Steering the Stone Ships

A Story of Orkney Kirks and People
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ISBN-13:
9780715209080
Veröffentl:
2009
Einband:
Paperback
Erscheinungsdatum:
01.10.2009
Seiten:
306
Autor:
Jocelyn Rendall
Gewicht:
692 g
Format:
234x156x20 mm
Sprache:
Englisch
Beschreibung:
From hermitages on wind-blasted holms to dour nineteenth-century preaching barns; from a splendid cathedral founded by a Norse earl to a Nissen hut painted by Italian prisoners during the Second World War; from city kirks built for huge and earnest Presbyterian congregations, to a diminutive Roman Catholic chapel converted from a byre - Orkney's churches are diverse in scale, age, style and history, but all are built for one purpose.

Jocelyn Rendall tells the fascinating story of an islands' people through the records of these churches. From reluctant pagans to zealous firebrands and all in between, the tales on which these records shed light range from the hilarious to the heartbreaking. Orkney acts as a microcosm for the nation, concentrating the extremes of a rich and varied social history.


With evocative illustrations by Crispin Worthington.
An enthralling read from start to finish. Orkney's churches are diverse in scale, age, style and history, but all are built for one purpose. This book tells the fascinating personal stories of an islands' people through the records of these churches.