature." William James
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 exuberanceand puckish witto his writings.
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