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Southwark Cathedral photo, Wooden effigy of a knight

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This wooden effigy of an unknown knight stands against the north side of the north aisle. This is thought to be one of the earliest examples of a wooden effigy in Britain. It was made in London between 1280 and 1300. It is possible that the knifght was a member of the Warenne family, who were patrons of the Augustinian priory here. Notice the crossed legs. Traditional wisdom says that this pose indicates that the knight was a crusader, however, modern historians tend to scoff at that interpretation.

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