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Rosslyn Chapel Decoded: New Interpretations of a Gothic Enigma (Anglais) Broché – 1 mars 2013


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Rosslyn Chapel is a deeply enigmatic 15th-century Gothic masterpiece, situated near Edinburgh. Although generally referred to as a 'chapel' and acting as a local parish church these days, Rosslyn is actually much more than either - and in fact most people who have studied the site in detail come to the conclusion that those who created the structure in the 15th century were not, in reality, intent on building a Christian church at all. In fact, nothing at Rosslyn is what it seems. With its overpowering air of mystery, its superlative stone carvings and its strong Templar and Freemasonic connections, Rosslyn represents one of the most absorbing historical puzzles in Britain. The discovery of new evidence by the authors puts a new slant on the motivations of those who decided to create a New Jerusalem in the Scottish Lowlands. The signs pointed the authors to a lost holy relic - the skull of St Matthew the Evangelist, in whose name the chapel is dedicated. There is startling evidence that this skull came to Rosslyn in the early 15th century, brought there by polymath, librarian and all-round genius Sir Gilbert Hay, who also put together a substantial library.

What follows is no less than an adventure, using the clues from the lost books to locate St Matthew's skull - now in Washington, DC. The authors also embark on a thorough examination of Rosslyn Chapel's credentials, both a Christian church and as an icon of the impending Renaissance, a reconstruction of King Solomon's Temple and an astronomical observatory - all suffused with ancient beliefs that would have had the chapel's builders burned at the stake if their true motivations had been discovered.

Biographie de l'auteur

Alan Butler has spent 30 years immersed in world history, writing books delving into neglected recesses of the past. Butler is an expert in ancient astronomy and astrology and proficient in interpreting historical symbolism of the sort represented by Rosslyn Chapel. John Ritchie has travelled the world as film cameraman and a stills photographer. These days he is a broadcaster and a successful historian. He brings to this book his keen eye, a peerless knowledge of Scottish history and a trust on the part of its custodians that have given Butler and Ritchie unrivalled access to Rosslyn Chapel.

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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Beautifully written history 21 mars 2013
Par Ionia Froment - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché
This was even better than I had suspected it might be. I was particularly thrilled with the portion that explained St. Matthew's Pillar. I too, had heard that pillar explained in another, less realistic way and this book shed a lot of light on the true symbolism the pillar represented.

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.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Wonderful enigma 14 avril 2013
Par Richard A. Burns - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Format Kindle Achat vérifié
We just returned from Scotland and the Rosslyn Chapel was one of our stops. This was a very wonderful and interesting place. The guides told us a lot about what we were seeing, but memory would not serve for long. I purchased two of the book offerings at the chapel shop. I looked at "Rosslyn Chapel Decoded" but did not not purchase it. Big mistake, for this book is by far the most informative and interesting of the three books. This book opens so many more avenues of thought and speculation about builders intentions. This was not a church, although it became one, it was a family chapel that was designed at the whim of its owners. So many mysteries about the different elements of the building that may never be solved. So many deferent religious elements evolved in the carvings in and outside of the building. I never would have known the real meaning of the beautiful carvings and secrets of this wonderful chapel with out this book. It will make you want go to Scotland and see for yourself .
7 internautes sur 7 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
4.0 étoiles sur 5 Rosslyn Chapel Decoded 5 mars 2013
Par Erin Davies - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché
How I wish I'd read Alan Butler and John Ritchie's Rosslyn Chapel Decoded before visiting Rosslyn Chapel. Really, I would have taken so much more from the experience had I been better acquainted with Chapel's history.

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.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 THEE BOOK OF ROSSLYN CHAPEL 28 juillet 2013
Par RONALD MCNEES - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché Achat vérifié
Since the cottage industry of Rosslyn Chapel began, only two books have been written that compelled me to write a review; This one of course, and its predecessor, Rosslyn Revealed. Why? Because authors Alan Butler and John Ritchie probably came the closest to telling the true history and purpose of the Chapel.

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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4.0 étoiles sur 5 If you love medieval architecture 15 janvier 2014
Par druidgirl - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Format Kindle
Of the few books I have read about the Chapel this is by far the most informative. I learned so much about architecture,art, the many religions and the many mysteries surrounding the Chapel and the Sinclairs. The pictures showed what a wonderful and beautiful place it truly is. I want to visit Scotland some day and the Chapel is on my list, but while reading, I truly felt like I was there. Wonderfully written and I highly recommended it.
I wrote this review based on a digital ARC from the publisher Watkins Publiushing and Net Galley.
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