From the January/February, 2008 issue of Touchstone
Knight & Dei by Matthew G. Alderman

Knight & Dei

Sir Ninian Comper: An Intorduction to His Life and Work
With Complete Gazetteer and Of the Atmosphere of a Church
by Sir Ninian Comper
by Anthony Symondson, S.J., and Stephen Arthur Bucknall
Spire Books & the Ecclesiological Society, 2006
(available in the U.S. via David Brown Book Company)
(336 pages, $60.00, paperback)

reviewed by Matthew G. Alderman

When the Anglican architect Sir Ninian Comper passed away in 1960 at age 96, it seemed that the dwindling Gothic revival died with him. Within a decade, the moral and aesthetic landscape that he had known—a world of Latin plainchant and the Book of Common Prayer—had utterly vanished. This cheerfu . . .


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