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An Odd Couple [Jan. 7th, 2019|07:21 pm]
Tony Grist

This is the West Window Of Farningham church, Kent. Mid 20th century, not hideous, a little bit boring- except...just look who's in it!

On the right our present queen as a young woman- which suggests that the coronation is being commemorated.

And on the left, well who do you think? The only online writer who seems to have noticed the window has taken a quick glance at it and decided it must be George VI- because that would make sense. Wrong. Look properly. He's got long hair, he's got a beard (very un-George VI) and he's holding a crown of thorns. Give up? Drumroll. It's Charles I.

There are those on the Anglo Catholic wing of the Church of England who regard Charles I as a saint and martyr. They have their reasons- which are not widely shared. For them this coupling is appropriate. But for most others (including most royalists) there has to be something a little off, a little inauspicious about linking one's hopes for a new reign with the memory of the autocrat who waged war on his own people and ended up losing his head.

Which is why I suspect this window is unique.

[User Picture]From: halfmoon_mollie
2019-01-07 09:01 pm (UTC)
it sure is beautiful.
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[User Picture]From: strange_complex
2019-01-07 10:53 pm (UTC)
It's not even just the hair. It literally says 'C R' right above him. From the absence of a 'II' (as she correctly has), that can only mean Charles I.
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[User Picture]From: puddleshark
2019-01-08 06:50 am (UTC)
Charles I in a window? That's taking royalist fervour a wee bit too far...

I've noticed in children's history books of the 1950s that there's often a tendency to make Oliver Cromwell and the Roundheads the villains of the piece. I always assumed this was because the Cavaliers had the more glamorous hair, but it seems I hadn't taken into account the effects of the Coronation.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2019-01-08 08:49 am (UTC)
I remember there being a kind of hushed reverence around the Royal Family when I was growing up. One did not make jokes about them or caricature them or refer to them as Phil and Liz- or any of that sort of thing.
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[User Picture]From: idahoswede
2019-01-08 07:57 am (UTC)
That is truly one of the most bizarre pairings I have ever seen.
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