Saving the Light at Chartres

How the Great Cathedral Was Protected during World War II

Victor Pollak

In a book in the spirit of The Monuments Men, Victor Pollak describes the efforts to save Chartres Cathedral.
Publication date:
October 2020
Publisher :
Stackpole Books
Language:
English
Illustration :
25
Format Available     Quantity Price
Hardback
ISBN : 9780811739016

Dimensions : 229 X 152 mm
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£22.95

Overview
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Chartres Cathedral is one of the crown jewels of world art and architecture. Construction began a decade and a half before, and concluded a century before, Notre-Dame was completed. Chatres avoided destruction during the anti-religion fervor of the French Revolution, and survived World War II - thanks to the efforts of the French Resistance and a single American soldier. The grand cathedral's stained glass was first protected, in 1939 and 1940, by the French Resistance. Four years later, Col. Wellborn Griffith stepped up. His superiors decided the cathedral was expendable, since German snipers were presumed to be in its spires, but he personally inspected the cathedral and cleared it - and later that day was killed while patrolling the town. In a book in the spirit of The Monuments Men, Victor Pollak describes the efforts to save Chartres Cathedral.