Issue 8 – March 2023 (Digital)

Issue 8 – March 2023 (Digital)


This issue begins with an exploration of a bit of a mystery – a rare thing in England – the shrine of a medieval saint with the relics still within it, it is a mystery how it survived, but it is even more of a puzzle trying to work out who the saint within was.  The second article is about an unusual office associated with the English coronation, that of the King’s Champion; we look at the role and how it originated, and again there is an air of mystery about how it came into being.  Then we look at an aspect of medieval iconography in an article examining the eastern origin of two of the most popular images in late medieval Western art – the Mass of St Gregory and the Man of Sorrows.  There’s little mystery here about how they came to be: they came into the Western artistic lexicon through tall stories told to pilgrims!  Then lastly, a fourth article is about a church building in a remote part of the Black Mountains in Wales, a building full of medieval treasures. There are two mysteries here: the first is the identity and story of the early medieval saint that the church is dedicated to; the second is how on earth this building has retained some of the unique medieval fixtures and fittings within it.   I hope you enjoy reading it.

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The study of the past is an endeavour that involves endless adventure and deep dives down rabbit holes of discovery. The Antiquary magazine is unlike any other history magazine – it is a personal project I have lovingly brought to life to share with you.  When you subscribe to The Antiquary magazine, you join me as I delve into the past and share with you many of the absorbing facets, obscure details, and intriguing stories and narratives I have pulled out of the rabbit holes of history. The magazine is a monthly treasure trove of in-depth articles and features, all copiously and beautifully illustrated from my photographic archive.  This issue will transport you back to the past and illuminate some of our culture’s lost and hidden treasures.

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