A misericord is a minor bit of ecclesiastical fakery: a small ledge on the underside of a hinged church seat, on which a...

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THE HIDDEN WORLD OF MISERICORDS

A misericord is a minor bit of ecclesiastical fakery: a small ledge on the underside of a hinged church seat, on which a ""standing"" worshiper may unobtrusively sit with the seat folded up. Beneath the misericord, medieval ingenuity discovered the ideal site for carved jeux d'esprit--caricatured faces, cavorting animals, scenes of burgher or peasant life--some quite bawdy--and illustrations of proverbs. Most of the Kraus' handsome black-and-white pictorials are from 15th and 16th century France.

Pub Date: Dec. 1, 1975

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Publisher: Braziller

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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Dec. 1, 1975