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Swedish Country Churches 2.


The book Svenska landsbygdskyrkor ⎮ Eglises de campagne suédoises is coming out soon !


It present 30 churches from two regions of Sweden, Västergötland and Värmland, with the aim of spotlighting their beauty and originality. One fascinating thing they have in common is that they have hand-painted interiors, dating from different periods of history.


The foreword and the texts for each church are written by Philippe Bouquet, former professor of Scandinavian languages at the University of Caen (France), and are in Swedish, French and English.



 

The book cover



 

Four pages of the book





 

The 30 churches and their location




Borgstena

Borgvik

Gräsmark

Bottnaryd

Bredsäter

Forsby

Forshem

Fullösa

Gudhem

Gökhem

Götene

Habo

Hammarö

Hedared

Holmestad

Husaby

Härja

Hönsäter

Kestad

Kinne-Vedum

Kungslena

Lugnås

Långserud

Skälvum

Suntak

Varnhem

Vesene

Visnum

Våmb

Älgarås



 

From the Foreword...



Laurent och jag har bemödat oss om att hitta de allra minsta kyrkorna, de som ligger så långt från allfartsvägarna som möjligt. Ibland har vi varit tvungna att följa små “valnötsdoftande” stigar, som man säger på franska, till exempel för att hitta Suntak, uppe på sin gräsbevuxna kulle.

Laurent et moi nous sommes ingéniés à rechercher les plus petites parmi les églises, situées à l’écart des grandes routes. Nous avons parfois dû, pour cela, emprunter « un petit sentier sentant la noisette », comme pour arriver à celle de Suntak, par exemple, sur sa butte herbeuse.

Laurent and I did take some pains to seek out the smallest among countryside churches, far from the madding crowd, far from motorways. We even had to walk some “walnut-smelling lanes”, as we say in French, for example to reach Suntak on its grassy hill.


Philippe Bouquet

 

Technical data


Format: 155x210 mm, 144 pages, 154 color photographs and one map

4/4 printing

Paper: Arctic volume white 150g (insert), Munken lynx 300g (cover)

ISBN 9789152715154

Weight: 391 g

First edition 230 copies, ©2022 Philippe Bouquet (text), Laurent Denimal (photo)



 

Support



We have got financial support from the Swedish Royal Patriotic Society (Kungliga Patriotiska Sällskapet) and the Swedish authors fund (Sveriges Författarfond) which make publication of this book possible.


We also got the support of the Church of Sweden (Research and Analysis Unit), and the Diocese of Karlstad, the Diocese of Växjö and the Skara Diocese Historical Society.


 

The book is allready presented on a dedicated page on my website



 

You can also follow the project on Instagram where I will publish the most recent news



 


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