Sacred Text -- Sacred Space

Architectural, Spiritual and Literary Convergences in England and Wales


This book is not designed to define the sacred. It is, rather, a bringing together of case histories (a rich, varied collection from medieval, early modern and nineteenth-century contexts in England and Wales) that goes beyond familiar paradigms to explore the dynamic, protean interaction, in different times and places, between sacred space and text. Essentially an interdisciplinary enterprise, it focuses a range of historical and critical methodologies on that complex process of transformation and transmission whereby spiritual intuitions, experiences and teachings are made palpable ‘in art and architecture, poetry and prayer, in histories, scriptures and liturgies, even landscapes. So the sacred, variously constructed and inscribed, makes itself felt ‘on the pulse’; is a presence, a voice even now not stilled.

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Biographical Note

Joseph Sterrett is Assistant Professor of Literature in English at Aarhus University in Denmark. He has published articles examining the unheard prayer in Shakespeare's plays and the playwright's connection to his religious context.

Peter Thomas taught at Cardiff University. He is particularly interested in Stuart court culture, the impact of the English Civil War on literature, and Henry Vaughan, being General Editor of Scintilla, the annual journal of Vaughan Studies and New Poetry.

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'Sacred text – Sacred space' is a fascinating collection, in which a series of absorbing insights into specific moments when space and text jointly established a sense of the sacred are woven subtly into a compelling narrative about how concepts of the sacred have altered between the early medieval period and the twentieth century. - Chloe Kathleen Preedy - University of Cambridge in: Culture and Religion 2012

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Contributors Include: Richard Chartres, Joseph Sterrett, Madeleine Gray, Thomas Pickles, Laura Varnam, Roy Eriksen, Richard Wilson, Graham Parry, Helen Wilcox, Peter Thomas, Dennis Taylor, Allan Doig, William Whyte, Susanna Avery-Quash, Patrick Sherry.


ll those interested the fields of religious literature, sacred architecture, and religious history; how the sacred changed from the medieval period, through the Reformation and into the nineteenth century.

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