The World Upside-Down: English Misericords

The World Upside-Down: English Misericords

Christa Grossinger / Aug 19, 2019

The World Upside Down English Misericords This book describes and illustrates one of the most entertaining popular art forms of the Middle Ages the misericord the carved hinged seat of the choir stall found in monastic and parish churches a

  • Title: The World Upside-Down: English Misericords
  • Author: Christa Grossinger
  • ISBN: 9781872501642
  • Page: 298
  • Format: Paperback
  • This book describes and illustrates one of the most entertaining popular art forms of the Middle Ages, the misericord the carved, hinged seat of the choir stall found in monastic and parish churches and in cathedrals These ledges were introduced as a concession to elderly and frail monks who found it difficult to stand through the eight daily Offices In the courseThis book describes and illustrates one of the most entertaining popular art forms of the Middle Ages, the misericord the carved, hinged seat of the choir stall found in monastic and parish churches and in cathedrals These ledges were introduced as a concession to elderly and frail monks who found it difficult to stand through the eight daily Offices In the course of time they were decorated and eventually extensively carved with narrative scenes English misericords have their own distinctive style and express a particular sense of humour Intended as antidotes to the rigorous celibate life of the monks, they depict unrestrained and often bawdy subject matter and present an explicit and frank expression of the unmentionable Most of the surviving misericords are from the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries, though a few earlier ones are to be found some, in London and Cambridge, are from the sixteenth century and have distinctly Renaissance qualities Exceptionally fine series are to be found in Exeter, Lincoln, Manchester, Worcester, Ripon and Wells Cathedral, but many excellent examples can be seen in parish churches all over the country The book is richly illustrated from new, specially taken photographs, with full descriptive captions and a map of the locations of misericords mentioned It will act as companion to students of medieval art and society, and to all those interested in the popular arts, that can still be seen in our own time.

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