Wooden effigy of a knight, Southwark Cathedral

Wooden effigy of a knight, Southwark Cathedral

This is one of only 94 similar wooden effigies in Great Britain. The knight wears mail coat and coif dating him to around 1280. The carving is very similar to stone effigies of the same period. The effigy has been located in many different places and repaired on several occasions.

It is often stated that the legs being crossed at the ankles means that the knight was a crusader, however there is no evidence to support this. The identity of the knight is unknown but it is thought he was may be a member of the de Warenne family which had strong links with the church at this time.

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