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Landscape and Architecture

Misericords: The Best-Kept Secret in English Cathedrals and Churches

113 TUTOR: Matt Gow (Marlborough College BA RSA Dip)

Misericords are the hidden wooden seats designed to ease the suffering of those standing at prayer for hours on end, found mainly, but not exclusively, in cathedrals up and down the land. They are a modern day phenomena that survived the Reformation, the English Civil War and misguided 20th century modernisation programmes. They portray intriguing images that range in scope from mythical creatures to Biblical scenes and everyday depictions of domestic medieval life. This course will explain their origins and the messages they were intended to send. You will go on field trips to Tewkesbury, Gloucester and Fairford to see some spectacular examples and learn more about these fascinating and enduring pieces of medieval art. Please note that three days of this course will involve trips in a minibus.

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