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Lincoln Cathedral

The Biography of a Great Building

Dr Jonathan Foyle

    ISBN: 978 1 85759 928 2

    Size: 280 x 240 mm / 9½ x 11in.

    Binding: Paperback

    Pages: 128

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    Date published: March, 2015

    UK £19.95 /US $29.95


  • A fascinating and personal study of one of Britain’s greatest cathedrals
  • Written by architectural historian and broadcaster, Jonathan Foyle
  • Illustrated with specially commissioned photography, comparative and archival images, and the author’s own plans and drawings


Lincoln is one of Britain’s greatest cathedrals, its three towers and formidable west front dominating the surrounding plains from its commanding hilltop position. It was largely built over the course of a century, up to the completion of the glorious Angel Quire in 1280.

Architectural historian and broadcaster Jonathan Foyle regards Lincoln Cathedral as an old and valued friend and writes with deep knowledge and passion about the developing character of the building. He shows how innovative and experimental the grand thirteenth-century rebuild was, influenced not only by spectacular contemporary work at Canterbury, but also by changing political and spiritual values, and by the continental travels and experience of individual bishops.

Author information

Dr Jonathan Foyle is an architectural historian, broadcaster and advocate for heritage sites, and a Visiting Professor at the University of Lincoln. His programmes on historic architecture include the award-winning BBC series Climbing Great Buildings and Henry VIII: Patron or Plunderer. He also writes for the Financial Times.