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Misericords, the ledges or 'mercy seats' provided for the comfort of the clergy while they sang the divine offices of the medieval Church, and the benches installed in parish churches in the later middle ages are the objects of a large proportion of the surviving medieval woodcarving in Britain. The subject matter of these carvings is not merely concerned with religion and religious symbolism. This book outlines the history of church seating, considers the status of the craftsmen and the influences on their work, and then explains the subject matter of the carvings.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780852639962
ISBN-10: 0852639961
Format: Paperback
(210mm x 150mm x 5mm)
Pages: 32
Imprint: Shire Publications Ltd
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Publish Date: 5-Sep-1998
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Richard Hayman

Richard Hayman studied archaeology in Cardiff, where he first became interested in medieval churches. He developed a particular interest in woodcarving while studying and photographing churches in his native Somerset and has since been photographing churches through the West of England. In addition he has worked as an industrial archaeologist in various parts of South Wales.

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