Spires, Saints, Shrines and Sheep: Building Medieval Cathedrals


Richard Higginson’s recent tour of England’s cathedrals has led him to reflect on some fundamental questions: Why and how were they built? What type of workers built them and who paid for them? How did their construction take place in business terms? The answers are intriguing. He shows how cathedral construction was a visionary effort sustained over many centuries, an impressive inter-generational community project.