Item Number: 144513
Title: Rosslyn Chapel
Author: The Earl and Countess of Rosslyn
Record created on 02/02/2017
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Available August 2017
Description: London: Scala, 2017. 28cm., hardcover, 128pp., 140 color illus.
Summary: The glorious fifteenth-century Rosslyn Chapel, one of Scotland's most extraordinary architectural masterpieces, has remained in the ownership of the St Clair family for over 550 years. Rosslyn Chapel, written by the Earl and Countess of Rosslyn, its current St Clair custodians, is a personal account of a family chapel that has become a national treasure. Built entirely in stone, the multitude of carvings, both interior and exterior, include Christian imagery, from angelic musicians to Biblical scenes; over 100 representations of the pagan Green Man, a symbol of fertility and rebirth; and the earliest recorded stone carving of the medieval Dance of Death, the 'Danse Macabre'. Rosslyn Chapel also looks into the myths and legends associated with the building and the family, who have been connected at various points in history to mysterious groups, such as the Knights Templar and the Freemasons. The authors explore the fascinating and intertwined histories of the St Clair family and their chapel. They focus on more than the building's ancient past, noting the impact of Hollywood and the chapel's newfound publicity after it was shot as a location in The da Vinci Code, as well as the recent major conservation project it has undergone. Beautifully illustrated with new and specially-commissioned photography, Rosslyn Chapel will be the ultimate souvenir of a visit, and essential reading for those who wish to explore this intriguing Chapel further.
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