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English Medieval Misericords: The Margins of Meaning

Author: HARDWICK PAUL
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 200
Pub Date: 18/04/2013
ISBN: 9781843838272
Availability: In stock
Quick overview A comprehensive survey of the intriguing misericord carvings, setting them in their religious context and looking at their different themes and motifs.
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Misericord carvings present a fascinating corpus of medieval art which, in turn, complements our knowledge of life and belief in the late middle ages. Subjects range from the sacred to the profane and from the fantastic to the everyday, seemingly giving equal weight to the scatological and the spiritual alike. Focusing specifically on England - though with cognisance of broader European contexts - this volume offers an analysis of misericords in relation to other cultural artefacts of the period. Through a series of themed "case studies", the book places misericords firmly within the doctrinal and devotional milieu in which they were created and sited, arguing that even the apparently coarse images to be found beneath choir stalls are intimately linked to the devotional life of the medieval English Church. The analysis is complemented by a gazetteer of the most notable instances. Paul Hardwick is Professor in English, Leeds Trinity University College.

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