Tony Grist (poliphilo) wrote,
Tony Grist

Blanche Mortimer

St Bartholomew's, Much Marcle has a chancel that goes on for ever and a high altar that is almost out of earshot of the nave. There are several green men doing their thing on the tops of pillars and no fewer than four tombs with effigies- three of them medieval. The effigy of Blanche Mortimer (the Mortimers were among the power brokers of the Welsh Marches) is supremely lovely- a masterpiece of 14th century art- refined, restrained, deeply spiritual. Why do we make a fuss about Michelangelo's David and ignore this? The world is mad.

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