Thursday, November 06, 2014

Tring Tiles: more book research (Middle Ages)

There's a bit of mystery about how these tiles ended up in a curiosity shop in Tring, U.K.
 After all, they date from about 1330!

They portray a series of scenes from -- supposedly -- the life of Jesus, but they aren't just the same old New Testament tales. They are a medieval take on biblical stories and are particularly interesting because they portray the everyday life of the 14th century England rather than the Palestine over a thousand years earlier. They can be seen in the British Museum in London.

The above tile supposedly shows Jesus playing by the river making pools. When a bully destroys one, he falls dead, only to be resurrected by the young Jesus, apparently achieving this miracle by giving him a kick, after being admonished by his mother. (Or touching him lightly with his foot. Take your pick.) The first English comic strip?


Jo said...

How odd. I used to have some old coloured tiles, just 2 of them. One I am pretty sure showed Sir Francis Drake still bowling with the Armada in the background out at sea. Never knew what the other was.

Glenda Larke said...

Hey, they might have been worth a mint... :)

These were believed to have been part of a building around Tring, possibly a monastery that was there once and which were scattered when that building was demolished.