Medieval Vestments 1.0 – Albs, Amices and Apparels

This is a first in a series of brief articles on late medieval western liturgical dress and vestments.  It is intended to provide a brief introduction to the terminology used to describe medieval vestments, for those who are unfamiliar with them.  My intention is to provide a guide that will help fellow art historians describe... Continue Reading →

Myth-busting – the ‘Devil’s Doors’ revisited.

Today I am delighted to be able to share with you a guest post written by my colleague Dr Nicholas Groves, in which he discusses the evidence for the most persistent of Ecclesiological myths, that of the 'Devil's door'.  Many medieval doors in churches are blocked up, some of the blocked doors are to the... Continue Reading →

“go to the eternal fire, you accursed” – a painted rood beam

Woodeaton in Oxfordshire has a super little medieval church with lots to delight and catch the interest. The walls have the remains of layer upon layer of medieval wallpaintings, including lots of red ochre lining out on the walls of the nave and a delightful St Christopher facing the main south door, just where you... Continue Reading →

Chantries, poor livings and the gift of a lectern

Late medieval gospel lecterns are wonderful things and I have blogged about them and their purpose before.  There are quite a number of 15th-century latten lecterns in Norfolk and Suffolk, but the example from Oxborough in Norfolk, dating from the 1480s, is particularly impressive.  Not only is it a delightful object visually, with its eagle... Continue Reading →

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