Mural Paintings in English Churches during the Middle Ages: An Introductory Essay on the Folk Influence in Religious Art

Mural Paintings in English Churches during the Middle Ages: An Introductory Essay on the Folk Influence in Religious Art

Mural Paintings in English Churches during the Middle Ages: An Introductory Essay on the Folk Influence in Religious Art

Mural Paintings in English Churches during the Middle Ages: An Introductory Essay on the Folk Influence in Religious Art

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When I began to work upon the ideas embodied in this essay, I was foolish enough to cast about in my mind for justifying reasons, thinking that a treatise upon the remote art--and religious art at that--of this country could provide little material of interest to a twentieth- century reader. That dry knowledge was not a sufficient justification of itself seemed reasonable to me; for such arrays of facts are dead, and I did not feel that I was qualified either to collect such facts or, even having mastered my raw material, to inspire it with any life.

To pose as a critic of mediæval religion seemed to me to be the most barren of all useless occupations; for the faults of the age were dead with the age, and death is more than correction.

Those who have patience enough to read through the harvest of this dubiety will easily perceive how, in the very process of writing, the subject developed itself. The work began . . .

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