Case 7 - Monumental Brass

Case 7 - Monumental Brass

Images of children in the past were created by adults. These did not always portray a true picture of children’s lives. This memorial from a Hertfordshire church commemorates the death of an important lady. She is shown with her 12 children. If you look carefully, the children are all very similar. An accurate representation of their appearance was less important than their large number, which reflected well on the mother for bringing so many children into the world.

University of Cambridge Museum of Archaeology & Anthropology
Medieval, c. 1525

A funerary monument of a lady with her 4 sons and 8 daughters. The children, sometimes called... [Read more...]


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