A misericord in St Mary's Church depicting Sir Ywain and a horse being crushed by a portcullis, supported on either side by the towers of a castle under which stand mailed knights

St Mary's Church, Enville, South Staffordshire, Staffordshire
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This misericord, one of four in St Mary's Church, dates from the 15th century; the bench stalls in the church date from the late 15th century. In Arthurian legend, Sir Ywain is a knight of the Round Table. A poem titled 'Ywain and Gawain' tells the story of Ywain and Gawain's marriage, and the feats of valour that Ywain must perform in order to win Gawain back after breaking a vow. In one scene, Ywain defeats a knight who flees to his castle. Ywain pursues the knight but is trapped beneath the portcullis of the castle, which crashes down upon him and kills his horse.


This is part of the Series: LTC01/01 Lady Trenchard Cox: Series of Negatives; within the Collection: LTC01 Lady Trenchard Cox Collection


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Photographer: Cox, Mary Desiree


Misericord, Medieval Church, Post Medieval Church, Religion