||[Jun. 28th, 2014|08:19 am]
We had a quiet day yesterday. Just pottered around Christchurch then came back to the hotel and put the tennis on- and Ailz did her cross stitch and I edited photos. Christchurch Priory is one of England's greatest churches- mainly Romanesque but with Perpendicular add-ons- and it has a Tree of Jesse which very largely escaped the attention of the little men with hammers.|
Also a swoony memorial to Percy and Mary Shelley...
with the *@#% World Cup, Tennis is getting a short shrift here.
England went out in the first round (thankfully).
That's a pretty wonderful Tree of Jesse -- interesting that the trunk leads to a pulpit-like affair rather than branches as in many of the others I know.
That's quite a swoony memorial to Shelley. Are you a fancier of Shelley? If so, you might be interested in this project on Prometheus Unbound, spearheaded by a couple guys from UPenn and including a MOOC (online course) as well as a seminar series and other delights. I heard them present last week and thought I might try it, going so far as to download a copy of the play, but I am finding it heavy going.https://sites.google.com/site/theunbindingprometheusproject/home
I had a bit of a thing for Shelley when I was a kid, but it faded. There are things of his I still like a lot- parts of Adonais for instance.
That last one looks a lot like that other Mary and that other dead guy.
Atheist provocateur Percy B. would NOT have liked that monument! Mary is "Memorial Guest of Honor" at this summer's Readercon. That image would have been great for the program book.
It's a powerful image, I think- and should be better known.
The sculptor- chappie called Weekes- will have known what he was doing.
I'm rather fond of that weed-draped drownèd Shelley, especially as when I was last there it was tucked away in a corner of the bookshop... All bookshops should have one.
I think I remember reading that the monument was originally intended for St Peter's in Bournemouth, but they turned it down for being too big/sacrilegious(?)...
They've moved the bookshop since. And quite right too. Churches often undervalue their possessions.
I did wonder why the monument had ended up in Christchurch- a town neither of the Shelleys had any connection with- so far as I can see.
Bournemouth's loss is Christchurch's gain.