The practice of our masons of putting the blood of oxen into mortar was no doubt in the first instance associated with the idea of a sacrifice; however this may be, the blood had no doubt a real effect in hardening the mortar, just the same as treacle, which has been known to be used in our days. The use of cement when any extra strength is needed has put aside the use of either blood or treacle in the mixing of mortar.
Saturday, 13 October 2012
Friday, 12 October 2012
|A Treatise on Relics - John Calvin|
(1870) - Project Gutenburg
"Now, let us reckon up those apostles who possess two or three bodies. St Andrew has a duplicate at Amalfi, St Philip and St James the Minor both have duplicates at Rome, ad sanctos Apostolos, St Simeon and St Jude the same in St Peter's Church. St Bartholomew enjoys an equal privilege at Rome, in the church bearing his name. Here we have enumerated six of them, each provided with two bodies, and St Bartholomew has an additional skin into the bargain, which is shown at Pisa. St Matthew, however, outrivals them all, for besides the body at Padua, which we have before mentioned, he has another at Rome in the church of St Maria Maggiore, a third at Treves, and an additional arm at Rome."
|Saint Andrew - Little Snoring [Link]|
© Godric Godricson
I like this photogrtaph because it gives some impression of the big sky that frames Norfolk and the graveyard. We can also see how the lovable rascals in the Diocese of Norwich have allowed the grubbing out of many memorials and monuments.