Tewkesbury Abbey: 14th C Faces

Tewkesbury Abbey: 14th C Faces

On a recent visit to Tewkesbury Abbey, I was struck by the carvings of individual faces from the 14th C. The abbey had an upgrade in the 1320-1350 period, which is likely when the faces were carved. These are faces from over 670 years ago. What were the times they...
Exeter Cathedral Nativity Statues

Exeter Cathedral Nativity Statues

In the porch of the exit (west end) of Exeter Cathedral are statues representing the Nativity. It is difficult to photograph as the space is confined and there are 2 scenes, one on top of the other. The upper scene appears to be of Mary cradling Jesus, with the...
King John at Worcester – England Bites Back

King John at Worcester – England Bites Back

I believe it was the historian David Carpenter who suggested that the lion at the base of the tomb effigy of King John at Worcester Cathedral represents the people of England. The lion has grabbed King John’s sword and is biting and bending it. The lion is turning on...
King John & England – from Angevin Kingdom to Papal Fiefdom

King John & England – from Angevin Kingdom to Papal Fiefdom

I recently went to a performance of Shakespeare’s King John at the RSC in Stratford Upon Avon. It is not a play that is performed often, and I wasn’t sure what to expect as I hadn’t read up about the RSC’s performance beforehand. I was blown away by it. It was set in...