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By Lester Burbank Bridaham,Ralph Adams Cram

Amid the hovering grandeur of arches and spires lurks a extra down-to-earth architectural flourish: the grinning head of a gargoyle. Singly and clustered, those interesting creatures shape as precise a component of Gothic structure because the flying buttress. Nowhere are they extra in demand than alongside the partitions of French cathedrals, and this magnificently illustrated quantity prowls the ramparts of these medieval structures to find countless numbers of real gargoyle carvings.
According to culture, the gargoyles have been published as sentries, to chase away malevolent spirits and to remind parishioners of the evil past the church doorways. writer Lester Burbank Bridaham takes a extra positive view. Noting the stone guardians' whimsical nature, he discusses the artisanal ingenuity excited by their construction. He additionally issues out how they represented an extraordinary feel of freedom within the center a long time, by way of public satire and unbridled inventive enthusiasm. As this e-book finds, the undying attraction of the gargoyle—whether symbolic, religious, ornamental, or fanciful—continues to captivate the imagination.

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