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Robert Willis (1800-1875) and the Foundation of Architectural History


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Introduction London and the Early Years Cambridge and Scientific Work to 1841 Remarks on the Architecture of the Middle Ages and the Membrological Approach Evidence and its Uses in Architectural History The Cathedral Studies: 'Landmarks' of Architectural History Public Scientist, Private Man The Practice of Architecture: Willis as designer, arbiter and influence 'Architectural and Social History': Canterbury and Cambridge Appendix: Willis on Restoration


A work of outstanding scholarship, comprehensive in its coverage of Willis's life and activities, elegantly written, eminently readable, well-illustrated and meticulously referenced.. [A] superbly scholarly volume of lasting value. It will not be superseded for several generations. * ARCHAEOLOGICAL JOURNAL *
[A] meticulous, well-crafted intellectual biography.... If Willis had anything to say about the matter, then this is the intellectual biography he would have wanted. * THE BURLINGTON *
An impressive work of scholarship about one of the superstars of the nineteenth-century architectural firmament. ... It is superbly researched and brings to the fore a major figure to whom all ecclesiologists and archaeologists have good reason to be grateful. * ECCLESIOLOGY TODAY *
This intelligent and well-researched book throws much new light on the career and influence of a remarkable Victorian scientist and scholar. * THE VICTORIAN *
[A] fascinating...richly illustrated volume. ... This comprehensive biographical work is a worthy and engaging read for anyone interested in architectural history, medieval architecture, ecclesiology, antiquarianism or the Gothic Revival. * MEDIEVAL ARCHAEOLOGY *
This book is a tremendous achievement and overdue chance to give [Willis] the recognition he deserves. * SPAB MAGAZINE *
A very rich book. * SALON *

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