a medieval minute: the green man



The green man was a popular grotesque often seen on churches and other buildings in the medieval world. The green man is a symbol of rebirth and representations of him exist in many cultures. There are about 70 depictions of the green man on the facade of Chartres Cathedral. A three-headed green man from Chartres is pictured below.


Green men were also seen inside churches as on this Misericord from Norwich Cathedral.


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About medievalphyllis

I love history and I love writing. I've been working on an historical novel about a medieval viscountess, Ermengarde of Narbonne since 2009. It has been quite a journey and the journey isn't over. Previously I written 6 historical novels for kids, but this is a new challenge.
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