Green men are figures or heads that were carved in churches, abbeys and cathedrals from the twelfth to the sixteenth centuries. Inspired by the illustrations in book margins where heads were used to terminate trails of foliage, they were usually carved in the form of human masks, cats' or demons' heads. The earliest architectural green men are found in the churches of the wealthy and influential, such as Henry I's private chapel in Derbyshire but they were still produced in lesser numbers into the nineteenth century. Richard Hayman discusses the origins and definitions of these fascinating figures and traces their many declines and revivals throughout history - a valuable guide for any church history enthusiast.
Richard Hayman is a professional archaeologist by day, and a writer and photographer by night. He has specialised in the archaeology of recent centuries in his working life but otherwise writes about the cultural history of places and buildings from prehistory to the present. He studied archaeology at Cardiff University and has a PhD from Birmingham University.
You can find out more if you drop by at www.richard-hayman.co.uk