Resources: Labyrinth in Chartres


Circling the Labyrinth: Text by Jill; Tune by Donna Kasbohm (pdf)
Circling the Labyrinth: Text by Jill; Tune: Amazing Grace (pdf)

Walking the Labyrinth Hymn: Text: Jill K H Geoffrion, Tune: For the Beauty of the Earth (pdf)

Written Resources in English and in French

Books By Jill: Praying the Labyrinth and Praying the Chartres Labyrinth

Barush, Kathryn. 2020. “Labyrinths as an Embodied Pilgrimage Experience: an Ignatian Case Study.” In Material Christianity. Western Religion and the Agency of Things, 197-223. Switzerland: Springer.

Brandstatter, Natasha. 2008. “Dancing Through Time: The Evolution of the Labyrinth into a Symbol for Pilgrimage.”  Caerdroia 37:18-30.

Connolly, Daniel. 2005. “At the Center of the World: The Labyrinth Pavement of Chartres Cathedral.” In Art and architecture of late medieval pilgrimage in Northern Europe and the British Isles, edited by Sarah Blick and Rita Tekippe, 285-314. Boston: Brill.

Critchlow, Keith, Jane  Carroll, and Llewylyn Vaughn Lee. 1973. “Chartres Maze: A Model of the Universe?”  Architectural Association Quarterly 5:11-20.

Ellard, Peter. November 1997. “The Theology of the School of Chartres and the Labyrinth of Chartres Cathedral.” American Academy of Religion, San Francisco, CA.

Ferré, Robert. 1997. The Chartres Labyrinth.  Trilogy. St. Louis, MO: One Way Press.

Ferré, Robert. 1999. The Origin of the Chartres Labyrinth Pattern. St. Louis, MO: One Way Press.

Ferré, Robert. 2001. Constructing the Chartres Labyrinth. An Instruction Manual. St. Louis, MO: One Way Press.

Geoffrion, Jill K. H. 2006. Praying the Chartres Labyrinth: A Pilgrim’s Guidebook. Cleveland, OH: Pilgrim Press.

Geoffrion, Jill K H, and Alain P. Louët. 2010. “The Petit Labyrinth Graffito of Chartres Cathedral.”  Caerdroia 40:4-8.

Geoffrion, Jill K H, and Alain P. Louët. 2010. “The Petit Labyrinth Graffito of Chartres Cathedral.”  Caerdroia 40:4-8.

Geoffrion, Jill K H, and Alain Pierre Louët. 2015. “The Mysterious Circles at Chartres.”  Caerdroia 44 (1):59.

McGregor, Mary Jean. 2012. “Walking the Labyrinth in the Cathedral of Notre-Dame de Chartres: The Lived Experience of Middle-aged North Americans while on Pilgrimage. A Grounded Theory Study.”Doctoral Thesis, The Union University.

French Books and Articles

Chartres, Association de Amis du Centre Médiéval Européen de. 1999. Un Fil D’Ariane Pour Le Labyrinthe de Chartres. Actes du Colloque Européen des 3 et 4 juilliet 1999. Chartres: AACMEC.

Frésson, Gilles. Mars-Avril 1990. “A propos du labyrinthe.”  Notre Dame de Chartres:16-18.

Joly, Roger. 1999. “Une Nouvelle Lecture pour Le Labyrinthe de la Cathédrale de Chartres.”  Bulletin de la Société d’Archéologie d’Eure et Loir 63:202-231.

Ketley-LaPorte, John & Odette. 1997. Chartres : Le Labyrinthe Déchiffré: Éditions Jean-Michel Garnier.

Related Resources

Doob, Penelope. 1985. “The Auxerre Labyrinth Dance.” In Proceedings of the Eighth annual conference of the Society of Dance History Scholars.”  Dance History Scholars:132-141.

Evans, D.A.D. 1992. Labyrinths in Medieval Churches: An Investigation of Form and Function: University of Arizona.

Kern, Hermann. 2000. Through the Labyrinth.  Designs and Meanings over 5,000 Years. New York: Prestel.

Naert. 1996. Le Labyrinthe de la Cathédral de Reims. La Signature des Batisseurs. Fontenay-sous-Bois.

Web Resources:

Is That A Fact? By Jeff and Kimberly Lowelle Saward If you want to know the truth about the Chartres labyrinth (No, if the west wall was laid down its center would not line up with the center of the labyrinth), this is the place to get correct information. Please read it!

The Chartres Cathedral Labyrinth, FAQs by Jeff Saward Labyrinth historian extraordinaire, provides some answers to some of the most often asked questions about this labyrinth.

Jill’s Articles and Books on Labyrinths

Labyrinth Prayer: An Ancient Yet New Way To Pray (pdf)