Monday, 26 December 2011

York Minster Choir Screen 2

This is the second part of the Minster choir screen which depicts Henry III,  Edward I, Edward II, Edward III, Richard II, Henry IV, Henry V and Henry VI. The statues are almost life-sized and above each monarch is an angel playing a musical instrument. As this side has eight monarch and the other side seven the screen is slightly asymetrical. The work was begun whilst Henry V was on the throne and when he died unexpectedly they probably felt it politic to incorporate the new monarch into the screen.

The statue of Henry IV is not original, it was defaced many times (see Wars of the Roses if you are wondering why) and even replaced with James I. It was finally re-carved and replaced in the 19th century.

1 comment:

  1. Amazing history! I have Lancashire friends who still talk about the war of the roses.


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