a medieval minute: Eleanor Crosses


King Edward I of England lost his wife Eleanor of Castile in 1290 after 35 years of marriage. The couple was devoted, and the bereft Edward memorialized his wife in 12 crosses marking the places her body rested each night on its journey from the vicinity of Lincoln to London.

Three of the memorial crosses, pictured above, have survived. Edward and Eleanor are depicted on Lincoln Cathedral below.


In all the times I visited London, it never occurred to me to wonder where the Underground stop named Charing Cross got its name. It was the site of one of the Eleanor Crosses. In the twentieth century, a sculptor made a new Eleanor Cross near its original location.

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