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Every year, more than half a million visitors visit Durham Cathedral, whether as pilgrims to the shrine of St. Cuthbert, as worshippers attending services, or simply to enjoy the astounding beauty of this building and its setting. There they find, not just one of the greatest examples of Romanesque architecture in the world, and not merely the treasures of religious life, learning and worship gathered over nearly a thousand years, but a living embodiment of Christian life, hope and aspiration as relevant in the twenty-first century as it has ever been. "Durham Cathedral: Light of the North" is a stunningly illustrated portrait of Durham Cathedral in which the author traces the development of this magnificent Norman cathedral through the words of kings, prince-bishops, priests and chroniclers. His lively account brings to life not only the dramatic events of the past, but also the day-to-day existence of the cathedral and its people, from monastic times to the present day. The building, described by Bill Bryson in his Notes from a "Small Island" as "...the best cathedral on planet earth," includes newly commissioned photography of the cathedral and its treasures, along with a substantial number of beautiful archive images. Written by John Field, author of a distinguished history of Westminster Abbey, the book on the one hand tells a compelling story in its own right, at the same time as providing a practical guide to the building and its monuments. Certainly it is a volume to treasure for every friend, old or new of Durham Cathedral.