St Mary's Church, Beverley

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Wild Men in the Misericords

"Beverley in Yorkshire is fortunate to have two fine sets of medieval misericords: the Minster has sixty-three (dating from 1520) and the church of St Mary has twenty-three (dating from c. 1445). The misericords of the Minster have received a fair amount of attention ... The misericords of St Mary's have received relatively less attention. This is unfortunate, since three of them provide some interesting evidence for the development of the 'wild-man' or 'wodewose' motif in English art and literature"

So begins Bruce Moore’s 1992 article on wild-men in our misericords published in Volume 64 of the Yorkshire Archaeological Journal.

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