from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- A city of northern France southwest of Paris. Its 13th-century cathedral is a masterpiece of Gothic architecture noted for its stained glass and asymmetrical spires. Population: 39,800.
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- proper n. A town in France, the capital of the département of Eure-et-Loir.
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- n. a town in northern France that is noted for its Gothic Cathedral
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Billy Conch taught at the Cathedral school in Chartres back in 12 cent., just before the works of Aristotle were finally translated into Latin.
They have been awed by the stained glass in Chartres Cathedral, imitated Napoleon´s final speech to his troops in Fontainebleau, tasted the flinty white wine of Chablis, and followed the tracks of Richard the Lion Hearted to the medieval hilltop village of Vezelay.
Wondering if Bill, above, means Malcolm Miller, in Chartres.
The finest example of this is arguably the north rose window in Chartres.
The defects of Paris are almost wholly absent in Chartres, which is the most nearly perfect of all Gothic cathedrals both in conception and in the details of its working out.
When we get to Chartres, which is largely a twelfth-century work, you will see that the cathedral there, too, is superbly built, of the hardest and heaviest stone within reach, which has nowhere settled or given way; while, beneath, you will find a crypt that rivals the church above.
Chartres was also a famous shrine, but of the Virgin, and the west porch of Chartres, which is to be our peculiar pilgrimage, was a hundred years later than the ground-plan of Mont-Saint-Michel, although Chartres porch is the usual starting-point of northern
Langæus, and Bellæus that be dead, & the noble Vidam of Chartres, that is aliue, and infinite mo in France, which I heare tell of, proue this to be most false.
Gothic fanatics commonly reckon the great rose windows of the thirteenth century as the most beautiful creation of their art, among the details of ornament; and this particular rose is the direct parent of that at Chartres, which is classic like the Parthenon, while both of them served as models or guides for that at Paris which dates from 1220, those in the north and south transepts at Rheims, about 1230, and so on, from parent to child, till the rose faded forever.
This group of Dioramas on display from 1825-28, with their use of ruined Gothic structures, evoke the more literary and thematic aspects of the Gothic revival in the eighteenth century, and in this are somewhat distinct from the dioramic representations of intact Gothic cathedrals such as Chartres and
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