This talk will explore knightly effigies carved between 1461-1485, together with an historical background for the use of alabaster, which the large majority are made from. The mid-late fifteenth century is the zenith for the use of plate armour and this talk will explore this fascinating period for not only armour but for church monuments. The effigies are portrayed wearing armour that would have been vogue at the time of death and it is crucial for any students studying costume to study effigies also.
Mark Downing is the President of the Church Monuments and a fellow of the Society of Antiquaries London. He has seen and published all military church monuments between 1200-1500 in England & Wales and is a leading authority on this subject; an interest he has had for over 30 years.