The medieval sculpture on the shrine of St Frideswide


Detail of sculpture on the shrine of St FrideswideFrideswide’s story, reminds me of the mysterious way in which God brings about his kingdom on earth. It offers us a parable of trust and triumph over adversity, inspired by trust in God’s will and dedication to His purpose. Frideswide hid in a tree to escape from King Algar and a worldly life. Surrounded by leaves, her face reflects her fear, her need for patience and her hope. The face and foliage show fine medieval craftsmanship but this is a part of the Cathedral that was nearly lost forever, because the shrine was damaged by iconoclasts, and  its broken pieces thrown down a well.
Jackie Holderness, Education Officer

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