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Gargoyles and Grotesques
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on 28 September 2011
Glowering and grimacing from church walls, gargoyles (which acted as waterspouts) and grotesques (which had no practical function) are examples of medieval carving which are often overlooked because of their out-of-the-way locations. Comical and satirical figures mingle with terrifying monsters and fantastical beasts, even depictions of violent or obscene acts. At Lacock in Wiltshire, for example, is a chained beast devouring several figures; a sow suckles piglets at Bloxham, Oxfordshire; and at Adderbury are a pair of human-headed, hoofed quadrupeds. Alex Woodcock traces the history of gargoyles and grotesques, explains their subject matters and describes the best examples, in this readable and well-illustrated guide to these musicians, mermaids, monsters and mouth-pullers that still fascinate church visitors.
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on 9 June 2011
This book is a little gem, I have always pondered the significance of the mythical creatures adorning buildings the world over and this book helped answer many of my questions. I found out about different types of gargoyle and about how the time periods they were carved in affected what they look like.
Have you ever heard of Sheela na gigs? These rude little carvings will make you chuckle with their naughty but hilarious positions and have you scanning all older buildings that you visit in the future on the off chance of seeing one. It is great that a working mason has spent the time to give us a little more insight into these fantastic, lively beings.
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on 22 November 2012
I wanted to see pictures as part of description and I got pictures.. GR8 book
very educational too. Very helpful for my sculpture ideas.
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on 29 April 2013
I thought there might have been a bit more about the history of gargoyles and grotesques. A bit disapointing really
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on 27 April 2015
An excellent introduction to the subject. Clear text and good illustrations. The 'Shire' series can always be relied upon.
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on 5 July 2016
Interesting
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on 9 February 2015
great
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on 2 June 2015
OK
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on 1 December 2014
Good book
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