Doctoral dissertation Anne-Françoise Morel

Doctoraatsproefschrift Anne-Françoise Morel

Glorious Temples or babylonic Whores: The Architecture of Churchbuildings in England According to Consecration Sermons, 1602-1736

This dissertation studies the ideas about church buildings in the seventeenth and early eighteenth- century Church of England. Particular attention is paid to the status of the church building, its holiness, its aesthetic qualities, liturgical and devotional functions, and how these concerns informed architectural design. In other words, this study traces how architecture interacted with views on church buildings in the context of the English Reformation. By examining how the particular religious context charged church buildings with meaning it will develop new perspectives on their architecture.