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A Little Book Of Misericords


Today our newspapers are filled with stories of UFOs, extra-terrestial abduction, serial killers and disasters. The medieval mind found its horrors not in newspapers or the cinema but in the picture walls of the great cathedrals, the doom windows that showed devils dragging the lost down into the maw of hell, the creatures of the night that were carved into the stone of the bosses and the capitals and the hidden wooden world of the misericords.


Hardcover: 64 pages
Publisher: Aurum Press Ltd; text and photography by Mike Harding… edition (23 Jun 1998)
Language English
ISBN-10: 1854105620
ISBN-13: 978-1854105622


Misericords are the wooden rests which are in many ancient abbey choir stalls. They are often decorated with small carvings which depict mythical beasts or daily scenes (rarely religious scenes). Mike Harding has made a detailed study of these. The books has many close-up photographs, and a consice but witty commentary on each.