medieval-religion: Scholarly discussions of medieval religion and culture
I've been contacted by the parish church at Melverley in Shropshire. They have what appears to be an intriguing liturgical artefact, found in the half-timbered wall of the church during conservation. It's shaped like a small bread shovel, about a foot long, but with a cross in circle device at the end of the handle. They wonder whether it could have been used for distributing the holy loaf, but it looks a bit small for that. And probably too plain to be a pax.
I have photos which I can forward off list.
Dr Madeleine Gray
Reader in History
School of Education/Ysgol Addysg
University of Wales, Newport/Prifysgol Cymru, Casnewydd
Caerleon Campus/Campws Caerllion,
Newport/Casnewydd  NP18 3QT Tel: +44 (0)1633.432675
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