From Bears To Bish­ops; Nor­folk’s Me­dieval Church Carv­ings

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Paul Har­ley, £17.95, Mas­cot Me­dia, 9781999845766

From gar­goyle wa­ter­spouts and benchends to green man carv­ings and roof bosses, our ec­cle­si­as­ti­cal her­itage in the county is fa­mous world­wide. Nor­wich pho­tog­ra­pher Paul Har­ley has searched through­out Nor­folk to pho­to­graph the as­sorted carv­ings that can be found, whether it is a cat and kit­ten, a bishop, devil or beast of the me­dieval imag­i­na­tion. Look­ing at these carv­ings, es­pe­cially the hu­man fig­ures, of a peas­ant in the stocks for ex­am­ple at Grim­ston, we feel closer to this long lost pe­riod as the carv­ings are so life­like and real. The face of a me­dieval per­son is rein­ter­preted in wood and stone but the cen­turies seem closer than be­fore. Look at the priest in prayer at Mer­ton and feel his thoughts.

Fas­ci­nat­ing. Fully il­lus­trated in black and white.

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