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Church Curiosities: Strange Objects and Bizarre Legends

Church Curiosities: Strange Objects and Bizarre Legends

by David Castleton

Published by Shire Publications

8.3"x6.4", 96p, color photographs, paperback

$14.00

A guide to the eccentric and rare objects, tales, and legends that lie hidden behind the doors of Britain’s churches. Why does Frensham Church contain a cauldron said to have belonged to fairies? What stories lurk behind Lincoln Cathedral’s imp, Westminster Abbey’s macabre royal effigies, and Salisbury Cathedral’s “boy bishop” statue? Why do Britain’s churches contain dragon-slaying spears, monstrous cows’ ribs, pagan Roman altars, reindeer horns, and archbishops’ mummified skulls? David Castleton takes you on a journey through the fascinating world of lepers’ squints, sanctuary knockers, virgins’ garlands, and pancake bells, forever altering your view of Britain’s churches and cathedrals.

 

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