Rice’s Church Primer is a thoroughly entertaining and informative guide to the “grammar and vocabulary” of the British church.
Matthew Rice, through engaging prose and wonderful, drawings, explains the language of architecture in churches, from the simple Norman to the elaborate Baroque. He begins by explaining the “grammar” of a church – its elevation, plan, vaults and towers. Then he moves on to the “vocabulary” of styles, from Saxon churches to contemporary cathedrals. In each period he covers parts of the building including doors, windows, towers, pews, panelling and pulpits.
The primer also includes a map which guides the reader to recommended churches – so there is no excuse not to go and show off your newfound knowledge…