Enjoy finding out about this quirkiest of medieval arts in Church Misericords and Bench Ends.
Misericords are the ledges provided for the clergy to lean against during the divine offices – however the subjects are often far removed from the divine, and are frequently amusing and earthy, and sometimes downright bawdy. Either a bit of humorous light relief or subversively satirical, misericords and bench ends are often the best-preserved survivors of the medieval woodcarver’s art. Author Richard Hayman draws our attention to some of the most engaging examples.
There are some great examples in Winchester’s choir stalls – click here to see a selection.