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The Legal Architecture of English Cathedrals

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ISBN13: 9781138962699
To be Published: July 2017
Publisher: Routledge
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Hardback
Price: £90.00



Each Anglican cathedral in England is an icon of cultural heritage and identity, a key setting for continuing religiosity, and a seat of national spirituality in transition. It is also a regulated sacred space. This book explains and evaluates the regulatory framework applicable to cathedrals and considers how this regulatory framework is perceived and experienced. Using an interdisciplinary and socio-legal approach Norman Doe evaluates of how the regulations and norms governing cathedrals are experienced and whether they fulfil the the needs of cathedral staff and users, as well as suggesting areas in law, theology, and practice which could be reformed.

A key theoretical theme is the cathedral as a normative space. How regulation both shapes and is shaped by cathedral architecture is explored through an analysis of the the legal significance of cathedral elements such as the font, pulpit, cathedra, altar, chapter house, and quire. The book thus considers how the direct normative character of the cathedral building itself, with its various segmented and private zones within what is often in practice a public building, how cathedral architecture itself shapes and directs the conduct and identity of its users.

The book will prove of use to members of the Church of England, those people with an interest in ecclesiastical law and students and scholars of law and religion.

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Subjects:
Ecclesiastical Law
Contents:
Part 1: The Legal History of Cathedrals
1. The Cathedral Church: Foundation, Form and Function

Part 2: The Spiritual Life of Cathedrals
2. The Throne of the Bishop: Interdependence
3. The Great Door: Mission, Visitors and Pilgrims
4. The Font and Altars: The Sacraments
5. The Nave: Worship
6. The Pulpit, Lecterns and Reading Desks: Teaching and Evangelism
7. The Choir and Organ: Music and Culture
8. The Crossing: Civic and Community Functions

Part 3: The Material Life of Cathedrals
9. The Presbytery: Clergy - Appointment and Service
10. The Chapter House: Governance and Management
11. The Cathedral Shop and Refectory: Trading and Employing
12. The Library and Cloister: Education
13. The Treasury: Finance and Treasures
14. The Fabric: Care, Maintenance and Sustainability
15. The Precinct: Housing and Accommodation

Part 4 The Built Law of Cathedrals
16. The Cathedral as a Normative Space: Conception and Experience