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Lincoln Cathedral |
Lincoln: fated start, fine finish

Lincoln Cathedral is drawn from Chapter Two, beginning on page 58, of Volume Seven, A Glorious Disaster of the twelve-volume historical series The Christians: Their First Two Thousand Years. If you would like to order this book please visit www.TheChristians.info.

Despite a fire and an earthquake, William the Conqueror’s vision is finally fulfilled

Lincoln Cathedral - Lincoln: fated start, fine finish

Lincoln Cathedral – Lincoln: fated start, fine finish
The nave of Lincoln Cathedral was built during the first half of the thirteenth century in the early English Gothic style, using pointed arches, ribbed vaulting, and flying buttresses to make possible larger windows. The buttresses are visible in the imposing view of the cathedral from the southeast. The cathedral’s twin towers look down on the city of Lincoln.

Lincoln, the largest diocese in England, was without a cathedral for centuries under the Saxon kings until the Normans arrived and William the Conqueror erected a Romanesque structure to meet the pressing need. Fortune, however, did not favor Lincoln. The cathedral lasted about half a century, until the roof caught fire and destroyed much of the building.

At this time Gothic architecture was gaining wide acceptance, and it was decided to replace the old roof with a vaulted one to prevent future fires. Reversals, however, continued. Forty years later an earthquake hit Lincoln, and much of the cathedral collapsed, leaving only the western face.

Thus, in the year 1192 the revered Bishop St. Hugh, whose tomb lies with the present cathedral, began rebuilding it in gothic style, with only the western front and towers retained from the earlier constructions. Once completed, this thirteenth-century structure has proved indestructible and still stands to this day.

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