Westminster Abbey:
A Church in History

David Cannadine

Publicaton Date
October 2019
Standard Number
Yale University Press
448 pages, 241 x 184mm
100 color + 100 b-w illus.

Westminster Abbey was one of the most powerful churches in Catholic Christendom before transforming into a Protestant icon of British national and imperial identity. Celebrating the 750th anniversary of the consecration of the current Abbey church building, this book features engaging essays by a group of distinguished scholars that focus on different, yet often overlapping, aspects of the Abbey’s history: its architecture and monuments; its Catholic monks and Protestant clergy; its place in religious and political revolutions; its relationship to the monarchy and royal court; its estates and educational endeavours; its congregations; and its tourists. Clearly written and wide-ranging in scope, this generously illustrated volume is a fascinating exploration of Westminster Abbey’s thousand-year history and its meaning, significance and impact within society both in Britain and beyond.

About the author

  • David Cannadine is president of the British Academy and Dodge Professor of History at Princeton University.