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Gargoyles and Grotesques
by Alex Woodcock (Goodreads Author)
Gargoyles are an architectural feature designed to throw rainwater clear of the walls of a building. Widely used on medieval churches, these water spouts were often richly decorated, and fashioned as serpents' heads and other fanciful shapes. Today, the term gargoyle is also popularly applied to any carved decorative head or creature high up on a building and this book is ...more
Paperback, 64 pages
Published May 24th 2011 by Shire
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A short but informative book, lots of pictures and references as to where to find the best examples. Despite all the research, it seems no one really knows why they became so popular or varied. Shire books have some really fascinating subjects to read up on!
Alex Woodcock is the author of non-fiction books on history and art including the award-winning Of Sirens and Centaurs: Medieval Sculpture at Exeter Cathedral (2013) and Gargoyles and Grotesques (2011). He wrote his PhD on medieval sculpture at the University of Southampton and then trained as a stonemason, later working at Exeter Cathedral for six years as part of the team conserving its iconic w ...moreMore about Alex Woodcock...