Sunday, 21 March 2010

Temple Church & Knights' Effigies

Have been meaning to post for awhile, but it's been so busy, what with the RNA lunch last week -  which was fabulous! - and then there have been revisions...there's been no time to draw breath!  But here are some pictures of the knights' effigies in Temple Church.

Temple Church was built by the Knights Templar in the twelfth century.  It is in the Inns of court near the River Thames in London and it's survived many changes, one of the most dramatic being a terrible bombing in the blitz.    There's an unusual circular nave, which is where you can find the knights' effigies.  One of them belongs to William Marshal, which made me think of Elizabeth Chadwick and her wonderful novel, The Greatest Knight.

Temple Church isn't always open to visitors so you have to pick your time for a visit.   You can find out more about Temple Church, including opening times here:


Kate Hardy said...

What lovely pics! It's on my list of places to visit. Did you know tht the coffin of Geoffrey de Mandeville was hung in their orchard for 20 years until the prior of Walden Abbey (which was still a priory then) persuaded the pope to lift his excommunication?

Carol Townend said...

Hi Kate!
No, I had not heard about that, how fascinating...a coffin hanging in an orchard???! It's a new one for me!

Nicola Cornick said...

It's on my list too. What a fascinating place!

Alison said...

Much jealousy here!