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An angel plays a string instrument, Misericord, Great Malvern Priory (by Julian P Guffogg, geograph.co.uk 3087064 61ab78ac) - Category:Misericords in England - Wikimedia Commons

An angel plays a string instrument, Misericord, Great Malvern Priory (by Julian P Guffogg, geograph.co.uk 3087064 61ab78ac) - Category:Misericords in England - Wikimedia Commons

Bowed key fiddle/nyckelharpa Italy: Siena (Siena-Kapelle), Taddeo di Bartoli c 1406-1412

Bowed key fiddle/nyckelharpa Italy: Siena (Siena-Kapelle), Taddeo di Bartoli c 1406-1412

eadfrith:  A Medieval Musician from The Rutland Psalter - folio 48v.  Playing a early type of violin known as The Vielle. Manuscript made in England, possibly in London circa AD 1260 Add MS 62925: Images from the British Library manuscript website. http://www.bl.uk/manuscripts/FullDisplay.aspx?ref=add_ms_62925

eadfrith: A Medieval Musician from The Rutland Psalter - folio 48v. Playing a early type of violin known as The Vielle. Manuscript made in England, possibly in London circa AD 1260 Add MS 62925: Images from the British Library manuscript website. http://www.bl.uk/manuscripts/FullDisplay.aspx?ref=add_ms_62925

January. A man with 2 cups, one for the old year, and one for the new, Misericord, Great Malvern Priory (by Julian P Guffogg, geograph.co.uk 3087096 9862a8e8) - Category:Misericords in England - Wikimedia Commons

January. A man with 2 cups, one for the old year, and one for the new, Misericord, Great Malvern Priory (by Julian P Guffogg, geograph.co.uk 3087096 9862a8e8) - Category:Misericords in England - Wikimedia Commons

Misericord in Blackburn Cathedral by John Tustin, via Geograph

Misericord in Blackburn Cathedral by John Tustin, via Geograph

October. A Swineherd knocks down acorns from an oak tree to feed the pigs, Misericord, Great Malvern Priory (by Julian P Guffogg, geograph.co.uk 3087072 1a633032) - Category:Misericords in England - Wikimedia Commons

October. A Swineherd knocks down acorns from an oak tree to feed the pigs, Misericord, Great Malvern Priory (by Julian P Guffogg, geograph.co.uk 3087072 1a633032) - Category:Misericords in England - Wikimedia Commons

St Bartholomew's church, Tong - misericord (2) by Mike Searle, via Geograph

St Bartholomew's church, Tong - misericord (2) by Mike Searle, via Geograph

St Martin's Church, Herne, Kent - Misericord in chancel - geograph.org.uk - 857975 - Category:Misericords in England - Wikimedia Commons

St Martin's Church, Herne, Kent - Misericord in chancel - geograph.org.uk - 857975 - Category:Misericords in England - Wikimedia Commons

Many of the finest medieval carvings in England are to found on misericords, and Godmanchester has a fine set. They include a rabbit, a monkey, a fox stealing a goose, a cat catching a rat, a beautifully spotted deer fawn, and a pet dog, with a huge collar, sitting on a cushion.  It is generally assumed that these seats were rescued from Ramsey Abbey or Huntingdon Priory at the dissolution of the monasteries in the 1530s.

Many of the finest medieval carvings in England are to found on misericords, and Godmanchester has a fine set. They include a rabbit, a monkey, a fox stealing a goose, a cat catching a rat, a beautifully spotted deer fawn, and a pet dog, with a huge collar, sitting on a cushion. It is generally assumed that these seats were rescued from Ramsey Abbey or Huntingdon Priory at the dissolution of the monasteries in the 1530s.

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