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The Houses Of Parliament : History , Art , Architecture

Riding , Christine and Jacqueline Riding , Editors

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ISBN 10: 1858941121 / ISBN 13: 9781858941127
Published by Merrell Publishers Limited, London, 2000
Condition: Fine Hardcover
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As new. First Printing . A spectacular book. Profusely illustrated in colour and beautifully printed. Preface by the Speaker of the House of Commons. Text by Christine Riding , Jacqueline Riding , David Cannadine , Alexandra Wedgwood and others. Very useful notes and bibliography. Includes an especially interesting essay on " Myth And Monarchy " by Debra Mancoff. Dust jacket is protected with a mylar cover . Bookseller Inventory # 007224

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Title: The Houses Of Parliament : History , Art , ...

Publisher: Merrell Publishers Limited, London

Publication Date: 2000

Binding: Cloth

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Fine

Edition: First Edition

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Reveals the interiors, art, and architecture of Britain's Houses of Parliament.

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This authoritative and fully illustrated book is the first to be devoted to the Houses of Parliament - also known as the Palace of Westminster - for over twenty years, offering new insight into Britain's most famous and celebrated symbol of state. Spanning the medieval period to the present day, The Houses of Parliament: History, Art, Architecture is a fresh, innovative study of this complex Victorian building, placing it within a broad historical, political, and cultural context.

Sixteen authors, all well-known experts in their fields, consider far-ranging and often unfamiliar aspects of the palace and its relationship with neighboring Westminster Abbey, from its eleventh-century origins through to the extensive reconstruction of the House of Commons following bomb damage in the Second World War. Key events in the palace's history are brought vividly to life: the high pageantry and low comedy of George IV's Gothic Revival coronation; the original medieval buildings' destruction by fire in 1834; and the subsequent - and controversial - rebuilding by the decorative and design geniuses Charles Barry and Augustus Welby Northmore Pugin, resulting in the iconic monument so well known today. The romantic medievalism of the Victorian period, integral to the style of the new palace, is fully contextualized, with reference to the novels of Sir Walter Scott and the revival of interest in the tragic medieval king Richard II, whose magnificent Westminster Hall remains at the heart of the palace.

The absorbing narrative is complemented by impressions of the palace by such artists as Turner and Monet, newly commissioned photography, and rarely seen archival material, revealing the richly ornamented interiors, the art, and the architecture, and how they relate to the constantly evolving political institutions and state rituals that are housed or enacted within the palace. With a preface by the Rt Hon. Betty Boothroyd MP, former Speaker of the House of Commons, this fascinating account offers fresh perspectives on this monumental edifice, which occupies what has been the site of British authority since the eleventh century.

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