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Glorious temples or Babylonic whores: the architecture of church buildings in England 1603-1736 according to consecration sermons

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This dissertation studies the ideas of church buildings held by the Church of England in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. These ideas concern the status of the church building, its liturgical functions, its holiness, its aesthetic qualities and devotional functions. It will be examined how these concerns inform architectural design. In other words, this study traces the significance and perception of architecture for the church building of the Church of England. By examining how church buildings were charged with meaning it will prove possible to develop new perspectives on the role of their architecture. The present study will be conducted by means of an analysis of the representation and performance of church buildings in the Church of England in the seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries. Of particular interest for this study are documents related to important moments in a building’s existence such as the inauguration. The consecration of a church is a transitional event. By this ceremony the building is mentally set apart from its profane surroundings and dedicated to the worship of God only. Through the consecration the building acquires its significance of ‘church building’. The evidence related to the consecration ceremonies testifies directly and indirectly of the motives and the aims that led towards the erection of the building. Church of England consecrations are documented by sermons and prayers. Forty-two printed examples covering 1618-1736 have been retrieved. A thorough and systematic analysis of sermons preached at the church consecrations, offers the opportunity to reveal sensibilities to the buildings and architecture of the Church of England, enabling us to understand aspects of specific church buildings as well as more general trends in church architecture. Complemented with information from the official Church documents and architectural treatises, and contemporary resources relating to religion, architecture and devotion, the sermons will unveil the strategies at work in the design and use of churches. They will highlight the complexity as well as uniqueness of English church architecture in between 1602-1736.
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Architecture, Church, England, Stuarts

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Morel, Anne-Françoise. 2011. “Glorious Temples or Babylonic Whores: The Architecture of Church Buildings in England 1603-1736 According to Consecration Sermons”. Ghent, Belgium: Ghent University. Faculty of Engineering and Architecture.
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Morel, A.-F. (2011). Glorious temples or Babylonic whores: the architecture of church buildings in England 1603-1736 according to consecration sermons. Ghent University. Faculty of Engineering and Architecture, Ghent, Belgium.
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Morel A-F. Glorious temples or Babylonic whores: the architecture of church buildings in England 1603-1736 according to consecration sermons. [Ghent, Belgium]: Ghent University. Faculty of Engineering and Architecture; 2011.
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Morel, Anne-Françoise. “Glorious Temples or Babylonic Whores: The Architecture of Church Buildings in England 1603-1736 According to Consecration Sermons.” 2011 : n. pag. Print.
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  abstract     = {This dissertation studies the ideas of church buildings held by the Church of England in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. These ideas concern the status of the church building, its liturgical functions, its holiness, its aesthetic qualities and devotional functions. It will be examined how these concerns inform architectural design. In other words, this study traces the significance and perception of architecture for the church building of the Church of England. By examining how church buildings were charged with meaning it will prove possible to develop new perspectives on the role of their architecture. 
The present study will be conducted by means of an analysis of the representation and performance of church buildings in the Church of England in the seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries. Of particular interest for this study are documents related to important moments in a building{\textquoteright}s existence such as the inauguration. The consecration of a church is a transitional event. By this ceremony the building is mentally set apart from its profane surroundings and dedicated to the worship of God only. Through the consecration the building acquires its significance of {\textquoteleft}church building{\textquoteright}. The evidence related to the consecration ceremonies testifies directly and indirectly of the motives and the aims that led towards the erection of the building. Church of England consecrations are documented by sermons and prayers. Forty-two printed examples covering 1618-1736 have been retrieved. A thorough and systematic analysis of sermons preached at the church consecrations, offers the opportunity to reveal sensibilities to the buildings and architecture of the Church of England, enabling us to understand aspects of specific church buildings as well as more general trends in church architecture. Complemented with information from the official Church documents and architectural treatises, and contemporary resources relating to religion, architecture and devotion, the sermons will unveil the strategies at work in the design and use of churches. They will highlight the complexity as well as uniqueness of English church architecture in between 1602-1736.},
  author       = {Morel, Anne-Fran\c{c}oise},
  isbn         = {9789085783992},
  keyword      = {Architecture,Church,England,Stuarts},
  language     = {eng},
  pages        = {2 vol. [XXXIV, 289 + VII, 259]},
  publisher    = {Ghent University. Faculty of Engineering and Architecture},
  school       = {Ghent University},
  title        = {Glorious temples or Babylonic whores: the architecture of church buildings in England 1603-1736 according to consecration sermons},
  year         = {2011},
}