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Medieval Survivals [Apr. 21st, 2017|09:57 am]
Tony Grist
The men with the hammers don't always seem to have done such a good job. Maybe they couldn't be bothered to smash every last window. Maybe it was the end of the day and old Bill's rheumatics were giving him the gyp and he didn't want to go up the ladder again, maybe they left glass lying about on the floor in a condition that allowed parishioners to gather it up and keep it safe against happier times. Whatever. The fact is there are a lot of churches (at least round here) which have preserved fragments of medieval glass. I'm not talking complete windows here- those are much rarer- but odd little bits and pieces.

Of course it's also possible (and in same instances is clearly and statedly the case)that the fragments were the gift of 19th century antiquarians who purchased them from curiosity shops in Anyoldwhere. Obviously I like to think that some at least of the survivals are in the buildings they were made for.

Anyway, here's an excellent example from Kemsing- an almost complete roundel showing the Mother of God with the infant Jesus.



Kemsing also has this. I think what we're seeing is John the Baptist in hairy shirt pointing out Jesus as the Lamb of God. I love the trees.

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[User Picture]From: pondhopper
2017-04-21 12:35 pm (UTC)
Those are very fine bits!
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2017-04-21 01:16 pm (UTC)
It makes me very happy to go into a church and find that it has one or more of these fragments.
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[User Picture]From: pondhopper
2017-04-21 01:21 pm (UTC)

Yes. I feel the same way.

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[User Picture]From: puddleshark
2017-04-21 01:28 pm (UTC)
Beautiful. The John the Baptist is particularly fine. I love the whorls on his hair shirt...
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2017-04-21 02:48 pm (UTC)
He's a remarkably gentle and friendly-looking J the B.
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