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All the Cathedrals of France by Basil Cottle

All the Cathedrals of France


All the Cathedrals of France by Basil Cottle

This volume represents the product of a dedicated twelve-year study of the French Cathedrals. Upon his death 1994 Basil Cottle left his nearly-completed manuscript version of All the Cathedrals of France to Bristol University Library. Nicholas Lee, a friend and colleague of Cottle's and previously responsible for the Special Collections in the Library, has since visited a dozen or more of the cathedrals whose interiors were under restoration, or for other reasons inaccessible at the time of Basil Cottle's original visit, and has completed, corrected and edited the text so as to bring it up to date for publication.

About the Author

Basil Cottle, MA, PhD, FSA, was born in Cardiff in 1917. He graduated at the University of Wales and then trained as a school master. During the Second World War he spent three years in the army and a further three years as a cryptanalyst in the 'Enigma' team at Bletchley Park, after which he compiled an Albanian Grammar and Syntax for use by the Foreign Office. The rest of his long and busy life was spent at the University of Bristol, where he taught in the English Department for more than forty years and also gave courses in Anglo-Saxon and Early-Christian Irish Archaeology, eventually becoming Reader in Medieval Studies. A colourful and popular lecturer, Basil Cottle was also in demand as a reviewer of books - a job at which he excelled - and he wrote several, the best-known of which are The Triumph of English, The Plight of English, The Language of Literature, Names and The Penguin Dictionary of Surnames

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Publication date

14th June 2002


Basil Cottle

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Unicorn Publishing Group


240 pages


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