According to tradition, the gargoyles were posted as sentries, to ward off malevolent spirits and to remind parishioners of the evil beyond the church doors. Author Lester Burbank Bridaham takes a more optimistic view. Noting the stone guardians' whimsical nature, he discusses the artisanal ingenuity involved in their creation. He also points out how they represented a rare sense of freedom in the Middle Ages, in terms of public satire and unbridled artistic enthusiasm. As this book reveals, the timeless appeal of the gargoyle - whether symbolic, spiritual, decorative, or fanciful - continues to captivate the imagination.
Reprint of Gargoyles, Chimeres, and the Grotesque in French Gothic Sculpture, Architectural Book Publishing Co, New York, 1930.