Sunday, September 7, 2008

A Little History of the English Country Church by Roy Strong

"When churches fall completely out of use / What shall we turn them into?" wonders Philip Larkin in "Church Going", the poem that begins and ends this engrossing history. According to Strong, the 14th, 15th and 16th centuries were the golden age of the parish church. After that the story is one of desecration and decline, yet Strong resists the idea of the modern country church becoming a mere museum of lost faith.

more

No comments: