Rosslyn Chapel Decoded: New Interpretations of a Gothic Enigma (Anglais) Broché – 1 mars 2013
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I also enjoyed all of the information on freemasonry that Alan Butler and John Ritchie included in Rosslyn Chapel Decoded. This book tells of the rich history of the small chapel much better than previous books I had read about the subject. I learned a lot about Mithraism that I wasn't aware of and it helped me to answer some of the questions I had never been able to answer before.
I love the descriptive quality of the authors' writing. Although it is usually fiction that makes me feel this way, this non-fiction account of the chapel made it seem as though I were standing within it, appreciating the timeless and ornate beauty. If you have been to Rosslyn Chapel or plan to visit there, you will want to read this book. Even if you aren't planning a visit, this book is worth reading for the detailed history it explains.
There is also a very intriguing section about the possible connections between Washington DC and Rosslyn chapel or more specifically the Cathedral of St. Matthew. The authors make you stop and think about what you might have learned and offers other possible explanations that are intelligent and plausible.
Overall I found this to be a really well written book with a lot of information that I had not been able to acquire anywhere else. The authors have done their research and written a book that was not only informative, but beautifully constructed and fun to read.
This review is based on a digital ARC from the publisher.
Butler's work offers readers a detailed look at the Chapel, beginning with its founding and coming forward to renewed interest sparked by Dan Brown's The Da Vinci Code. It also explores the multitude of symbols and architectural details within the Chapel, many of which you could hardly hope to notice when visiting for the first time.
An easy to read volume, perfect for anyone wishing to know more about the beloved landmark.
I wrote this review based on a digital ARC from the publisher Watkins Publiushing and Net Galley.
Sure, that's just my opinion, but it is based on personal experience having been there six times. That might not mean much if I were a local, but the trips originated from my home in San Francisco.
Because of those visits and the many books I read before, during, and after, I was satisfied I knew the story of Rosslyn Chapel. But Butler and Ritchie's first book together, Rosslyn Revealed, started me to question what I believed. Now, this sequel, ROSSLYN CHAPEL DECODED, makes me want to go back to Scotland once again to see the Chapel with "new" eyes!
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