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Last few holiday photos: Lichfield

My sister's mother-in-law, Pat, took me to see Lichfield Cathedral. I know of Lichfield because of Robert of Huntingdon and Will Scarlet's marathon fistfight there.

The cathedral is amazing because of all the wonderful carving.

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I haven't any photos of the inside, which was lovely, because I didn't want to disturb the atmosphere. Apologies.There was a school choir and band practising in the cathedral. I don't know if they were playing religious or secular music, but they were glorious. We walked quietly around the cathedral listening to them.

We had a look at a display of some of the pieces of the Staffordshire Hoard. The garnet cloisonné pieces were particularly lovely despite being from weapons.

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The 15th C alms houses in the Cathedral Close. The houses are lopsided from age.

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On the way home we stopped briefly to look at the Roman ruins in the village of Wall. I wonder if Neil Gaiman's village of Wall in Stardust is based on this one?

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Finally, the loot I bought myself. A York Lucky Cat. I bought several of those for other people. A necklace from the Cat Gallery shop in York. I bought three others as gifts. A pair of dark blue Celtic style earrings. A pewter replica of Richard III's boar badge.


Dec. 3rd, 2013 05:50 pm (UTC)
Yaaaaaaay! It's so cool that you made it to Lichfield! :-D The cathedral is gorgeous! I'm so glad you had an opportunity to see it and the Staffordshire Hoard. Love the houses in the Cathedral Close and those Roman ruins in Wall. It's completely the wrong time period and culture, but Wall reminds me a bit of Old Sarum.

You picked up some magnificent loot! It's awesome that you were able to pick up that pewter replica of Richard III's boar badge. He's very much on my mind at the moment as I'm finally making my way through Phillipa Gregory's "The Cousins' War" series. I finished reading The White Queen last week and started reading The Red Queen on Sunday. :-)
Dec. 4th, 2013 07:12 am (UTC)
I think Lichfield is my favourite cathedral for now. The Staffordshire Hoard is interesting because it is obviously loot from a battlefield. There is some really beautiful work, especially the garnet work. Pat and I agreed that a few of the pieces would make lovely jewelry. :o)

I hope you're enjoying the Gregory series. I liked the third one, The Kingmaker's Daughter, the best.
Dec. 4th, 2013 05:59 pm (UTC)
After seeing your pictures, I can understand why Lichfield is your favourite cathedral! :-) I'm not sure which cathedral is my favourite. Maybe if I ever make it to Lichfield, it will become my favourite too.

I was actually thinking that The Kingmaker's Daughter might be the most interesting book to read. So far, I'm favouring The Red Queen over The White Queen as I think Margaret Beaufort (whether you agree with her views or not) makes a more interesting narrator.
Dec. 4th, 2013 07:04 pm (UTC)
I was influenced by the choir and band in the cathedral, which made the visit a joyful experience.

I agree that Margaret Beaufort is the more interesting narrator, especially as it's the first time I've read a novel from her point of view.

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