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Images of saints in churches increased greatly in the medieval period, candles were lit in front of them and prayers were offered to them. Lives of saints perhaps related more easily to the lives of ordinary people than the life of Christ or the Virgin. Though some of the stories now seem far-fetched, to the medieval mind miracles were proof of God’s work on earth. Saint Lawrence was martyred in an incredibly painful way; he was roasted alive on a gridiron.

Nottingham Castle Museum and Art Gallery





polychromed alabaster


H 37 x W 26.5 x D 5 cm

Accession number

NCM 1952-16

Acquisition method

purchased from Messrs S. W. Wolsey, 1952

Work type



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Nottingham Castle Museum and Art Gallery

Friar Lane, off Maid Marian Way, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire NG1 6EL England

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