Mont-Saint-Michel and Chartres Author:Henry Adams Mont-Saint-Michel and Chartres is an established classic of American literature. Privately printed in 1905 and published in 1913, the book grew out of the visits of Henry Adams to Northern France and it reflects the profound impression that the great cathedrals of that region had upon him. Its subtitle is "A Study of Thirteenth Century Unity," a... more »nd the broad scope of the book, together with Adams' profound insight into the period, makes it one of the finest expressions of the spirit of the Middle Ages ever written.
Architecture is a subject of primary importance in Mont-Saint-Michel and Chartres, but above and beyond that, the book is concerned with such matters as the literature of the period (including the Chanson de Roland, whose epic strains were often sung in the halls of the Abbey of Saint Michael), the earthly queens and the Heavenly Queen, the courts of love, and such great men of the church as Abelard, St. Francis of Assisi, and Thomas Aquinas. Most of all, however, the book is an examination of the faith that brought into being the cathedrals. Here is a guide to the mind and spirit and faith of the Middle Ages, brilliantly interpreted for the reader of the twentieth century.« less