. Behind the Cathedral Master masons made these bastions their own by blending crafts, attaining structural awe; from Notre Dame, to Salisbury and Cologne they dazzled kings and stupefied the poor. The scale envisaged dwarfed the parish churches; kaleidoscopic windows tamed the light, while gargoyles gurned from on their lofty perches and arches rent the sky to left and right. These shrewd constructors pushed the stone-set lines and exorcised the darkened ages’ ghost. They didn’t worship others’ shoddy shrines, but raised their own great works on which to boast. The visionary, not the skeptic’s eye is arbiter as epochs march on by. . . Paul A. Freeman is the author of Rumours of Ophir, a crime novel which was taught in Zimbabwean high schools and has been translated into German. In addition to having two novels, a children’s book and an 18,000-word narrative poem (Robin Hood and Friar Tuck: Zombie Killers!) commercially published, Paul is the author of hundreds of published short stories, poems and articles.