A misericord in Exeter Cathedral depicting a representation of the Knight of the Swan

Date:
1930-1954
Location:
Exeter Cathedral, Cathedral Close, Exeter, Devon
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Cathedral Church of St Peter, Cathedral Close, Exeter, Devon
St Peter's Cathedral, Cathedral Close, Exeter, Devon
Reference:
AA54/04478
Type:
Photograph (Negative)

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Description

The misericords in Exeter Cathedral are thought to be the oldest complete set in Britain, dating from the mid-13th century. This misericord, on the south side, depicts the Knight of the Swan (also known as the Swan Knight, or Chevalier au Cygne). This medieval tale tells of a knight, who insisted his identity remain a secret, who travelled in a swan-drawn boat to defend a damsel. Many families claimed the knight as being their ancestor. The carving of this misericord shows the knight, wearing armour and a helmet, sitting in a boat upon the water, pulled by a large swan.

Content

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

Rights

© Historic England Archive

People & Organisations

Photographer: Cox, Mary Desiree

Keywords

Misericord, Medieval Cathedral, Religion