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Title: The Cross in Ritual, Architecture and Art
Author: Tyack, Geo. S.
Language: English
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[Illustration: SOMERSBY CROSS.

_From a photo by Carlton & Son, Horncastle._]

  The Cross
  Ritual, Architecture, and Art





In this work my aim has been to deal in a popular way with the manifold
uses of the Cross as the symbol of the Christian Faith. The attempt
necessitates certain limitations; to give prominence to controversial
points, to go to foreign lands for illustrations and examples when so many
apt ones are to be found at home, or to load the pages with
references--any of these things would have been opposed to the object
which I have set before myself. If my outline be sufficiently broad and
clear, and the details, so far as they go, accurate--and to attain this no
pains have been spared--I shall be content.

Before closing this brief preface, it is to me both a pleasure and a duty
to express my grateful thanks to my friend and publisher, Mr. William
Andrews, for the use of his collection of works, notes, and pictures
relating to the Cross, and from his own productions I have gleaned some
out-of-the-way information.


  _August, 1896_.



  1. INTRODUCTORY--The pre-Christian Cross--Primitive
     cross-forms--The "Graffito blasfemo"--The vision of
     Constantine--Finding of the "True Cross"--The
     Crusades--Heraldic Crosses--The Templars, etc.--The
     Cross in the arms and badges and coinage of modern
     state                                                         1

     Christ, the Vine, Good Shepherd, etc.--The Agnus Dei--
     The Vatican Cross--Conciliar authority for Crucifix--
     The Iconoclasts--Eastern attitude towards images--
     Character of early crucifixes--Crucifixion scenes--
     Italian sacred art                                           14

  3. THE CROSS IN RITUAL--Prophetic types of the Cross--Sign
     of the Cross primitive--Method of making--Used in
     public offices: Eucharist, ordination, baptism,
     confirmation, public prayer--Processional Cross--
     Archbishop's Cross--Pectoral Cross--Cross in
     consecration of churches--Cross of Absolution--
     "Creeping to the Cross"--Feasts of the Cross--Invention
     and exaltation--Dedication to S. Cross or Holy Rood          28

     churches--Altar Cross--Genevan aversion to--The rood
     and rood-loft--English roods--The "Rood of Grace"--
     Destruction of roods--Modern revival of use of--
     Embroidered crosses on vestments--The fylfot on bells--
     Spire-cross--Churchyard crosses destroyed and renewed--
     Weeping Cross and Palm Cross                                 44

  5. PUBLIC CROSSES--Universal use of cross-forms in old
     England--Removal of crosses--Crosses chiefly secular in
     use--Edinburgh Cross: its history--English
     market-crosses--Destructions and recent restorations--
     Chichester and other crosses--Preaching crosses--S.
     Paul's: its history--Other English preaching crosses         63

  6. MEMORIAL CROSSES--S. Oswald's Cross--Neville's Cross--
     Cross in Leeds--Alpine and Spanish Crosses--Eleanor
     Crosses and modern copies of them--Newark and Wedmore
     Crosses--Sandbach, Iona, Monasterboice, etc.--Crowle
     Stone--Hall Cross, Doncaster--Dartmoor Memorials             87

  7. WAYSIDE AND BOUNDARY CROSSES--Whiteleaf Cross--Uses of
     wayside crosses--Dartmoor Crosses--Cornish Crosses--
     Notable crosses elsewhere in England: Burythorpe,
     Tottenham, Henley, etc.--Well Crosses                       106

  8. CONCLUSION--Popularity of Symbolism--Totems--Kobong--
     Heraldic Symbols--Symbol of the Cross: What it implies?     120




It is strange, yet unquestionably a fact, that in ages long before the
birth of Christ, and since then in lands untouched by the teaching of the
Church, the Cross has been used as a sacred symbol. The Aryan tribes,
ancestors of most of the European nations, so regarded a cross of curious
form, whose four equal arms were all turned midway at a right angle. The
excavations of Dr. Schliemann on the site of ancient Troy have brought to
light discs of baked clay stamped with a cross. It is well known that the
_crux ansata_, or Tau Cross (=T=), sometimes with the addition of a ring,
as if for suspension, at the top, is found in Egyptian inscriptions. The
Greek Bacchus, the Tyrian Tammuz, the Chaldean Bel, and the Norse Odin,
were all symbolized to their votaries by a cruciform device. The Spanish
conquerors of Mexico found the cross already an object of reverence among
the Aztecs, carved on temple walls, on amulets, and on pottery; so, too,
in North America, specimens of shell-work, engraved with crosses of
various forms, have been unearthed from mounds raised by the native Indian

It is further interesting to note that the sign was frequently regarded as
an emblem of deity, or as a symbol of favourable import. To the Egyptians
it spoke of a future life; to the Aryans of fire, itself emblematic of
life; the Mongolians lay it, drawn on paper, on the breasts of their dead;
and the Buddhists of Thibet see in it a mark of the foot-print of Buddha.

In all this the Christians of the first age would have rejoiced, claiming
it as a world-wide prophecy of the Cross of the Redeemer, just as they
drew a similar lesson from the frequency with which the cross forms, more
or less roughly, the shape of the ordinary implements of man's handicraft.
"Consider all things in the world," writes Justin Martyr, in his apology
addressed to the Emperor Antoninus Pius, "whether without this form they
could be administered or could have any community. For the sea is not
crossed except that trophy which is called a sail remain safe aboard the
ship; nor is the earth ploughed without it; diggers and mechanics do not
their work except with tools of this shape. And the human form differs
from that of brute beasts in nothing but in being erect, and having the
arms extended. The power of this figure is even shown by your own symbols,
on what are named 'vexilla' and trophies, with which all your processions
are made, using these, even though unwittingly, as signs of your authority
and dominion."

Although we should be unwilling to-day to accept as argument all that a
pious, yet simple, fancy, or the warmth of a fervid rhetoric, suggested to
men of former times; it would, nevertheless, be equally, or more absurd
for us to follow others, who have endeavoured to trace the mere survival
of heathen custom in the Christian use of the Cross. That such is not the
case is clear, in spite of a few parallels in teaching as curious as those
above referred to, from the fact that the Cross amongst us symbolizes the
Faith, not as an arbitrary or mystic sign, but as the natural expression
of an historical fact.

The Christians of the first two centuries, however, seldom employed any
material image of the Cross, and never the Crucifix. This is only what,
under the circumstances, was to be expected. To erect crosses in their
houses, or to wear them on their persons, was impossible in the times of
heathen ascendancy, without risking insult to the holy sign, and danger to
themselves. Moreover, in days when crucifixion was still in use as the
most degrading of all forms of punishment, and the cross to the world at
large a more infamous figure than the gallows is now to us, it must have
been difficult even for the followers of the Crucified to rise entirely
above the common sentiment of their age. The absolute horror with which
the "accursed tree" was regarded before hallowing associations ennobled
it, is well illustrated by the exclamation of Cicero in one of his
orations: "Let the very name of the cross be banished, not from the bodies
only, but from the eyes, the ears, the thoughts of Roman citizens!" The
earliest known attempt to depict the Crucifixion of the Saviour
illustrates the fact that it was the worship of a Crucified Man which
struck the contemporary heathen as especially incomprehensible. In the
year 1857, a wall in the Palatine Palace at Rome, which had been hidden
from sight for centuries, was laid bare, and displayed a rude sketch,
which has been named the "graffito blasfemo." Stretched on a cross is a
human figure with an ass's head, before which stands a man in a short
tunic with his arms upraised, while beneath, in very roughly-formed Greek
characters, runs the inscription: "Alexamenos adores his God." The work,
scratched on the wall, doubtless by some palace slave in ridicule of a
comrade, is assigned to the end of the second century, and obviously
alludes with blasphemous scorn to the manner of the Saviour's death, and
to the strange calumny, first flung by the Gnostics at the Jews, and then
by the heathen at Jews and Christians alike, that they paid divine honours
to an ass.

At this time the faithful contented themselves with a mere suggestion of
the sign, such as the combined X and P, the first two letters of the name
of Christ in Greek, sometimes indicating the X with a transverse stroke
across the P. Nothing more definite than this, and dating from primitive
times, is to be found in the many inscriptions in the Roman Catacombs,
where the Christians worshipped and buried their dead down at least to
A.D. 260. In their private devotions, however, and in public also if
occasion demanded an open profession of the faith, they early adopted the
habit of making the sacred sign. They prayed, as is shown in the
caricature just described, with arms spread crosswise, and amid the
tortures of martyrdom, when the savage uproar drowned their voices or
their failing strength denied them power to speak, their arms crossed
above their heads bore their mute testimony to the steadfastness of their
faith. "In every undertaking," writes Tertullian in the second century,
"on coming in and going out, on dressing or washing, at the bringing of
lights, on going to bed, in whatever occupation we are engaged, we imprint
our foreheads with the sign of the Cross." To this testimony of the
universal use of the practice in the primitive ages might be added that of
many of the most eminent of the fathers, as, for instance, Lactantius, S.
Athanasius, S. Basil, S. Ephrem, S. Cyril of Jerusalem, and his namesake
of Alexandria, S. John Chrysostom, S. Ambrose, and S. Augustine of
Hippo--all writers flourishing in the fourth century of our era.

The growth of the use of the material cross was greatly accelerated by two
important historical events, the conversion of the Emperor Constantine,
with which we may put the claim of the Empress-mother, S. Helena, to have
discovered the true Cross, and the outbreak of the Crusades.

The story of the first of these events has been recorded for us by
Eusebius, the friend and biographer of Constantine, as it was told to him
by the Emperor himself; and the account is too well known to require
repetition in detail here. It will be sufficient to recall the fact that
in the year 312 A.D., as Constantine was marching against Maxentius, a
vision of the Cross, with the legend "In this sign conquer," was
vouchsafed to him, and that a dream subsequently instructed him to
inscribe that symbol on the imperial banners. In obedience to this command
a splendid banner was made, consisting of a cross-staff, from which,
embroidered in jewels on a silken square, hung the sacred monogram; and
under this standard, the _labarum_, the army marched to victory.

From this time Christianity was not only tolerated, but placed under
imperial protection; crucifixion, moreover, ceased to be employed as a
form of punishment, and the Cross began to be treated with honour. A cross
of gold, adorned with precious stones, was placed, by Constantine's
orders, in the chief hall of the palace; and the imperial coinage is found
to bear, with increasing frequency, the holy sign. Sometimes, as in a coin
of Constantius II., the Emperor is depicted holding the labarum in his
hand, or, as on those of Jovianus, he carries a globe surmounted by a
cross; while later emperors stamped their coinage with the cross itself,
often surrounded by a laurel crown.

The fear of insult to sacred places and religious emblems being thus
removed, the Christians began to build themselves churches more worthy of
their holy rites than the rooms or the catacombs with which they had
formerly been compelled to be content, and in the decoration of these the
cross began to take its appropriate place. A couple of centuries later, in
the reign of Justinian (527-565), it was even ordered that every church
should have a cross surmounting it.

Closely connected with the conversion of Constantine is the alleged
discovery of the true Cross by S. Helena.

It was in the year 325, the year of the first General Council of the
Church, which met at Nicaea to condemn the heresy of Arius, that the
Empress, endowed with ample means and with the fullest authority, went to
Jerusalem and began the search for the instrument of our redemption. The
site of the Crucifixion having been preserved in tradition, excavations
were made on the spot, which first disclosed the Holy Sepulchre, over
which, both to conceal and to desecrate the spot, a temple had been
erected to Venus; and afterwards was brought to light, in a pit hard by,
those venerable pieces of wood which Christendom hailed as "the very
Cross," to one of which was still affixed a board with an inscription in
Hebrew, Greek, and Latin.

To determine the exact value of the story thus briefly summarized, is not
so easy a matter as many have assumed it to be. On the one hand, no one
questions the sincerity of Helena herself, nor the fact that she actually
did find the wood in the excavations which she had made. S. Cyril of
Jerusalem, writing from that spot no more than twenty years later, refers
to the event, and most of the fathers and chroniclers of the Church who
follow him notice it, both he and they evidently accepting as facts the
claims made on behalf of the wood. Moreover, it is not without its bearing
on the matter that the date of the discovery coincides with a great crisis
in the Arian controversy, when the eagerness of the heretics to attack and
discredit the Catholics in any and every way would present a special
difficulty to any attempt to pass off a fraud upon Christendom. And,
finally, it is not easy to see who could plan and carry out so vast a
deception in the face of all the persons of authority both in Church and
State, who were then in Jerusalem; nor the object which the deception
would be intended to attain. The great argument on the other side, and one
difficult to overcome, and impossible to ignore, is the silence of
Eusebius on the subject; yet he was present in Jerusalem at the actual
time of the discovery, or very shortly afterwards, and in his life of
Constantine he records others of the works undertaken in the Holy City by
that Emperor through his mother, such as the erection of the church of the
Holy Sepulchre. It is impossible but that Eusebius knew of the assertion
with which Jerusalem and the world rang, that the wood discovered was the
true Cross, yet he makes no allusion to it.

Whatever conclusion we moderns may come to on the matter, it is beyond
question that all Christendom at that time accepted the story as true, and
greeted the sacred wood with unbounded enthusiasm; and the devotion thus
excited cannot fail to have had a marked influence on the use of the
figure of the Cross.

A new chapter in the development of this use is begun at the Crusades, and
to these the subsequent history of this world-famed wood naturally leads

The greater portion of "the true Cross" was kept at Jerusalem, in the
church reared by Constantine, and dedicated with great solemnity in 335.
It was in time richly adorned with gold and jewels, and was exposed for
the veneration of the faithful every Easter Sunday. Nearly three centuries
later, in 614, Chosroes, King of Persia, after victorious campaigns in
Asia Minor and in Egypt, descended on the Holy Land with a tumultuous host
of barbarians. The City of Jerusalem was taken and sacked, after ninety
thousand Christians had fallen fighting in its defence; and the Cross was
carried off in triumph by the heathen conqueror.

So bold an assault both on the Faith and on the Empire could not be
brooked, and in 629, at a great battle on the plains of Nineveh, the
Persian power was destroyed by the Emperor Heraclius, and the Cross
recovered. With all solemnity the sacred relic was borne back to its
former resting place, the Emperor himself, bare of head and foot,
carrying it on his shoulders into the city.

Again was Jerusalem captured in 637, now by the newborn Mohammedan power,
but the Cross was not molested, and for four hundred years it was the
object of Christendom's special devotion, pilgrims from every country in
Europe, and of all grades of society, coming in countless numbers to kneel
before it, and in many cases to die within reach of it. But in the year
1009, a Caliph of Egypt arose, in the person of El Hakim, to whose fierce
and fanatical spirit the toleration hitherto granted to the Christians was
hateful, and in the name of the prophet he invaded Palestine and took
Jerusalem. The churches built by Constantine and Helena over the sacred
sites were utterly destroyed, and the Cross barely escaped the same fate;
faithful bands, however, succeeded in carrying it off and concealing it,
and for almost a century it was but rarely and cautiously exhibited.

At last the trumpet call of Peter the Hermit rang out across Europe, and
an army, full of enthusiasm, and led by a band of almost ideal heroes,
started up in answer. Whatever faults marred the actions of the Crusaders,
and however soiled by human ambitions and personal jealousies later
expeditions might be, the first Crusade was inspired by a genuine zeal for
a cause that all held to be holy--the rescuing of the places sanctified by
the Saviour's life and death from the pollution of unbelievers, and
especially the bringing back of the Cross to its place of honour. On
Friday, July 13th, 1099, the Christian armies entered the city, and the
Cross, uplifted on Calvary, became the centre, almost the _raison d'étre_,
of the new kingdom of Jerusalem.

But the time of its disappearance from the earth was not far distant.
Godfrey, the first king of that almost mystic kingdom, was buried beside
it on the right, and Baldwin, his successor, on the left, and the
guardianship of the holy places had fallen into hands less conscious of
the sacredness of their office, when Saladin invaded the land in 1187. The
last stand of the Christians, under Guy, the unworthy successor of the
early kings, was made at Hattin, and the sacred wood of the Cross itself
was borne into the camp to inspire them with courage and devotion; but the
spirit of the old Crusaders was dead, and the infidel was completely

A few years later, in 1192, we hear of the Cross as still in Saladin's
possession, and as shewn by his permission to some favoured pilgrims,
among whom was the Bishop of Salisbury, and then it disappears from
history; the sacred wood that thousands had braved the perils of seas and
Alpine passes to gaze upon, that myriads had gladly died to protect,
vanished from the eyes of men, whither none can say.

Nothing now remains of the most highly-prized relic which the world has
ever held, except numerous fragments of the wood preserved in cathedrals
and elsewhere throughout Europe, some score or more of nails purporting to
be those which fixed the hands and feet of the Lord, and the board with
its trilingual inscription. The sneer that there is enough wood of the
true Cross to build a man-of-war has become a common-place, but it proves
only the ignorance of those who repeat it; the fragments being all of the
smallest dimensions, few as large as a pin, many no larger than a pin's
head. The nails were probably most of them made as copies of the
originals, and in course of time have come to be regarded as genuine. The
famous iron crown of Lombardy has been said to enshrine a holy nail, but
the claim is no older than the sixteenth century. The inscription is in
the church of Santa Croce at Rome, and the question of its genuineness
stands exactly on a level with that of the Cross itself: whether or no it
be the veritable board which hung above the head of the Crucified, there
can be little doubt that it is the one unearthed by S. Helena more than
fifteen hundred years ago.

It is from the period of the Crusades especially that we must date the
wide-spread erection of crosses and use of cross-forms throughout Europe.
Worn as a badge or charm, worked in silk or chaced in metal, towering in
stone by the wayside or overshadowing the busy market, gleaming on
banners, or resplendent in jewels in the solemnity of the
Church,--everywhere the holy sign met the eye.

One use of the Christian emblem was directly due to Crusading influence.
The union in the expeditions against the infidels of knights of many lands
and different languages gave its origin, or at any rate its organized
form, to the science of heraldry; and the spirit which presided at its
birth is shown in the immense variety of crosses recognised in its
vocabulary. We have the Latin Cross, the ordinary cross of suffering; the
Greek Cross with its equal arms; the Cross of S. Andrew, or the saltire
(=X=); the Maltese, or eight-pointed cross; the Tau, or Egyptian Cross
(=T=); and others which a persistent ingenuity of invention has almost
endlessly varied.

It is well known that every Crusader of whatever rank had a cross of some
material stitched to his tunic; but three great orders of knighthood arose
during the "Holy War," who made it their peculiar badge, as they were
pre-eminently the champions of the Cross. The Knights of the Hospital of
S. John at Jerusalem, or Knights of Malta, or of Rhodes, commonly called
simply the Hospitallers, were founded in 1048, and were habited in black
mantles with a white cross on the left breast, scarlet surcoats with
similar crosses on back and front, and each wore the same emblem in gold
suspended by a black ribbon from his neck. The Brethren of the Temple at
Jerusalem, or Templars, founded in 1128, wore white mantles with red
crosses, and carried banners of black and white charged with a cross in
red. The Teutonic Knights, more properly the Knights of the Hospital of
our Ladye of Mount Zion at Jerusalem, assumed a black cross as their

In this connection it is interesting to note how prominent a place the
emblem of the Christian Faith still holds in the ensigns and honourable
distinctions of the world. The decorations of the British orders of the
Garter, the Bath, the Thistle, and of S. Patrick, all consist of, or
comprise, a cross, as of course does the coveted Victoria Cross. The same
is true of the French Legion of Honour, the Prussian Black Eagle, Red
Eagle, and Iron Cross, the Russian orders of S. Andrew, S. Alexander
Newski, and the White Eagle, the Austrian orders of Maria Theresa, and of
S. Stephen, the orders of Fidelité of Baden, of S. Hubert of Bavaria, of
S. James and of the Calatrava of Spain, and of the Annonciade of Italy.
Similarly the arms, or ensigns, or both, of Great Britain, Germany,
Russia, Italy, Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Greece, and Switzerland, all
display the sign of our Redemption, the most conspicious of them all being
the Union Jack, with its combined crosses of S. George of England, S.
Andrew of Scotland, and S. Patrick of Ireland. It is not a little
remarkable that during the brief period of the Puritan ascendancy, when
the royal arms were discarded, although the Church was overthrown, the
crosses of the patron saints were kept, and from them were formed the
shield of the Commonwealth.

Evidence of the triumph of the Cross is given by the regalia of almost
every Christian kingdom, where the jewelled cross surmounts the monarch's
crown and sceptre, stands on the orb, and is engraved upon his signet; but
no more universal recognition of the sign is to be found than in the
coinage of Christendom. We have seen that shortly after the conversion of
Constantine, the Christian symbol began to appear on the coins of the
Empire, and the practice afterwards became general throughout Europe. This
arose, probably, partly from a wish to testify to the faith of the
sovereign and of his people, but partly also in the hope that those who
were tempted to deface or to clip the coin might be deterred by the sight
of the holy sign. The English silver pennies and nobles were almost all
stamped with a cross on the reverse, reaching from edge to edge: the
deiners of France, the pistoles of Spain, were similarly marked; but fully
to illustrate the fact would be to catalogue a great portion of the
mintage of mediæval, and some of modern Europe.

Thus wide and varied in interest is the field over which the Cross of
Christ has flung its illuminating influence.


The Development of the Crucifix.

We have already seen that the Christians of the first centuries were
deterred by circumstances from any general use of the figure of the Cross.
It follows naturally that the Crucifix was still later in coming into
existence. Indeed, long after Christianity had become the acknowledged
religion of the empire, there were reasons which made its use inexpedient.
The faithful, though now protected from insult and persecution, were still
a minority surrounded by the adherents of paganism; and as the influence
of the Church gradually spread to the barbarian tribes beyond the confines
of the empire, she was constantly being brought face to face with fresh
forms of idolatry in Northern Europe, in Africa, and in Asia. It needs but
little acquaintance with folk-lore to recall illustrations of the fact
that heathenism died hard; even when active opposition had been overcome,
and the bulk of the people had, perhaps, as was not seldom the case,
almost by whole tribes at a time, outwardly accepted the faith, yet old
customs, old superstitions lived on. Thus to the present day the druidic
regard for the mistletoe has a traditional existence in England after
eighteen centuries of Christian teaching, and in Cornwall and elsewhere
mid-summer night sees the hilltops ablaze with bonfires that, meaningless
now, once proclaimed the fire-worshippers' devotion. If such things are
still found amongst us, innocent indeed now of any idolatrous intent, but
eloquent of the vitality of the customs of idolatry, it is easy to divine
the result that would have followed the introduction of the Crucifix into
a world almost wholly heathen. It has been alleged that the Roman Senate
offered to admit the Christ to the pantheon of the state, and similarly
the Crucifix might have simply become the companion of the hammer of Thor,
or the sun-crowned Phoebus, of the sacred ibis of Egypt, or the winged
monsters of Assyria; or at best a mere substitute for them. Guided by a
Divine instinct, the Church showed a wise self-restraint; and it was only
as the decay of idolatry in the West removed this danger, that she allowed
herself to contemplate the image of the Redeemer.

From the first, nevertheless, a yearning for the help towards devotion
which the eye can give was felt, although the necessity of prudence and
caution confined the faithful to the use of symbolic, rather than of
historic, figures. Thus even in the days of the catacombs the Vine, the
Dove, the Lamb, the Good Shepherd are found, with a meaning obviously
Scriptural in origin; and again the Fish, specially recommended with the
above emblems by S. Clement of Alexandria as a device for seals and rings,
was frequently employed, as setting forth in an anagram, by means of its
name in Greek, the words Jesus Christ, the Son of God, the Saviour. These
were all common forms, calculated to suggest Christian teaching to the
believer, without exciting comment from the heathen. Meanwhile the simple
cross was growing yearly more familiar to the people as the emblem of the
Christian religion. Its earliest form seems to have been that known as
the fylfot, like four Greek gammas joined at the base; a design that
served, equally with the emblems just described, to suggest the sign to
the Christian without offending others. But so rapid was the change that
took place consequent on the conversion of Constantine, that so early as
the papacy of John I. (who died in the year 400) crosses were carried in
the processions of the Church.

The next step was the natural one of combining with the cross one or other
of the emblematic figures which were already accepted as referring to the
Crucified. The Lamb with the cross, therefore, became a common symbol of
the Crucifixion during the first six centuries. In its most restrained
form we find simply above the head of the Lamb the sacred monogram as used
on the labarum of the Christianized empire; and occasionally the figure
becomes not so much a type as a representative of the Saviour, by having
five bleeding wounds in its feet and side. Later the same emblem appears,
often with a cruciform nimbus about its head, carrying a slender cross on
a tall shaft, or a banner charged with a cross. Similarly a long
cross-staff is sometimes placed, instead of the pastoral crook, in the
hand of the Good Shepherd. In all these the emblem of Christ is the
prominent feature of the assign, the cross being entirely subordinate. As
it became possible to be less guarded in displaying the "ensign of the
faith," this order was to some extent reversed. On the tomb of Gallia
Placida at Ravenna, of the fifth century, the Lamb stands on a mount--the
"Lamb standing on Mount Sion" of the Apocalypse--with behind it a cross,
from the arms of which depend the Alpha and Omega. Again, the Lamb lies
at the foot of the cross, an arrangement apparently referred to by S.
Paulinus of Nola in the words, "Christ in the lamb stands 'neath the Cross
all gleaming with His blood."


A more decided approximation to the Crucifix was made when the sacred Lamb
was placed on the cross at the joining of the arms and the shaft; a most
interesting example of which occurs on a slab unearthed at Wirksworth
during the restoration of the church in 1820; it is part of a tomb,
supposed to date from the seventh century.[1] In the sixth century we
begin to meet with the Crucifix properly so called. Fortunatus gives us
the first undoubted reference to one made in relief about the year 560,
and S. Gregory of Tours, some thirty years later, refers to a painted one
at Narboune. The famous Vatican cross, said to have been given by the
Emperor Justin (elected 519) to Pope Gregory II., exhibits an interesting
stage in the transition from the emblem to the figure of Christ. The
sacred Lamb still keeps its place on a medallion in the centre, while a
half-length figure of the Saviour in the act of benediction is on the
upper limb of the cross, and another, probably S. John Baptist, is on the
lower one; on the arms, with a curious lack of reverence and taste, are
effigies of the Emperor and his wife Flavia. A book of the Gospels in the
library at Munich, supposed to have been executed in this same century,
has a cross which terminates above in a kind of arch, under which is a
bust of Christ, while the Alpha and Omega hang from the transverse beams.

In the course of time the Cross itself seems to have been looked on, not
so much as a suggestion of the Crucifixion, but as a type or emblem of
Christ. A striking and curious example of this is to be found on a tomb in
the church of S. Apollinare at Ravenna, where the artist has depicted the
Transfiguration in a strange union of realism and symbolism. Moses and
Elias are on either side, and the hand above suggests the Father, but
three sheep stand for the chosen apostles, and in the centre is, not
Christ, but the Cross.

It may, perhaps, have been the perception of such a tendency which led the
Greek Fathers at the Council in Trullo, in 692, to feel that the time had
come for a more emphatic assertion of the personality and human nature of
the Redeemer in sacred art. Thus, at any rate, they decreed:--"We order
that, instead of the Lamb, our Lord Jesus Christ shall be shown hereafter
in His human form in the images; so that, without forgetting the height
from which the Divine Word stooped to us, we shall be led to remember His
mortal life, His passion, and His death, which paid the ransom for

The alteration, however, was completed as cautiously as it had been begun,
even the method of production partaking of the restraint exhibited in the
development of the subject. The earliest crucifixes probably had the
figure simply etched in outline, then it was painted upon the cross, and
last of all it became a partial or complete relief. The last stage was not
reached, unless in a few exceptional cases, until the ninth century.

The earliest crucifix in the catacombs is of the seventh or eight century,
and Pope John VII., in 706, dedicated the first mosaic example in St.
Peter's at Rome. Benedict Biscop, Abbot of Jarrow (died 690), brought from
Rome the first picture of the crucifixion of which we hear in the north
of England. S. Augustine advancing with his monks to his first conference
with King Ethelbert of Kent, was preceded by a silver cross and a
crucifixion painted on a panel.

Now and again an iconoclastic spirit revealed itself in opposition to the
growing use, not only of the crucifix but of images of saints and
patriarchs, but it made no headway in the west. Serenus, Bishop of
Marseilles, having broken down some images in a church, was reproved by
Pope Gregory, on the ground that "in paintings on walls those who are
unable to read books can read what in books they cannot." In the east,
however, the movement aroused much bitterness, and led even to
persecution. Leo the Isaurian in 726, began an attack on all use of
images, and a Council at Constantinople in 752, rejected them altogether.
This decree was not accepted generally as final, but in the end the
eastern church settled down under a compromise, which is still maintained,
by which pictures in painting, mosaic, or engraving, are permitted, but
all reliefs and statutes are forbidden.

Amongst the few crucifixes in the east which survived the destruction
consequent first on the iconoclastic persecution, and then their final
condemnation, is one that is probably the oldest in the world. It is in
the Monastery of Xeropotami, on Mount Athos, and consists of an alleged
fragment of the true cross with two transverse pieces, the upper and
smaller one representing the superscription. On these lies a small ivory
figure, and below is a representation of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre
in gold and jewels. It is said to have been a gift from the Empress
Pulcheria (414-453), a fact which may account for its preservation.

The history of the development of the crucifix does not end, when the
Divine effigy assumed the place of the type upon it.

The earliest artists made no attempt at realism in moulding or carving the
figure. They on the contrary distinctly avoided it, and the crucifix
continued to be emblematic. The truth which they aimed especially at
setting forth was the voluntary character of the Lord's self-sacrifice.
The Christ, therefore, is generally clothed in a robe reaching to the
feet, the outspread arms do not hang but lie straight along the transverse
beam, and the feet are placed side by side upon a supporting ledge; the
head is erect, and the eyes frequently, if not usually, are open and look
straight forward. The side is not pierced, and often the hands and feet
show neither wounds nor nails. Others of these early crucifixes set forth
the thought of Christ as king reigning from the tree, in unison with that
line of the famous hymn Vexilla Regis, "Regnavit a ligno Deus;" and the
figure is here royally crowned and robed. A crucifix that has become
historical is the Holy Face of Lucca, traditionally ascribed to the
workmanship of S. Luke, but really dating from about the eight century. On
this, by which William Rufus was in the habit of swearing under the name
of the "Face of S. Luke," are combined the characters of King and Priest,
the figure being crowned, and clad in a dark sacerdotal vestment.

In these crucifixes there is no appeal to the emotions, no petition for
pity on behalf of agonised humanity; but an impressive declaration on the
part of the artist of his strong faith in the deity of the Sufferer.

In describing these various stages in the development of the crucifix, it
must not be taken to imply that step always followed step in a regular
progression. As a matter of fact the different phases overlapped
considerably, and now and again a rare specimen is found antedating
considerably the age to which a strict classification of styles would
assign it. There is, for instance, a very early pectoral crucifix,[2]
which while coinciding for the most part with the description just given,
nevertheless represents the Christ as dead, with closed eyes and uncrowned
head slightly inclined. A crucifix in the Treasury at Aix-la-Chapelle,
known as the Cross of Lothario, though only of the ninth century, has the
hanging arms, the fallen head, and the short cloth about the loins, much
as we see them to-day.

Moreover as art in some lands was later in ripening than in others, so in
some it clung for a longer period to the older art forms; while several of
the primitive emblematic figures have become parts of the Church's
permanent teaching for the eyes of her children. The builders of our
Norman churches had a special fondness for the Agnus Dei, the Lamb bearing
the Cross, and we find it worked into their carvings in various ways.
Amongst the most curious examples may be quoted the ancient fonts of Ilam
and Tissington in Derbyshire.

Another peculiarity of the early crucifixes which sets them apart from
historic representations of the crucifixion, is the attempt made to bring
within the narrow limits of a cross other details, actual or mystical, of
the atoning sacrifice. Many of them have on the upper limb, or on the
arms, of the cross more or less conventional signs for the sun and moon.
Sometimes, as on the pectoral cross noticed above, these are simply a
circle, with or without rays, and a crescent; and in this case they are
merely emblems of the powers of Creation witnessing the death of the
Creator. Sometimes they are more fanciful, as when they are suggested by
male and female figures within circles, wrapping their faces in their
mantles; and here they are symbols of the supernatural darkness of the
first Good Friday.

The Blessed Virgin and S. John the Divine are frequently placed on the
arms of the Cross beyond the hands of Christ, as in a beautiful enamelled
crucifix in the Museum at Copenhagen, which was once the property of
Dagmar, the "darling queen" of Denmark, on whose breast it was buried in
1212. At the top, again, is often found a hand in the attitude of
benediction, a symbol of the Father, and at the foot writhes the
vanquished serpent. Many of the more elaborate examples had the reverse
side enamelled or engraved, usually with appropriate Old Testament types,
such as the fall of Adam, or the sacrifice of Abraham. Almost the only
emblematic additions to the crucifix which have survived in use to our day
are the apocalyptic symbols of the four evangelists, still often found on
large crosses, especially those on rood screens; and the skull placed at
the foot, sometimes with cross-bones, as a symbol of death. This last is
much more modern in introduction than the others.

Crucifixes of this full and elaborate type are found as late as the
fourteenth century, but as pictoral art advanced, and the whole scene of
the passion was treated by artists with increasing frequency and fullness,
the extraneous details dropped from the crucifix, and it became the
simple, yet dignified expression of the crucified Redeemer, as it is this

Almost the same phases that we have noticed in the formation of the
crucifix show themselves also in early representation of the
crucifixion-scene. There is the same restraint in depicting the central
figure, the same use of conventional forms and of symbols. There are
examples in which, while the two thieves are shown as crucified, the Lord
stands in the midst with outspread arms, but with no cross save that in
the nimbus above His head. The persons introduced, as a rule, are few in
number; almost always we have the Blessed Virgin and S. John, with
emblematic signs for the sun and moon. Sometimes also the two thieves, and
less frequently two female figures, personifying the Jewish and Christian
Churches. The long robe, instead of the loin-cloth, on the Crucified, and
the hand symbolising the father, are both common forms in the earliest
paintings or carved ivories. There is a curious example in the chapel of
S. Silvestro, at Rome, in which soldiers with a spear and the sponge on a
reed are introduced, while a small angel is seen removing the crown of
thorns and substituting a regal one. All the three crosses are shown in
this fresco, the two lesser ones of the usual type, but the Saviour's in
the form of a =Y=, the cross that appears on the back of a Gothic
chasuble. The date of this work is said to be 1248. The thirteenth and
fourteenth centuries witnessed the rise of the great Italian schools of
art, and with the artists' growing mastery over their materials
Crucifixions became fuller of details and less rigidly conventional,
though not less devotional and scarcely less symbolic. A host of angels
throngs about their dying Creator, wringing their hands in helpless grief,
offering him their lowliest worship, or catching in chalices the sacred
blood. At the foot of the Cross, also, is sometimes found a crowd of
figures, representing not the hostile multitude that surged with
blasphemous taunts before the failing eyes of Christ; but monks, bishops,
virgins, kings, the saintly and devout of later ages, who stand in wrapt
attention or kneel in homage.

In those days, when every art found its highest expression in the service
of the Church, every encouragement was given to the painting of sacred
subjects; and the artists, loyal sons for the most part of the Church,
sought their highest ambition in realizing their ideal of a Crucifixion, a
picta, or a madonna. To these feelings we owe the splendid frescoes of
Cimabue, and of Giotto, the friend of Dante, at Assissi, the paintings of
Duccio, the first, it is said, to represent our Lord on His Cross with the
feet laid one upon the other; and above all the wonderful works of Fra
Angelico, who embodied, if ever man did, his whole faith in his pictures,
with reverent devotion and tenderest purity.

But it would be wandering beyond the limits, both of our subject and of
our space, to examine in any detail those sacred canvases and frescoes by
which the artists of the Italian Renaissance have placed the whole world
under a debt, which never can be paid. The very names of Florence and
Siena, of Umbria and Venice, of Verona, Ferrara, and Milan, seem redolent
of sacred art.

Suffice it to say, in conclusion, that gradually as the fifteenth century
advanced, and especially in the age that followed, the symbolic and
devotional treatment of the tremendous spectacle of the Crucifixion was
eclipsed by the realistic and historic method. The painter no longer
approached his subject with awe, that compelled a reserve eloquent of
faith in its great mystery; but too often he sought in frenzied crowds,
impassioned Magdalens, and contorted limbs to display his own skill only.
For Crucifixions that raise the thoughts and heart from the canvas to
Calvary itself, we must turn back to those ages, which, with less
anatomical knowledge, and perhaps less technical skill, were nevertheless
inspired with more perfect ideals and nobler art from the mere fulness of
a simple and sincere faith.


The Cross in Ritual.

Allusion has already been made to the frequency with which the primitive
Christians used the sign of the Cross; and there can be no question that
it early became a symbol of that confidence which they had, that through
the Cross of Christ all blessing, all protection, in a word all Divine
help, was afforded them. They delighted, therefore, in finding in the Old
Testament prophetic foreshadowings of its efficacy. Israel blessing the
sons of Joseph with hands laid crosswise; Moses controlling the fortunes
of the chosen people at the battle of Rephidim, by spreading wide his
arms; the two sticks with which Elisha caused the axe-head of his disciple
to float; and those other two which the widow of Sarepta had just gathered
when help came to her in the arrival of Elijah; the saving sign marked on
the foreheads of the faithful in the vision of Ezekiel (Ezek. ix., 4),
which all antiquity understood as being a _tau_ (=T=); these, and other
more or less fancifully selected passages, all spoke to them of the
mystery of the cross.

A full catena of authorities for the primitive use of this sign would
embrace most of the fathers of the Church; one or two quotations must be
sufficient to show how universal it was, as a symbol carved or painted, or
as simply traced with the hand. S. Ephrem (died about 378), in a sermon
on the Saviour's passion, exclaims, "Let us imprint on our doors, our
foreheads, our eyes, our mouths, our breast, on all our members, this
life-giving cross; without this let us undertake nothing, but in going to
bed and in rising, in working, in eating and drinking, in travelling by
sea or land, let us adorn all our members with this life-giving sign." S.
Cyril of Jerusalem, in a like spirit, instructs his catechumens "not to be
ashamed of the Cross of Christ, but openly to mark it on the forehead, and
to use that sign in eating and drinking, sitting and lying, rising from
bed, conversing and walking, in a word, on all occasions."

S. John Chrysostom in his fifty-fifth homily thus gives us a reason for
these exhortations; "the passion of our Lord," says he, "is the fountain
of that happiness by which we live and are; with a joyous heart, then, as
if crowned, let us carry about with us the Cross of Christ. Let us
earnestly impress this cross upon our houses, our walls, our windows; on
our foreheads also, and on our breasts. It is the sign of our salvation,
of our common liberty, of the meekness and humility of the Lord. As often,
therefore, as you sign yourself, go over in your mind the general concern
of the Cross, subdue all the motions of anger and other passions, and
fortify your hearts with courage."

Not to multiply instances unnecessarily, let a saying reiterated
frequently by S. Jerome sum up the practice, as inherited by his own from
earlier lines--"Before every action, at every step, let your hand make the
sign of the cross."

Over and above the idea that this holy sign recalled to Christians their
obligation to glorify their Master in all their doings, the thought early
sprang up that in the sign itself was provided a defence against the
assaults of evil. S. Athanasius asserts most emphatically that "if only
the sign of the cross, which the Gentiles ridicule, be used, if Christ be
but named, devils will instantly be put to flight, and all the arts of
magic be reduced to nothing." S. Ephrem calls the sign "the invincible
armour of Christians, the vanquisher of death, the hope of the faithful,
the downfall of heresies, the bulwark of the true faith." While
Tertullian, who was quoted in this connection in a former chapter, tells
us in his "Antidote for a Scorpion's Sting," that "we have faith for a
defence, if we are not smitten also with distrust itself, in immediately
making the sign of the cross over the wounded part, and adjuring that part
in the name of Jesus." One wonders whether from some similar hope the
custom arose of marking plague-stricken houses with a red cross and the
words "Lord have mercy." Tertullian's Apologies give us strong proof of
the prevalence of the sign, and the reverence felt for it, in his day, in
that he more than once finds it needful to repel the heathen charge that
the Christians worshipped the cross, and were indeed merely a "priesthood
of the cross, _crucis antistites_."

The "Myrroure of our Lady" (published in 1530) thus quaintly describes and
explains the manner of making the sign:--"Ye begin with the hand at the
head downward, and then to the left side and after to the right side, in
token and belief our Lord Jesus Christ came down from the Head, that is
from the Father, unto earth by His holy Incarnation, and from the earth
unto the left side, that is Hell, by His bitter Passion, and from thence
unto His Father's right side by His glorious Ascension; and after this ye
bring your hand to your breast, in token that ye are come to thank Him and
praise Him in the utmost of your heart for His benefits." The sign was
not, however, invariably made in the same way. The whole hand was
sometimes employed (the usual method in the present day) signifying the
five wounds of Christ; but sometimes three fingers only, as an invocation
of the Holy Trinity; or two fingers emblematic of the two natures of the
Saviour. In the east it is made from left to right.

The usages referred to in the passages quoted above are all of the private
kind, and their employment, although common to all, must always have
depended as to their frequency upon the taste or the habits of
individuals. The very earliest liturgical forms, however, give ample proof
of their use also in the stated ritual of the Church.

Those ancient offices for the celebration of the Eucharist, known as the
Divine Liturgies of S. James, S. Mark, of the Holy Apostles, and others,
are of uncertain date, yet is generally agreed that their substance
belongs to a period before the great council at Nicaea (325 A.D.); and
they one and all contemplate the use of the sacred sign in the course of
their ritual. These signations are of several kinds; the priest signs the
elements before offering them at the altar; he blesses the people with the
sign, and is bidden also to sign both himself and all the deacons who are
assisting, on the forehead. Moreover at certain prayers he stands with
arms folded crosswise on his breast, and a curious rubric in the Liturgy
of the Holy Apostles runs, "The priest kisses the Host in the form of a
cross, in such a way, however, that his lips do not touch it, but appear
to kiss it." In the different liturgies these several consignations are
found with varying frequency, but none are without the sign of the cross
in some part of the office. It was not in the Eucharist alone, however,
that it was used.

In ordination, according to an early account, the bishop first laid his
hand on the head of him who was to be made priest, "with a holy prayer,"
and then signed him with a cross, after which all the clergy present gave
him the kiss of peace. At the reception of catechumens, or candidates for
baptism, this sign formed an important part of the ceremony. "Even as a
boy," S. Augustine tells us in his Confessions, "had I heard of eternal
life promised to us through the humility of the Lord our God condescending
to our pride, and I was signed with the sign of the cross, and was
seasoned with His salt." Marcus of Gaza also, writing, about the year 400
A.D., the life of his master and Bishop, Porphyrius, describes how some
converts, falling at the bishop's feet, "desired the Sign of Christ, upon
which he signed them and made them catechumens." The well-known primitive
posture of prayer, namely, with outspread arms, is distinctly alleged by
many early writers to be an intentional allusion to the cross, perhaps
especially to the Saviour's attitude when hanging thereon. So S. Ambrose
prayed upon his death-bed; and so every Christian when at prayer
represented, according to Asterius Amasenus (a writer of the close of the
fourth century), "the Passion of the Cross by his gesture." Alluding to
this constant use of the holy sign in the public offices of the Church, S.
Augustine says, "If we are to be regenerated, the Cross is used; or if we
are to be partakers of the mystical food of the Eucharist, or to receive
ordination, we are signed with the sign of the cross."

In the English Prayer-Book, as is well known, this sign is specifically
retained in the office of Holy Baptism, and the thirtieth Canon was issued
in defence of that retention. Of its use in this connection in the
primitive Church there can be no question, nor was it denied by those
Puritans, who, at the Hampton Court Conference in 1604, objected to it. S.
Augustine informs us that the water for baptism was signed with a cross;
and from several sources we learn that both in the exorcism and the
unction, which anciently preceded the actual administration of the
sacrament, the catechumen was signed. And further, as the candidate was
signed when first received as such, and again when he was baptised, so,
too, when the work was completed in confirmation he was signed again. This
last signation was preserved, with others, in the first Prayer-Book of
King Edward VI., where the bishop is enjoined, immediately before the
laying on of hands, to sign the confirmee on the forehead, saying, "N., I
sign thee with the sign of the cross, and lay mine hand upon thee, in the
name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Amen."

In passing from this subject some words of Wheatly's concerning the use of
the sign of the cross in the English Church are worth quoting. After
observing that in every ancient liturgy one or two signations at least are
always found, he proceeds,--"So much has been thought proper on this
solemn occasion, to testify that we are not ashamed of the Cross of
Christ, and that the solemn service we are then about is performed in
honour of a crucified Saviour. And therefore as the Church of England has
thought fit to retain this ceremony in the ministration of one of her
sacraments, I see not why she should lay it aside in the ministration of
the other."

The material cross was also early adopted in the ritual of the church. As
early as the year 400 A.D., mention is made of processional crosses, their
chief use being in the Rogations, or processions in which the Litany was
sung. Originally they were without the figure of the Crucified, but
frequently bore at their extremities the emblems of the four evangelists,
while sometimes there were sconces for holding candles on the arms. Such a
cross was given to some of the churches at Rome by Charlemagne, and
several splendid mediæval examples are still preserved on the Continent. A
processional, or station, cross in the Lateran, dates from the fifteenth
century; S. Denis has one of the time of S. Louis, and Mayence possesses a
very fine one of gilded bronze of the twelfth or thirteenth century, which
embodies in its sculptures a whole system of teaching. In this instance
the Agnus Dei occupies the centre of the face of the cross, having in the
corresponding place on the reverse the Sacrifice of Abraham; the following
pairs of subjects fill the ends of the shaft and of the arms, the New
Testament subject being in each case on the front, and that taken from the
Old Testament behind it at the back; the descent into Hades and Samson
carrying off the gates of Gaza, the Resurrection and Jonah cast up by the
whale, the Ascension of Christ and that of Elijah, Pentecost and the
giving of the Law on Sinai.

Anciently England possessed some very noble examples of processional
crosses. At Durham, for instance, was one for use on high festivals, of
gold on a silver staff, and another, for ordinary occasions, of crystal.
Canterbury, according to an inventory of 1295, had four, all "gilded and
gemmed," and Salisbury, in 1222, had one for Sundays of silver, and
another, presumably for festivals, "well gilt and with stones."

The Exeter Synod, held in 1287, decreed that every parish church should
have one fixed cross and one movable, of which the first was probably
meant to be a rood, and the second a station-cross, placed when not in
procession on the altar. But according to the English rite, a system of
ceremonial far more ornate than any now in use in western Christendom,
several processional crosses were required, at any rate in large and fully
furnished churches. During Lent a plain wooden one was employed, without
the figure of our Lord, and painted blood-red; from Easter to
Ascensiontide the cross was to be of beryl or of crystal; those of brass
or the precious metals being no doubt carried on other high festivals, and
on Sundays.

The processional Crucifix, symbolical of our great Exemplar going before
His people in their pilgrimage through the world, is borne with the figure
facing outwards, in the direction in which the procession is moving; and
during Lent it is shrouded, as a mark of sorrow, in a violet veil. It
seems to have come also to signify, to a certain extent, the parish in its
corporate existence and authority; thus no parochial processional cross
might be carried into a monastic church, and in collegiate churches at
funerals the cross of the church only might be used. It would seem, in
short, that no parish might carry its cross beyond its own limits.

To us English, the spectacle of the cross borne in solemn procession is
calculated to recall with special vividness the memory of the
establishment of the faith among our forefathers. How the British Church
had been driven into Cornwall and Wales, and how S. Augustine, after
landing in Thanet to bring the Gospel to the English, advanced with his
forty companion monks to meet King Ethelbert, chanting a litany, and
proceeded by a silver cross and a crucifix painted on a panel,--these
things all men know.

A processional cross, in a more restricted sense, is that borne before an
Archbishop, as a mark of dignity and jurisdiction.

At what date these crosses first came into use is unknown; originally, the
bishops of a few only of the most important sees employed them, and they
had not yet come to denote specially the archiepiscopal rank. Leo IV.,
Pope from 847 to 855, had a cross borne before him by a sub-deacon, as he
rode through the streets of Rome, an action said to have been "according
to the custom of his predecessors." The Fourth Lateran Council, in 1215,
granted to all patriarchs the privilege of having a cross carried before
them, if neither papal legate nor cardinal were present. The same honour
was conferred on Archbishops by Gregory IX. in the thirteenth century, and
as a mark of special favour some few western bishops even have been
allowed to assume it, as in the case of the Bishops of Lucca and of Pavia,
who are authorized by a grant issued by Alexander II. in 1070.

In England this emblem of jurisdiction has on more than one occasion
proved a ground of dispute between the archbishops. S. Anselm who ruled at
Canterbury from 1093 to 1114, refused to allow the Archbishop of Dublin to
use his cross in England. Canterbury and York long maintained a struggle
for precedence in the English Church and the point on which it turned was
often the right of the one to carry his cross in the province of the
other. The quarrel became very bitter towards the end of the thirteenth
century, so that we find William de Wickwaine in 1280, the year after his
accession to the See of York, complaining to the Pope of violence shewn
him while travelling in the southern province. "Adam de Hales," he writes,
"an officer of my Lord of Canterbury, rushed like a madman upon my
attendants, and scandalously broke my cross in pieces: but thanks be to
God, I soon caused another to be raised and carried. Moreover, most holy
father, when I am journeying through the province of Canterbury on
business relating to my own see, my Lord of Canterbury forbids food or
lodging to be supplied to myself or my attendants on pain of
excommunication, exactly as if we were heretics, and places the whole
district where I make any sojourn under an ecclesiastical interdict." The
contemporary "my lord of Canterbury," was John Peckham. Twenty years later
the feud was still rife, and we have Robert Winchelsey, the immediate
successor of Peckham, writing to the Bishop of Lincoln, bidding him see
that the northern primate did not have his cross carried before him in
passing through that diocese: he also forbids the laity to kneel to him or
to ask his blessing on pain of the Church's censure, and orders that no
bell be rung and no service said in any place where he may be. In 1325,
William de Melton, Archbishop of York, was appointed treasurer by the
King, upon which Walter Raynold, who twelve years before had succeeded
Winchelsey, again took up the cause of the dignity of his province, and
excommunicated Melton for having had his cross carried in the city of
London, in spite of which Melton publicly said Mass in Westminster Abbey.
In 1354, a compromise was at last arrived at, by which the Archbishop of
York might have his cross borne before him throughout the entire province
of Canterbury on condition that within two months from so doing he sent to
the shrine of S. Thomas à Becket, a gold figure of the value of forty
pounds, of an archbishop with his cross, to be brought by the hands of his
chancellor, a doctor of laws, or a knight. On the other hand the
Archbishop of Canterbury was to enjoy the same privilege in the province
of York unconditionally. The two prelates by whom this arrangement was
made, were Simon Islip of the southern province, and John de Thoresby of
the northern. The above acknowledgement, or fine, was paid about a century
later (in 1452), by Archbishop Booth of York.

The first metropolitan in the English colonies to assume the cross was the
Bishop of Cape Town. A magnificent cross of silver gilt studded with
jewels was presented to the See of Canterbury on the enthronement of the
present occupant of the Chair of S. Augustine, Dr. Benson. It is modelled
on the type of those used by the English Archbishops as early as the time
of Chichely (1414), and is adorned with statuettes of a dozen saints.

An archiepiscopal cross, if terminating in a crucifix, is carried with the
figure facing the prelate, not as in the case of a processional cross; but
one of those anciently used at Canterbury had two crucifixes, one in front
and one behind.

The double-crossed staff, suggesting the cross with its superscription,
which is heraldically assigned to patriarchs, never came actually into use
in the west, although it has been employed in Greece. The triple cross of
the Pope is a modern invention, without ritual authority.

From the distinctive sign of an Archbishop's authority to the Pectoral
Cross worn by him in common with other bishops, is a natural transition.
It early became customary for a prelate to wear about his neck a reliquary
which often contained a fragment of the true Cross, and, as being intended
for a religious purpose, was frequently cruciform. From this usage it has
been supposed sprang the practice of bishops wearing a cross suspended on
the breast, hence called a pectoral cross.

We have instances of its common use long before it began to be reckoned as
one of the regular ornaments of a bishop or a mitred abbot. S. Gregory of
Tours is said to have worn such a cross, as also did Pope Leo III. in 811,
and S. Alphege of Canterbury in 1012; the pectoral cross worn by S.
Cuthbert, Bishop of Lindisfarne in 685, is still preserved at Durham, and
its design, a curious type of Greek cross, forms the principal charge in
the arms of that University. Innocent III. (1198-1216) is the first to
mention this as one of the recognised episcopal insignia, and by the
fourteenth century special prayers were prescribed to be said on putting
it on, with the rest of the episcopal habit. It was about this time also
that it became usual for priests, when in their full vestments, to wear
the stole crosswise on the breast. In each case the cross-bearing required
of a disciple of Christ is symbolized, but in the case of the bishop the
breast-plate of the high priest is also alluded to.

In this connection it may be worth while to make passing mention of a
strange society of early monks referred to by Cassian, who, with more zeal
than knowledge, interpreted the exhortation of our Lord literally, and
wore constantly about their necks heavy wooden crosses.

The full and solemn ritual for the consecration of a church, as still used
throughout the major part of Christendom, involves a frequent use of the
sacred sign. By a law of Justinian, the building of a church might not be
undertaken until the bishop of the diocese had visited the proposed site,
and fixed thereon with solemn prayer "the precious cross." On the
completion of the building, there is made in ashes on the floor a cross of
the shape known as S. Andrew's, and twelve crosses are marked on the
inside of its walls, and often twelve more on the outside, five more being
cut on the slab, or mensa, of the altar. These mural crosses, having
during the ceremony of consecration been anointed by the bishop, are
afterwards either cut in the stone or traced in colour. One such in colour
still exists in the Palace Chapel at Chichester, and in the cathedral are
others cut in the walls of two of the chapels: at Salisbury, Ottery, and
elsewhere examples of an ornamental character are found, and two of the
external crosses may still be seen at Exeter. High upon a buttress of the
Parish Church of Costock, near Loughborough, in Nottinghamshire, is a
stone showing on each of its two exposed faces a cross of an elegant
interlaced design, somewhat of the kind usually found in old Irish
sculptures. These, however, can scarcely be consecration crosses; the
stone is possibly the head of some ancient shaft, as it is almost
certainly not now in its original position. These crosses do not occur
before the eleventh century.

Two further instances only of the ritual use of the material cross need be
noticed. The first is the custom, somewhat obscure and perhaps never
common, of burying in graves a metal cross inscribed with a papal
absolution. Specimens of these have been found at several places on the
Continent, and in England at Bury S. Edmund's and at Chichester. It may
have been a custom cognate to this use of "Crosses of Absolution" to which
Cartwright, the Puritan antagonist of Archbishop Whitgift, refers when, in
complaining of the contemporary funeral rites, he speaks of "a cross,
white or black, set upon the dead corpse."

The other ceremony, which must not be omitted, is that pathetic part of
the solemnities of Good Friday, which used to be known in England as
"Creeping to the Cross." This rite, which consists in kneeling before a
crucifix laid before the altar and kissing it, boasts a very early origin.
An epistle of Paulinus shows that it was practised in Jerusalem in the
fourth century. Alcuin, the friend and adviser of Charlemagne, who was
born at York about 740, mentions it; and the Canons of Ælfric in 957 bid
the faithful to "greet God's rood with a kiss." In 1256, the Bishop of
Sarum, Giles de Bridport, enjoined all parishioners throughout his diocese
thus to venerate the cross, making an offering according to their ability
at the same time, and he even forbade them to communicate on Easter Day
unless they had done so. At the Reformation "Creeping to the Cross" proved
the ground of much discussion between the more moderate and the extreme
men. Those reformers who had become most strongly tinged with foreign
Protestantism from frequent intercourse with Geneva clamoured for its
abolition, along with other ceremonies which they disliked. There is still
extant the order of precedence, which was drawn up to regulate the
approach of Henry VIII. and his court to the Crucifix, and a proclamation
by that monarch specifies this rite as one that was to be maintained. In
1546 its abolition was suggested, upon which Thomas Cranmer wrote to the
King, "That if the honouring of the cross, as creeping and kneeling
thereunto be taken away it shall seem to many that be ignorant, that the
honour of Christ is taken away," for, as he says elsewhere, "we humble
ourselves to Christ herein, offering unto Him, and kissing the cross in
memory of our redemption by Christ on the Cross." In 1548, under Edward
VI., a royal proclamation announced that no proceedings were in future to
be taken against any persons who omitted sundry ceremonies hitherto
customary, the "creeping" being one. In 1549, on similar authority, it was
forbidden; and Ridley, Bishop of London, in his injunctions to his diocese
in 1550, enforced the prohibition. Yet the custom did not at once die out,
and in the sister kingdom of Scotland, it was practised, according to a
letter from Latimer to Sir W. Cecil, at Dunbar, on Good Friday, in 1568. A
somewhat similar ceremony is observed in the Greek Church on Holy Cross
Day; a crucifix is placed in a basket of flowers before the altar, and
each member of the congregation, after reverently kissing it, takes a
flower, and makes an offering in money.

A reference to those Holy Days, which have been specially dedicated to a
commemoration of the Cross will appropriately close this chapter, the
consideration of altar crosses, roods, and others which serve rather as
fitting ornaments of churches than as adjuncts to their ritual, being left
to form another section.

The Feast of the Invention (or Finding) of the Cross, which occurs on May
3rd, commemorates, as its name implies, the recovery of the True Cross by
S. Helena. It is said to have been instituted by Pope Sylvester I., who
died in 335, but there is no positive evidence of its observance before
the eighth century.

Holy Cross Day, or the Feast of the Exaltation of the Cross, is held in
the West as of less honour than the feast just named, but in the East it
is regarded with special reverence. It commemorates, according to some,
the apparition of the Cross to Constantine, but according to others the
consecration of the Church built by that Emperor to receive the True
Cross. It was certainly observed in Constantinople in the days of the
Patriarch Eutychius, who died about 582. On this day in 629, the Emperor
Heraclius came in solemn pilgrimage to Jerusalem to restore to the Church
there that wood of the Cross, which he had recovered from Chosroes; this
event added great lustre to the festival, and a memorial of it has since
been added to the earlier commemoration.

Both these holy days have been retained in the calendar of the English

The Greek and Ethiopian Churches celebrate on May 7th a miraculous
apparition of the Cross at Jerusalem in the year 346.

Not unconnected with the observance of stated days as festivals of the
Cross is the custom of dedicating churches under the name of S. Cross,
that is, of course, Holy Cross, or Holy Rood. The instance of the famous
Abbey and Palace at Edinburgh will at once occur to all; other cases are
found at Caermarthen and Bettws-y-Grôg in Wales, and in England at
Southampton, Thruxton, Swindon, Malling, and a few other places.


The Cross as an Ornament of the Church and its Precincts.

A very natural sequence from the custom, which, as we have seen, early
arose of using the sign of the cross in almost all forms of blessing, was
the fancy for making articles of church furniture cruciform, or of marking
them with a cross. As a matter of fact the only place where the sacred
sign might not be placed was on the floor, lest anyone should trample on
it; an exception to this rule, in the blue cross on the ground at the west
end of Durham Cathedral, was intended as a boundary, and is therefore an
exception only in the letter, not in the spirit, since it was assumed that
no one would step on or over it.

Scarcely had Christianity achieved its victory over the empire than
churches began to arise, which proclaimed by their shape the faith to the
service of which they were dedicated. Those built by Constantine himself
at Rome, the ancient S. Peter's, S. Paul-without-the-walls, and S. Maria
Maggiore, were all cruciform, as also was the splendid Church of the
Apostles which he built at Constantinople; and this ground-plan, whether
the form chosen were the Greek or the Latin Cross, began, especially in
cathedrals and other large churches, to supplant the simple parallelogram
of the basilica.

Evagrius tells us that the church which enshrined the pillar on which S.
Simeon Stylites practised his austerities was "constructed in the form of
a cross, adorned with colonnades on the four sides." S. Edward the
Confessor is reputed to have been the first to introduce cruciform
churches into England, in the erection of his famous abbey at Westminster.

The same historian just named, Evagrius, who wrote in the sixth century,
records that Chosroes, who, though a heathen, had a Christian wife, gave
to Gregory, Patriarch of Antioch, among other things, "a cross to be fixed
upon the holy table;" and Sozomen, earlier still, refers to "crosses lying
upon the altar." The primitive ages, however, knew nothing, unless in an
exceptional case, of any permanent ornaments upon their altars, yet a
cross seems to have been sometimes hung above, or placed beside them, in
very early days. In this, as in other matters already dealt with, the
suggestion rather than the representation of the Saviour's sacrifice
probably came first in the development of Christian art. Thus S. Paulinus
of Nola, writing about the year 400, describes a cross in front of an
altar erected by S. Felix; it had beside it the Alpha and Omega, around it
a crown or nimbus, and a white lamb was placed beneath. The cross did not
become an indispensible ornament of the altar until the tenth century, and
down to the fourteenth century it was invariably brought in, with the two
candles, by acolytes immediately before mass, and removed at its

The Venerable Bede gives one of the earliest, if not absolutely the first,
mention of an altar cross in England, when he relates how Paulinus, when
forced in 633 to retire from Northumbria into Kent, took with him "a large
gold cross and a golden chalice dedicated to the use of the altar." S.
Cuthbert a little later erected one in his oratory at Lindisfarne, and
Aldhelm, Bishop of Sherborne, who died in 709, speaks in one of his verses
of "a cross at the altar gleaming with plates of gold and silver, and
decked with gems." Coming to later times, it is on record that Ethelwold,
Bishop of Winchester from 1006 to 1014, gave a splendid gold cross to the
altar of S. Etheldreda in the cathedral, and that S. Margaret of Scotland
presented to a church a crucifix, on which was a figure of pure gold.

The foreign Protestants, whose interference was so manifest in most of the
extremer courses taken by the English Reformers, held very strong views as
to the unlawfulness of altar crosses, and especially of crucifixes.
Writing from Zurich on March 20th, 1560, Peter Martyr says, "to have the
image of the Crucifix upon the holy table at the administration of the
Lord's Supper, I do not count among things indifferent, nor would I
recommend any man to distribute the sacraments with that rite, ... neither
Master Bullinger nor myself count such things as matters of indifference,
but we reject them as forbidden." "Master Bullinger" speaks for himself in
a letter of May 1st, 1566. "I could never approve," he says, "of your
officiating, if so commanded, at an altar laden, rather than adorned, with
the image of Him that was crucified." The matter was thought sufficiently
important to form the subject of a conference, as we learn from a letter
written by Jewel, Bishop of Salisbury, to Peter Martyr. "This controversy
about the Crucifix," he writes, "is now at its height.... A disputation
upon this subject will take place to-morrow. The moderators will be
persons selected by the council. The disputants on our side are the
Archbishop of Canterbury and Cox; and on the other, Grindal, the bishop of
London, and myself." The discussion took place in the spring of 1560, and
apparently resulted in favour of the Protestants, although the sympathies
of the Queen, as we learn from a letter addressed by Sampson, Bishop of
Worcester, to Martyr, were on the other side.

The directing force in this iconoclastic movement was evidently Genevan,
and it would appear to have been Genevan only, for it is well known that
the Lutheran Churches of Germany retain the Crucifix above the altar. In
England, also, the attempt was only temporally successful. At the
coronation of Charles I. a crucifix was placed on the altar, and the use
of at least a cross is now practically universal.

Without question the most striking cross used in the decoration of a
church is the great Crucifix, or rood, placed on the chancel screen,
generally with the figures of the Blessed Virgin and S. John the
Evangelist as supporters. Naturally an ornament of this kind presupposes
not only a certain fearlessness on the part of the church in publicly
displaying her sacred symbols, but also a command of the resources of
wealth and an advanced state of art. We are therefore quite prepared to
find that the rood was not a very early addition to the adornment of a
church. We read, indeed, of some comparatively early instances in which
the figure of the Crucified Lord was painted on the ceiling of the choir,
or of the apsidal sanctuary; an example of which exists in Ravenna, in
which the Saviour is robed in eucharistic vestments, and is accompanied by
S. Michael and S. Gabriel. The cross upon the screen, however, is not
traced further back than the eighth century, and the rood with its full
complement of figures and lights can claim only a mediæval date.

It lies beyond the scope of our subject to discuss the development of the
choir-screen, from the curtains once hung before the altar to the broad
and solid gateways of carved stone, built beneath the chancel arch, or
even further west. Eventually these became a universal feature in church
architecture; of wood usually in parish churches, of stone in the larger
collegiate churches, in abbeys, and in cathedrals. Fine examples exist in
England; at York, Lincoln, Exeter, Wells, Canterbury, Bristol, Southwell,
Ripon, Christchurch (Hampshire), Tattershall (Lincolnshire), and
elsewhere; but the parish churches, which had timber screens, have
naturally not been successful in preserving for us so many examples as we
have of the more solid erections, though we have, even of them, many of
which we may be proud.

When complete these screens had a broad gallery or loft at the top, access
to which was obtained by a winding stair at one, or sometimes at each,
end. In several places, as at Lavenham (Suffolk), S. Martin's, Stamford
(Lincolnshire), Wells (Norfolk), and Long Melford (Suffolk), the external
turret which contained this stair still remains; in other cases, as at
Alford in Lincolnshire, a massive pillar was pierced to find room for the

Each side of this gallery was protected by a balustrade, and on the
western side, fronting the nave, stood the rood, a crucifix often of
life-size, or even larger, the cross being decorated with the
apocalyptical emblems of the evangelists at the four extremities, and
richly painted; a tree of life and glory to us, though to the Redeemer a
tree of shame and death. On either hand stood figures of the Madonna and
of S. John the Divine, and sometimes beneath the cross a smaller effigy of
the patron saint of the church was placed. On great festivals a multitude
of lights blazed along the rood-loft, which, with all its accessories,
became the most impressive object in the church.

A few examples of early rood-screens, with or without the loft, may be
quoted. A wooden screen, surmounted by a cross, was erected at Tyre by
Paulinus, and a stone one, said to date from the fourth century, still
stands at Tepekerman; and a third has been preserved from the time of
Justinian in the church of S. Catherine, on Mount Sinai. The Church of the
Apostles, Constantinople, had a screen of brass gilt, and S. Sophia's a
jewelled one, which was copied at Novgorod, Kieff, and elsewhere in the
East, in the eleventh century.

The uses to which these elevated platforms were put were many and various.
Those portions of the more solemn services which it was specially desired
that the people should all hear were often declaimed from their summits.
At High Mass the Gospel was read thence, a custom which survived in France
until the great Revolution. Public notice of the Church's feasts and fasts
was given from the loft, and there the lessons were read. Down to the time
of the introduction of pulpits at about the thirteenth century, sermons
were preached there. The fine screen, referred to above, in Tattershall
Church is corbelled out into a pulpit, and has desks for books designed in
the stone balustrade. On occasions of special solemnity antiphons were
sung and prayers said there, such as the Gradual and Alleluia, the
Prophecies before the Epistle at the Christmas Midnight Mass, and the
Passion on Palm Sunday and Good Friday. At Constantinople the Emperors
were crowned in the rood-loft, as also were the French Kings till the time
of Charles X. in the cathedral at Rheims. Altars were sometimes erected on
these screens, and generally one or more was set against their western

In England certain roods obtained special celebrity, and became the
objects of pilgrimage from all parts of the country; and in some cases the
temptation to attract the people at almost any cost proved too much for
the ecclesiastics in charge of them, and led to practices which, if truly
reported, no one would wish to defend. Such was the Rood of Grace at
Boxley Abbey. Archbishop Warham, in a report on the monastic houses,
presented to King Henry in 1512, pleads for the preservation of this abbey
because the place is "so much sought for from all parts of the realm
visiting the Rood of Grace." The foundation was, nevertheless, condemned,
and its revenues were granted in the thirty-second year of Henry VIII. to
Sir Thomas Wyat. In dismantling the abbey church, the movements of the
figure on the rood which, it is alleged, were ascribed to a miracle, were
found to be controlled by concealed machinery. "When plucking down the
images of the Monastery of Boxley," writes the commissioner Jeffrey
Chambers to Thomas Cromwell, "I found in the image of the Rood of Grace
... certain engines and old wires and sticks." The whole affair was
carried off, and on Sunday, February 24th, 1538, was exhibited to the
people at S. Paul's Cross by Hilsey, Bishop of Rochester, after his
sermon. It is only fair to add that it has been claimed that this
mechanism was not employed for deception, but that the figure was intended
for use in miracle plays. It is a partial support of this view that no one
seems to have proceeded against either in the ecclesiastical or the civil
courts in connection with the matter, which must surely have been the case
had the charge of deception been sincerely made and actually believed.

Other famous roods were the "Rood of Winchester and the very cross at
Ludlow," there was also a noted one at S. Saviour's, Bermondsey, and
another at Chester. The last-named, however, was not in the church, but on
the spot called from it the Roodee, or Roodeye. It was here that the
football was annually presented to the Mayor for the Easter game at
Chester. At Durham was preserved the "Black Rood of Scotland," a silver
crucifix which was blackened by the smoke of the innumerable tapers burnt
before it, after it was placed in the northern cathedral.

Charges such as that made concerning the Rood at Boxley were, whether true
or false, only too readily welcomed as an excuse for an attack on all
roods at the Reformation. That one case in special seems, indeed, to have
been made the most of in the controversy. Calfhill refers to it in his
answer, published in 1565, to Martial's book in defence of the Cross; and
Peterson, Finch, and Partridge, all English Protestants in correspondence
with Geneva, allude to it in their letters.

A general destruction of roods took place in the autumn of 1547, when
Heylin tells us "the image of Christ, best known by the name of the rood,
together with the images of Mary and John, and all other images in the
church of S. Paul, London, were taken down, as also in all other churches
in London." At All Hallows, Staining, the loft itself was pulled down, and
the "roodloft hangings" sold for 12s. in 1550.

Under Queen Mary the work of destruction was of course stayed, and in some
cases the damage was even repaired. Thus, at the church just named, a new
crucifix was purchased in 1554 at the cost of £6 3s., and the parishoners
of S. Pancras, Soper Lane, were warned in October, 1555, that their rood,
with all its figures, was to be reinstated by Candlemas. The parish
accounts of S. Helen's, Abingdon, for the same year, contain several
entries concerning a similar restoration:--

  "Payd for making the roode and peynting the same,      5 4
  For making the roode lyghtes,                         10 6
  Payed for peynting the roode, of Mary and John,
    and the patron of the Church,                        6 0"

Entries of a like kind are to be found in the accounts of S. Mary Hill,
London, for the same year, and in those of S. Giles's, Reading, for 1558.

Then came the revived iconoclasm of the days of Elizabeth. Reading pulled
down for 4d. in 1560, what had cost 40s. to put up two years before. John
Rial spent three days in destroying the rood at S. Margaret's,
Westminster, in 1559, and was paid 2s. 8d. for his services; and
"carpenters and others, taking down the rood-loft and stopping the holes
in the wall where the joices stood" at S. Helen's, Abingdon, received in
1561, the sum of 15s. 8d.

But the unaccountable hatred which the fanaticism of the time felt towards
these sacred symbols, was not satisfied with their mere removal; nothing
less than their destruction with every mark of violence and indignity was
enough. Crucifixes were brought to Smithfield and to S. Paul's Churchyard,
and there broken to pieces and "burnt to ashes, and together with these in
some places copes, also vestments, altar-cloaths, etc." The rood with its
images from S. Andrew's Holborn, was burnt to ashes, and that from S.
Margaret's, Westminster, was destroyed by "cleaving and sawing" it.

Such rage and violence towards the effigy of the Saviour reads more like
an account of the ribald and blasphemous paganism of the French
Revolution, than a record of the acts of men claiming a burning desire for
pure religion. Who can picture a sincerely Christian devotion hacking and
hewing at the statue of the Redeemer?

Amongst the magnificent roods destroyed about this time must be reckoned
that at S. Mary Hill, London, the figures from which were sold in the
reign of Edward VI. The cross was of wood, plated with silver gilt, and
the images of silver, and at the base of the cross was a crystal engraved
with the Holy name, and the five wounds of the Lord were marked with

It was, perhaps, in the hope of making assurance doubly sure that the
ecclesiastical commissioners on the 10th October, in the third year of
Elizabeth, ordered the removal of all rood-lofts. "It is thus decreed and
ordered, that the rood-lofts as yet being at this day aforesaid
untransposed, shall be so altered that the upper parts of the same, with
the soller (loft), be quite taken down unto the upper parts of the vaults
and beams, running in length over the said vaults, by putting some
convenient crest upon the said beam, towards the church." That this order
was fully carried out the visitation questions of Archbishop Grindal and
other similar documents, as well as the state of every ancient screen left
to us, clearly show.

It must not, however, be imagined that England has been alone in losing
these objects of art and of devotion. Rood-screens, once as commonly found
in France as amongst ourselves, are now as commonly absent from the
ordinary parish churches, although in many instances suspended crucifixes
have to some extent filled their place. The lust for destroying, which was
such a passion of the Revolutionary era in that country, is largely
answerable for this. The great Abbey of S. Ouen, at Rouen, once possessed
a splendid rood-loft, ascended by twin circular stairs; it was pierced by
brass gates of elaborate design, and surmounted by a crucifix whose top
stood sixty feet from the pavement. It was defaced in 1562 by the French
Protestants, or Calvinists, and destroyed by the revolutionary faction in
1791. The Cathedral of Alby still has a fine loft similar to the one which
existed at Rouen, and Louvain has one also of great dignity.

In recent years an extraordinary revival of rood-screens, adorned with all
their proper and ancient images, and even provided with lofts, has taken
place in England. Amongst well-known London churches, S. Peter's, Eaton
Square, has recently been adorned with a fine metal screen surmounted by a
cross and the figures of six angels, and S. Paul's, Knightsbridge, with a
complete rood-screen; but instances of this are now indeed common. As an
illustration of the revival of the loft, together with the other details
of the ancient screen, amongst village churches in the single county of
York, Womersley, Cantley, and Sledmere have all in recent years been thus
enriched. Certainly few architectural features add more solemnity and
dignity to a sacred building than a well-proportioned and well-designed
screen, crowned by the representation of the Great Sacrifice.

The marking with a cross by engraving, embroidery, or otherwise of almost
all articles used in the sacred offices, calls for little comment, being
largely a matter of taste merely. It has long been usual to enrich the
stole and maniple with three crosses, one in the centre and one at each
end; most of the linen used at the altar is also similarly marked. The old
English chasubles usually had a cross on the back in the form of a =Y=,
the Continental ones have a Roman Cross. The "Imitatio Christi" refers to
these chasubles, and explains their form thus: the priest "has before him
and behind him the sign of the cross of his Lord, that he may continually
bear in mind Christ's Passion. Before him he bears the cross on his
chasuble, that he may diligently look at the footsteps of Christ, and
fervently endeavour to tread in them. Behind him on his back he is signed
with the cross, that he may meekly endure for Christ's sake any trials
which others may bring upon him." This passage has a literary interest in
that it has been imported into the controversy concerning the disputed
authorship of that famous book of devotion. The work has been ascribed to
Gerson, Chancellor of Paris, as well as to Thomas à Kempis; but Cardinal
Garganelli argued that neither the Frenchman or the German could have
written it, but that the honour belongs to Gerson, Abbot of Vercelli; one
of his arguments being that the Italian vestments only had the cross both
on front and back, those used elsewhere bearing it behind only.

The curious "dissembled" cross, the fylfot, early used with various
mystical meanings by the faithful, became a not uncommon form with which
to impress church bells in some districts, especially in Yorkshire,
Lincolnshire, and Derbyshire. It is alleged to have been thought a charm
against lightning.

The cross has long been used in two very natural ways outside the fabric
of the church. As the church in the midst of the clustered houses is
itself a setting forth of the faith, so it follows, almost as a matter of
course, that it should uprear the symbol of that faith as prominently as
possible. Thus the tall spire, the church's finger, heavenward pointing,
holds aloft a cross. At Amiens is an example dating from 1526,--a long
life for a piece of metalwork in so exposed a position. The stone crown
which caps the tower of S. Giles's, Edinburgh, originally had a bold cross
above it, as shewn in old engravings.

The other use referred to, is the erection of churchyard crosses. Standing
in "God's acre," surrounded by the heaving "turf in many a mouldering
heap," where rest those who have died in faith, and sleep in hope,--what
can be more natural than the symbol of the Christian's faith, the anchor
of his hope? That this has been felt to be the case is abundantly shown by
the use of this form in memorials of the dead, as in the shape or the
adornment of tombstones and sepulchral slabs. In an illuminated copy of
the English pre-Reformation Offices, preserved by a Lancashire family, is
a painting of an English graveyard of the fifteenth century, where we see
the tall stone cross reared amidst the simple wooden crosses which mark
the several graves.

One of the most striking examples of the churchyard cross now left in the
country, stands on the south side of Somersby Church, in Lincolnshire. It
has a tall octagonal shaft, with an embattled capital rising from a square
base to a height of fifteen feet. The cross, which is protected by a
slight embattled canopy or gable, has on the one side a crucifixion, and
on the other the Madonna with the Holy Child. It is supposed to date from
about the middle of the fifteenth century. Other crosses, somewhat similar
in design, though none more light and graceful in construction, are found
in several places. At Cricklade are two examples, one in S. Mary's
churchyard, and the other in S. Sampson's; each consists of a tall shaft,
mounted on steps, and crowned with tabernacle work. The niches in S.
Mary's cross are filled with figures, but those of S. Sampson's have been
despoiled of theirs. The latter of these two is not strictly a churchyard
cross, having been removed in recent times from the main street of
Cricklade to its present site. Another of these tall crosses is found in
Bitterley churchyard, Shropshire; the shaft is octagonal, and the
tabernacle with its crucifixion is a good example of its kind. At Ampney
Crucis, near Cirencester, is a very bold and solid specimen, the
tabernacle of which is larger, in proportion to its shaft, than those
already described. S. Ives and Lanteglos in Cornwall have interesting
crosses in their churchyards. In each case the cross had been taken down
and buried near the church, perhaps by some pious souls anxious to
preserve them at the time when so many of their fellows were ruthlessly
destroyed. They were rebuilt some forty years ago. The S. Ives cross,
which is ten feet six inches in height, is the plainer, the massive shaft
being, as is often the case, a simple unadorned hexagon, while the
alternate faces of the example at Lanteglos, which is of about the same
height, are elaborately carved. The almost cubic head of each is cut into
niches, containing a crucifixion and the figures of saints. Other
instances of churchyard crosses in Cornwall are found at S. Buryan, S.
Levan, Gwinear, S. Erth, Sancreed, S. Paul, Illogan, Lelant, Cury,
Ludgran, Gulval, and a few other places. These, for the most part, are
roughly hewn crucifixes, of from four to six feet in height; but those at
Sancreed and at S. Erth are taller, the latter being a ruder specimen of
the type found at S. Ives and Lanteglos, and the former a crucifix of a
primitive sort with some simple designs cut on the body of the cross. A
good example of the characteristic Cornish cross, of little height and
decorated with an interlaced pattern resembling wicker-work, is in the
churchyard at S. Columb.

One of the best known crosses in the country is the one in the churchyard
of the little village of Eyam, in Derbyshire, celebrated for its tragic
experience of the plague. It is a fine specimen of a Saxon cross, with
scrolls on the shaft, and figures in the arms and on the centre. It had
long lain in fragments in a corner near the church, when John Howard, the
philanthropist, seeing it, got it rebuilt; to him, therefore, it may be
considered a lasting and fitting memorial. Bakewell, in the same county,
has another cross originally of the same type, but now much mutilated.

A very curious example of the Runic cross stands in the churchyard at
Nevern, in Pembroke. On a tall and substantial shaft, which slightly
tapers towards the top, is placed a small cross surrounded by a circle,
the whole being covered with interlaced carvings of a semi-barbaric kind.
A very curious form of churchyard cross is seen at Romsey Abbey, a fine
late Norman building; a large crucifix of antique type is let into the
outside wall of the south transept; the feet of the Redeemer lie side by
side, and above is the Father's hand--marks of antiquity as we have seen.


All over the country, remains of ancient churchyard crosses exist. At
Dindar, and at North Petherton, in Somersetshire, are graceful shafts from
which the tabernacled heads have disappeared; at Crowle, in Lincolnshire,
is a short shaft on steps, which now supports a sun-dial; at Bebbington,
in Cheshire, the base alone is left. And so the catalogue of battered
fragments might be continued, through every county in England. In their
perfect state, these churchyard crosses often witnessed to the artistic
feeling of our ancestors, and always to their sincere faith; are we driven
to draw as a moral from their ruins, that we have fallen as far behind
them in the latter, as it will hardly be denied we have in the former?

In recent years something has been done to repair the losses of the past
in this respect. It has been pointed out above that several of the crosses
as we have them now, such as those at Eyam, at S. Ives, and at Lanteglos,
are the carefully rebuilt fragments of antiquity. But besides these, some
new churchyard crosses have recently been erected, proving the revival of
the ancient feeling of their fitness. Quite recently the old base of a
cross at East Brent, in Somersetshire, has been crowned with the addition
of an impressive stone crucifix, intended as a memorial of the long
incumbency of the late Archdeacon Denison. At Harburton, in Devonshire, is
a new cross, designed after the best ancient type, with a tabernacled
head surmounted by a short crocketed spire; the carvings represent, on the
four sides, the Crucifixion, the Epiphany, and S. Andrew, and S.
Bartholomew. Hickleton Churchyard, in Yorkshire, and other places, have
also had crosses re-erected in them in recent years; as at Broadwood
Widger, near Launceston, where an ancient cross has been recovered from
secular use, and placed in the churchyard.

The churchyard crosses, besides exciting the devotion of the faithful, as
they passed amid the sleeping dead to prayer, were often used as fitting
places for the performance of penances, and hence were sometimes called
"Weeping Crosses." Another name, "Palm Crosses," marks the fact that the
Palm Sunday procession in passing round the church made a station at the
churchyard cross, which was for the nonce adorned with palm-branches, or
more strictly with yew or willow, which in mediæval England generally
served as substitutes for the oriental palm.


Public Crosses.

That "the ages of faith" considered religion foreign to no department of
life, is in nowise more strikingly shown than by the public use of the
emblem of Christianity. Our forefathers held it as the fittest of all
ornaments, not for the Church only, but for every place where Christian
men were found. Over five thousand crosses, it is said, existed at one
time in the public places of England;--in the obscure village churchyard
and the busy mart, the lonely highway and the crowded city thoroughfare.

Precisely how many of these now remain, it would be difficult to say; but
certainly only a small proportion exists in anything like the original
state. Some have survived as mere shafts, beautiful still in many cases,
but shorn of almost all meaning by the loss of the one member that gave
them a being and a name. In other cases an unsightly stump, a useless
flight of steps, a few worn stones, an ancient place-name, or a bare
tradition, keep alive the memory of the Cross, now desecrated or

The ceaseless beating of the tide of time is responsible for much of this
decay, which the local authorities, in carelessness or ignorance, have
been guilty in too many instances of watching without attempting to
retard; and in not a few cases the whole structure has at last been taken
down simply to avoid the cost and trouble of needful repair.

Modern improvements in the streets of our towns have cost us several
examples that could ill be spared. It would be as foolish as futile to
decry the opening out of narrow thoroughfares to the sweet influences of
sun and air, or to grumble when growing towns make due provision for
growing traffic; yet one cannot but regret the many ancient landmarks that
these changes have swept away, nor can one doubt that, had a proper
appreciation of their worth been felt, some means might have been found to
preserve most of them.

But after all it was the bigotry of the Puritan epoch which robbed us of
the greater part of our public crosses, just as it was the narrow views
imported into the Reformation movement from foreign sources that were
chiefly answerable for the disappearance of our roods and other church

Some method of classification being needful in treating of the various
kinds of crosses, one has been adopted here which is practically useful,
rather than strictly accurate. Churchyard crosses, included in the
preceding chapter, form a division sufficiently distinct; others, which
specially commemorate some person or event, as do the Eleanor Crosses and
that at Neville's Cross, near Durham, will compose another class to be
considered in the next chapter, as memorial crosses. In our present one
attention is called to those which were public, in the exclusive sense of
being used for public purposes, such as markets, royal proclamations, and
preaching; and finally, under the names of roadside and boundary crosses,
will be included many stone crosses which cannot be grouped under any of
these heads.

It is confessed that this classification is not scientific, inasmuch as
the classes are not in all cases mutually exclusive. No doubt several of
the market crosses, besides serving the usual purposes of such structures,
enshrined the memories of departed worthies; and unquestionably many
village and roadside crosses were originally erected as preaching places
for the brothers of some neighbouring monastery, or for the use of
itinerant friars.

For practical purposes, however, the above division of the subject will be
found to serve.

To notice every cross of this public sort which has at some time adorned
the streets and market-places of Great Britain, even if it were possible,
would be after all the compiling of a mere tedious catalogue. It will be
more interesting to take a few of the more important ones as types,
referring to the others as occasion may arise.

For such a purpose no example can suit us better as illustrating the
secular and civil uses to which these structures were put than the Market
Cross, or "Mercat Croce," of the northern capital. This venerable erection
might indeed be truly named, borrowing an American expression, the "hub"
of Scotland, round which for centuries has revolved the history, not of
Edinburgh only, but of the whole kingdom.

It seems not improbable that the original of this cross belonged to the
class of well-crosses to be referred to hereafter, and may have been
placed there by the earliest teachers of the faith in the district, an old
well existing not far from the present site under the name of the
cross-well. But no certain allusion to a cross standing here is found
before the year 1436, when we read of the assassins of King James I. of
Scotland meeting their punishment "mounted on a pillar in the Market Place
in Edinburgh." Nearly three hundred years before this, however (in 1175),
William the Lion ordered that "all merchandisis salbe presentit at the
mercat and mercat croce of burghis," which may well be taken to imply that
the first burgh in the kingdom was not at that time without its "croce."
Our next reference is in a Charter of S. Giles' Church, dated 1447, in
which occur the words "ex parte occidentali fori et crucis dicti burgi,"
and its use as a Market centre is clearly defined in a letter from James
III. to his citizens, written in October 1477, in which he orders "all
pietricks, pluvaris, capones, conyngs, checkins, and all other wyld foulis
and tame to be usit and sald about the Market Croce and in na other

No data remain from which to reconstruct with any certainty the ancient
cross in the original form. The "pillar of the cross" now standing is the
same as that named in the earliest historical notices of the structure,
perhaps even the very one that was first set up, but whether it stood at
the outset on an elevated platform as it now does and long has done, or
whether it surmounted a flight of steps in the way usual in England,
cannot be determined. In the reign of James III. great improvements were
made in Edinburgh. The church of S. Giles, for instance, was enlarged and
made collegiate, and its independence of all but papal jurisdiction was
guaranteed by a Bull; it seems therefore not improbable that the same
royal patron of the arts added at that time dignity to the city cross by
building the lofty stone platform from which it could more unquestionably
dominate the market. In 1555 some alterations were made in the structure,
which are described as "bigging the rowme thereof," which has been thought
to imply that the open circles, which probably first supported this
platform, were filled in so as to form the "rowme." The following extracts
from the accounts of the city treasurer at any rate imply that the
enclosed base, entered beneath by a door, was standing shortly after this
date. In 1560 we read "Item for ane band to ye Croce dur," "Item for
mending of ye lok of ye Croce dur;" and again in 1584, "5 Julii, Item, ye
sam day given for ane lok to ye Croce duir, and three keyis for it." An
old birds-eye view of the city as it appeared in 1647 shews the main
outlines of the building to have been then very similar to what we see it

This type of cross was peculiarly Scottish. A similar one remains in good
condition at Prestonpans, and another very fine one at Aberdeen; Perth and
Dundee had similar ones now unfortunately destroyed, and the capital
itself had a second cross of like design in the Canongate. It may have
been that the metropolitan cross was accepted as the model for the other
burghs of the kingdom.

The treasurer's accounts cited above, give evidence also of the early
erection of another feature peculiar to the Edinburgh cross, namely the
surmounting of it with the national emblem. In 1584, is an entry, "Payit
to David Williamson for making and upputting of the Unicorn upon the head
of the Croce."

In the year 1617, the "ald croce," was taken down and "translated by the
devise of certain mariners of Leith, from the place where it stood past
the memory of man to a place beneath in the High Street." The stone for
building the new substructure was "brocht frae the Deyne," and on the 25th
March "the Croce of Edinburgh was put upon the new seat;" the total cost
of its removal and re-erection being £4486 5s. 6d. (Scots). Amid the
Puritan violence of the Protectorate, the cross was defaced, among other
things the Royal arms were torn down, and "the crown that was on the
unicorn was hung upon the gallows by these treacherous villains;" as a
consequence the city accounts show payments for repairs to Robert Mylne, a
descendant of John Mylne, who had been one of the "Master measones" at the
re-erection. At this time the cross, or some part of it, perhaps the
heraldic carvings, was adorned with colour, a sum being given "to George
Porteous for painting the Croce."

On March 13th, 1756, the Market Cross of Edinburgh was demolished. Some of
the carved medallions which had decorated it passed years later into the
hands of Sir Walter Scott, by whom they were built into a wall at
Abbotsford, where they now are. The pillar, which was allowed to fall and
break in the course of demolition, was acquired by Lord Somerville, who
set it up near his house at Drum. The site was marked out with stones, and
a plain stone pillar "was erected on the side of a well in High Street,
adjacent to the place where the cross stood, which, by act of Siderunt,
was declared to be the Market Cross of Edinburgh from that period." But
even this was not allowed to remain long, the chief argument for the
removal both of it and of its great predecessor being the alleged
obstruction which it offered to traffic.

Efforts were made from time to time to persuade the city fathers to
restore a structure so long and so intimately bound up with the national
history, and at last "the pillar of the cross" was brought back to
Edinburgh, and placed upon a pedestal within the railings of St. Giles'
Church. So matters were allowed to remain until 1885, when by the
generosity of the Right Hon. W. E. Gladstone, then Member of Parliament
for Midlothian, the original pillar was re-instated on a new and imposing
base of the ancient type. The following translation of the Latin
inscription which appears on one of its eight faces, and which is dated
the day whereon it was formally handed over to the Corporation,
appropriately closes the record of the changes through which it has
passed: "Thanks be to God, this ancient monument, the Cross of Edinburgh,
devoted of old to public functions, having been destroyed by evil hands in
the year of our salvation, 1756, and having been avenged and lamented in
song both noble and manly by that man of highest renown, Walter Scott, has
now by permission of the city magistrates been rebuilt by William E.
Gladstone, who through both parents claims a descent entirely Scottish.
November 23rd in the year of grace 1885."

Many were the Scottish sovereigns who were greeted by their people at
this, the heart of their capital. When James IV. brought home his bride,
Margaret, daughter of Henry VII. of England, a fountain at the Cross ran
wine for all to drink, and a similar rejoicing took place when the
ill-fated Mary, in 1561, made her public entry into the city from "Halyrud
hous," and again in 1590, when her son James VI. introduced his Queen,
Anne of Denmark to the citizens.

Of the many national and civic proclamations which have been made from
Edinburgh Cross, two stand out conspicuous in the history of the whole
island of Great Britain. The first, in 1513, was a summons for a general
muster of the Scottish army for the invasion of England before the fatal
field of Flodden; and the second was in 1603, when the Lyon King-at-arms
announced from that spot the death of Elizabeth of England, and the
consequent union of the crowns of the two countries.

Such part as the cross has played in the religious history of Scotland, is
mostly concerned with the progress of the Reformation in the north. In
1555 John Knox was burnt in effigy there, having gone to Geneva instead of
answering a summons to appear before the Bishops. In 1565 a Roman Catholic
priest, for the enormity of having said mass on Easter Day at Holyrood,
was "tyed to the cross, where he tarried the space of one hour, during
which time the boys served him with his Easter egges;" and again on the
following day "he was set upon the Market Cross for the space of three or
four hours, the hangman standing by and keeping him," while the populace
again as on the former occasion displayed their godly zeal and christian
charity. In that stormy time for Scotland, the reigns of Charles II. and
his brother James, when politics and religion were so strangely and
unfortunately intermingled, that while the one party claimed to be
punishing rebels, the other felt that it was suffering martyrdom, many,
including the Duke of Argyle and a hundred other persons of all ranks,
suffered death in Edinburgh, in most cases at the "Mercat Croce."

England provides more than one instance in which, as in the case of
Edinburgh, the present generation has in some sort replaced the town
cross, hastily or heedlessly destroyed by a former age.

Bristol once possessed a handsome market cross of the fourteenth century,
containing, in niches, statues of several English Kings, the whole work
gorgeous in vermilion, and blue, and gold. So late as 1633, the citizens,
to preserve it, enclosed it with a railing and regilt it, at the same time
adding a new storey with four more statues. Yet in 1733, on the
declaration of some neighbouring tradesman that it was a danger to his
life and property, it was entirely pulled down. Re-erected at private cost
on College Green, it was actually demolished a second time, a public
subscription (to the disgrace of Bristol) defraying the charges. Sir
Richard Colt Hoare, having acquired the fragments, rebuilt it in his park
at Stone Head, and a subsequent age has replaced it on the Green with a
copy of the original, once so scornfully flung away.

Glastonbury, again, has, by the recent erection of a new cross, made some
reparation for its careless treatment of an old one. Its ancient market
cross was one of the most curious in the country; substantial, simple, and
unadorned, offering ample accommodation and shelter beneath its wide
arches, and with a certain quaint attraction in its curious gables. On
showing signs of decay, its past services to the market folk were so far
from pleading for it, that it was abandoned to the plundering of local
builders, who coveted its time-honoured materials, and not a recognizable
vestige now remains. Its modern successor is, as one expects of a
nineteenth century erection, perfectly conventional, consisting of a
column with canopied niches, surmounted by a short spire.

Gloucester boasted a market cross from the days of Richard III. to the
year 1750--an hexagonal tower-like structure garnished with statues, but,
like Edinburgh Cross, it was condemned as an obstruction, and, less
fortunate than its comrade in misfortune, has found no one to rebuild it.

Another town in which the exigencies of modern business have been supposed
to require the removal of a famous relic of the past is Coventry, whose
cross must in its day have been one of the most ornate in the country.
This cross, which Sir William Hollis reared in 1541 in the place of an
earlier one, was built on similar lines to one at Abingdon, which has also
disappeared. In form it was a hexagonal spire, some sixty feet in height,
on a series of four steps, covered with a mass of tracery and carving, and
containing a number of figures beneath canopies. It was lavishly gilded,
and so solicitous were the authorities of preserving its gleaming bravery
untarnished, that a fine was imposed on any one who should presume to
sweep the "cheepinge," or market, without first watering it to lay the
dust. In 1668, it was repaired and regilt at a cost of £276, but barely a
century later it was razed to the ground, and its memory is only kept
alive by the presence of a few of its statues and some other fragments,
preserved variously in the neighbourhood. Abingdon Cross was "sawn" down
by the Puritan soldiery of Waller's army, and the same brainless bigotry
robbed Chester of its High cross. Holbeach had a cross of unique plan,
consisting of a column supported by a pentagonal platform raised on
arches, which has disappeared; as also has one at Leicester, and a boldly
designed market cross at Ipswich, which must have been both useful and

[Illustration: COVENTRY CROSS.]

It is difficult for us to conceive how constantly these sculptured shafts
and sheltering arches met the gaze of our forefathers at every turn in the
older cities of England. Beside the splendid cross, for instance, just
described, Coventry had at one time its Swine's Cross (taken down about
1763), a second of the same name in another part of the town, Sponne
Cross, Hill Cross, Jesus Cross, the Maiden's Cross, and the New, or
Queen's Cross, as well as others close at hand at Radford and at Whitley.
A similar case meets us in Doncaster, which once could boast of a
Butcher's Cross (destroyed in 1725), a Butter Cross (removed to make room
for the Market House in 1846), the Northern Cross, the Wheat, or Market
Cross, the Crosses of S. James, S. Sepulchre, and Maudlin (Magdalen),
Snorel Cross, and one in the churchyard. Not one of all this list remains,
Doncaster's only example being the Hall Cross, which will be referred to
among the memorial crosses.

During the Commonwealth, with its temporary establishment of civil
marriages, this rite was "solemnized," if one may use the term in such a
connection, in Doncaster at the Wheat Cross.

The ancient city of Lincoln is another example of a place once rich in
these memorials. Only a well-cross exists there to-day, although its first
Bishop, Remigius, built a town-cross, his successor, Hugh de Grenoble,
added others, and yet others were erected by Hugh de Wells, all of which,
as also an ancient High Cross, have gone.

Amongst the Market Crosses still left to us, a foremost place, if not the
first, must be given to that of Chichester. This beautiful structure was
reared by Edward Story, bishop of the diocese from 1478 to 1504, who also
left an estate, valued at £25 per annum, to keep it in repair, and to
provide wine at the Cross annually on S. George's Day. It is an octagon in
plan, and covers a space of some four hundred square feet. Crosses of
this type, of which Malmesbury and Salisbury provide other excellent
examples, are not only more beautiful, but more useful, than the solid
decorated towers or spires, such as the crosses of Coventry and Abingdon,
for the wide arches afford both shade and shelter to the market folk in
summer heat or wintry rain and snow. A cross which is almost a combination
of the solid high-cross and the large covered type is found at Shepton
Mallet, having been erected by Walter Buckland and his wife in 1505. Other
examples of the covered cross exist at Chipping Campden, in
Gloucestershire, and at Cheddar. Even in the narrower scope of the high
cross, an attempt was sometimes made to provide at least so much shelter
as was possible under the circumstances, as we see in the open lower story
of the Butter Cross, at Winchester, and of the curious pentagonal cross at

Amid all the bustle of the busy market-place, and perhaps above all times
in this hurrying, grasping age, the old market cross stands with its
message ever old, yet ever needful, for all who have ears to hear;
testifying that there are interests of more moment than buying and selling
and getting gain, and by its very antiquity speaking of the frailty of the
life of man, so many generations of whom have bargained and chaffered
beneath its shadow, and gone out one by one in long procession into the
unknown Infinite.

Turning to those public crosses, which were used chiefly, though not quite
exclusively, for religious purposes and especially for preaching, S.
Paul's Cross comes first by right both of the importance of its position,
and of the prominent part which it has played in the religious history of
the country.


The original foundation of the Cross at S. Paul's is lost in antiquity,
but evidence exists that one, on or near the site of the later one, marked
the spot whereon the city folkmote was held before the twelfth century.
The earliest actual mention of the cross is in 1191, when one William Fitz
Osbert here delivered an address against the divine authority of the
crown. From that time down to the middle of the seventeenth century, a
period of about five hundred years, the references to it are frequent and

It was first used for ecclesiastical purposes in 1285, when the churchyard
was enclosed, and began probably to be regarded more distinctly as a
cathedral precinct, yet even after this the events connected with the
cross are not all strictly ecclesiastical. In 1382 the building was
damaged in a severe thunder-storm, and in 1449 it was re-built in "a more
splendid style" by Thomas Kemp, Bishop of London. The last preaching at
the cross was in 1633, after which the sermons were delivered in the
cathedral; and in 1643, by order of the Long Parliament, the cross was
taken down. All that now remains of it is the octagon base, which was
discovered a few years since, when the churchyard was laid out as a
garden; the site will be found, marked out with stones, at the northeast
corner of the present cathedral, a portion of the east wall of which rests
upon a small part of it.

In its palmy days, S. Paul's Cross consisted of a covered pulpit of stone,
surrounded by a low wall, and surmounted by a bold cross on an ogee roof.
When not in use it was closed by a door, and near the opening or window
where the preacher took his stand, was, in its latter days, a bracket for
an hour-glass. At the left hand of the structure, against the east wall of
the cathedral transept, was a covered gallery of two storeys, known as
"the shrowds," in which persons of special distinction were accommodated
to hear the preaching; the bulk of the congregation sitting on movable
forms or standing between the cross and the church.

Here at various times were heard such famous leaders of the religious
thought of the nation as Fisher, Latimer, Gardiner, Ridley, Coverdale,
Tunstall, Bonner, Grindal, Scory, Jewell, King, "the king of preachers,"
according to the opinion of James I., Hooker, "the judicious," Donne, Dean
of S. Paul's, and Laud, who, as Bishop of London, was the last of the
famous preachers to occupy this celebrated pulpit. Several of the sermons
delivered here have become historical, or were connected with events that
have helped to make history. On September 12th, 1557, "Dr. Standyche did
preach at the shrowds for the winning of the battle of St. Quentin," the
lord mayor and the aldermen being present in state. Jewell, Bishop of
Salisbury, preached a sermon on March 30th, 1560, which became known as
"the Challenge Sermon," from the fact that it was largely composed of a
number of theses, which he defied the Roman controversialists to prove
from the Fathers or from Holy Scripture. Another discourse that acquired a
name had been preached here by Latimer in 1548; this was the "Sermon of
the Plough," which treated in a quaint and characteristic manner of the
seed and the husbandry of "God's plough-land." Queen Elizabeth came to S.
Paul's Cross in full state on September 8th, 1588, to hear another bishop
of Salisbury, Dr. Piers, preach in commemoration of the overthrow of the
Armada. On this occasion eleven ensigns taken from the Spanish fleet were
exhibited, previous to their being displayed on the following day on
London Bridge. On March 24th, 1619, the cross was draped in black in
memory of the death of Anne of Denmark, the queen of James I., who had
died early in the month; and in April, King, Bishop of London, delivered a
sermon there at a solemn thanksgiving for the king's recovery from severe
illness. In 1629 a muttering of the coming storm was heard at S. Paul's
Cross, when, on the Sunday before Whitsunday, two papers were found
attached to it addressed to King Charles I., who was warned of the wrath
of heaven against him, and bidden, "Give an account of thy stewardship,
for thou must be no longer _Stuart_."

The Cross, however, was not used for sermons only. Being a place centrally
situated and resorted to by large numbers of people, it was deemed a
suitable one for the performance of acts of public penance. In 1441, Roger
Boltyngbroke, who was found guilty of the sin of necromancy, sat on a
chair by the Cross during sermon time, surrounded by his magical
appliances, and afterwards openly abjured his dark arts. A more notable
penitent was Mistress Jane Shore, who came here "out of all araie, save
her kertle onlie," and with a taper in her hand, in May, 1483. John Hig,
"alias Noke, alias Jonson"--a suspicious character obviously--stood
bareheaded and barefooted, with a faggot on his shoulder, all through the
preaching at the Cross on Good Friday, in 1528, as a penance for certain
"damnable and erroneous opinions" which he confessed to having
"erroneously and damnably said, affirmed, believed and taught." A similar
penance was performed in 1532 by a barrister of the Middle Temple, James
Baynham by name, who seems to have been a singularly weak and vacillating
creature. Having professed Protestantism, he recanted; again recalled his
recantation, and was burned at Smithfield. In 1534, Elizabeth Barton, "the
holy maid of Kent," who professed to have had divine revelations
condemning the divorce of King Henry VIII., was compelled to stand on a
high scaffold over against the pulpit, together with some half-a-dozen
priests and monks, who had expressed belief in her prophesyings. This
probably mistaken, but certainly well-meaning and pious nun, was hanged at
Tyburn on April 21st, 1534.

In November, 1554, five men did penance here by standing during the sermon
with lighted tapers in one hand and rods in the other; in March, 1556, a
man, for transgressing the rules of Lent, stood with the carcase of a pig
on his head and another in his hand; and in August, 1559, a "minister" did
penance for "marrying a couple that were married afore-time."

The custom, common in past days, of formally destroying a book by way of
condemning its publication, has several times been illustrated at S.
Paul's Cross. Many of Luther's works were burnt at a sermon preached there
by Fisher on May 12th, 1521; and Tyndale's translation of the New
Testament, after another sermon by the same bishop, Cardinal Wolsey being
present also, in 1530. In 1613, some books by a Jesuit named Suarez, whose
works were said to be "derogatory to Princes," were burnt at the Cross,
and the writings by Pareus, concerning the people's authority over
princes, were similarly treated in 1622.

A notice of the Cross in the reign of Edward III. gives us a curious
insight into the ideas of episcopal duty at the time. Michael de
Northbury, Bishop of London from 1354 to 1362, acted as a pawnbroker
for the benefit of the citizens of that city, and if at the year's end the
pledges were not redeemed, notice was given by the preacher, after his
sermon at the Cross, that they would be sold in fourteen days.


Amongst the incidents of a secular character which centred in this
time-honoured erection, we find a pleasing illustration of the friendly
relations which subsisted between the King and his subjects in bygone
days; for it seems to have been customary for the monarch, before going
abroad, to come down to S. Paul's Cross, and there to bid them farewell.
So came, at any rate, Henry III., both in 1257 and in 1261, before passing
into France.

The gatherings round the spot were not always of so friendly a nature.
Under Queen Mary, religious feeling ran so high as to lead to serious
disturbances. Dr. Bourne, chaplain to Bonner, was interrupted by shouting
and uproar for attacking Ridley in a sermon on August 13th, 1553, and a
dagger was flung at him, which stuck into a post of the Cross. On the
following Sunday, about one hundred and twenty halberdiers were present,
and peace was preserved; but in June of the next year, Dr. Pendleton was
fired on whilst preaching and nearly struck by a pellet "of tyne."

No other preaching cross attained to the name and fame of that of S.
Paul's, yet they were not uncommon in the country. In the Green Yard at
Norwich was one of wood, with leaded roof and a cross of the same metal;
Worcester also had one. Remains of a preaching cross may be seen near the
church in Iron Acton, in Gloucestershire, a graceful structure originally,
now lamentably mutilated; and at Disley, in the same county, is another,
also in ruins. A still better example is the Blackfriars' preaching cross
at Hereford, a hexagonal enclosure with open arches, above which is the
stump of what was once the sacred emblem.

The Puritans, although such advocates of preaching, evidently had a strong
prejudice against these open-air pulpits. That at Iron Acton bears to this
day marks of the violence used in the attempt to destroy it, and most of
our English preaching crosses have, like our most famous example, wholly

In this last half century, the English people have woke up once more in a
wonderful way to an appreciation of life in the open air. Never were
outdoor sports and games so generally followed; and "garden-parties" and
"garden-meetings" are amongst our most modern inventions. Parks and
pleasure-grounds are now demanded almost as a public right; and no
"exhibition" can look for success that does not provide ample
accommodation for its patrons to listen to music under the open skies. In
the face of all these signs of the times, is it too much to hope that the
Church may be touched with the same feeling--surely a healthy and a
desirable one; and that we may yet see on summer's evenings the
congregations choosing to sit or stand about the preaching cross in the
churchyard, rather than sit, involuntarily listless, at the best with
difficulty attentive, in the heat of a crowded, and often ill-ventilated


Memorial Crosses.

The sign of our salvation having come to fill so large a place in
Christian art, it would naturally be expected that in memorials in any way
connected with religious feelings it would be employed, and above all in
the monuments of the dead laid to rest in hope of a joyous resurrection
through the victory of the Cross. As a matter of fact, our earliest
Christian cross-forms are the disguised crosses of the catacombs, and in
spite of every outbreak of bigotry against other uses of the symbol, it
has never been entirely abandoned for such purposes. Preaching crosses and
market crosses might fall into ruin, and roods and crucifixes be wantonly
destroyed, but the Cross, carved in stone or cut on stone above the grave,
is found in all ages, though not so frequently in England in the
seventeenth and eighteenth centuries as before or since.

The first cross said to have been raised in the Kingdom of Northumbria,
was that wooden one which S. Oswald, the King and Martyr, planted with his
own hands on the eve of the battle of Hevenfelth in 635. This, originally
a sign of the cause for which Oswald sought to reclaim his realm, became a
memorial of the Christian victory, and was still preserved as such in the
time of the Venerable Bede, who tells us that "the place is shown to this
day, and held in great veneration."

Another memorial of battle was the famous Neville's Cross, near Durham,
erected to mark the spot where Ralph Neville, in October, 1346, defeated
the Scottish invaders. This, according to ancient accounts, was a
singularly dignified structure, with a crucifixion beneath a stone canopy
at the top, and a series of figures at the base, the whole being raised on
half-a-dozen steps.

The greater number of our memorial crosses, however, preserve the memory,
as was above indicated, of persons rather than of events; and amongst the
earliest of these is a very ancient example of the so-called runic type in
the Parish Church of Leeds. It is curiously wrought with human figures,
difficult now to name with any certainty, and with several fine specimens
of the varied and intricate scrolls so popular with the early
stone-carvers of the north. It is supposed to be a monument to Onlaf
Godfreyson, who died about 941.

Travellers in the Alps will be familiar with the memorials, pathetic in
their simplicity, of those mountaineers and wayfarers who have met sudden
destruction beneath the overwhelming avalanche; ever and anon the rustic
cross of wood is met with, marked with the initials of the dead and with
the letters "P. I.," or perhaps the words in full, _Perit ici_. Spain,
too, has her wooden crosses scattered along her most lonely roads and
hillsides, or by the forest pathway; memorials, these, however, of more
sombre tragedies, telling where the brigand or the highwayman struck down
his victim.

The great type of the permanent memorial cross amongst us in England has
been supplied by the devotion of Edward I. to his Queen Eleanor, and any
land might well have been proud of the splendid series of crosses which
he raised to her memory.

[Illustration: NORTHAMPTON CROSS.]

Queen Eleanor died at Hardeby, in Nottinghamshire, on November 28th, 1291,
her husband being at the time in the north, entering upon a Scottish
campaign. The body was embalmed; and as the solemn procession, which the
King joined ere its start, made its slow way to Westminster, a spot was
chosen at each halting place, on which a monument was to be raised. The
total number of these is not quite certain, but the following is probably
a complete list of them, namely:--Lincoln (where those parts of the body
removed in the embalming were buried in the Minster), Grantham, Stamford,
Geddington, Northampton, Stony-Stratford, Woburn, Dunstable, S. Alban's,
Waltham, West Cheap, and Charing. All have now disappeared except those at
Geddington, Northampton, and Waltham; and these three survivors,
singularly enough, illustrate three distinct styles of construction, the
ground plan of the first being a triangle, of the second an octagon, and
of the last a hexagon.

With so many crosses varying so largely in design it is probable that
there were several architects, but not many names have come down to us;
John de la Battaile is said to have designed the one at Northampton, and
Pietro Cavallini the Waltham one, Alexander of Abingdon, and William de
Ireland executing the work. All the existing crosses have several statutes
of the Queen, so that we may conclude that this was a feature common to
the whole series; and all were adorned with the arms of England, Castile,
and Ponthieu. The design in each case is beautiful, and the detailed
carving, whether in the diapering of the surface, or its enrichment with
flowers, crockets, and other architectural features, both elaborate and
exquisite. Charing Cross, the cross of "the beloved Queen" (chèr reine),
the last of the series, more nearly approached the Northampton Cross than
either of the other two which remain, but its plan was hexagonal. Not a
trace or a description of the original condition of most of the other
crosses has been handed down to us.

Geddington Cross is in a singularly perfect state, wanting only its upper
member with the actual cross. That at Northampton is similarly truncated.
In the reign of Queen Anne a new cross, quite out of keeping with the rest
of the design was placed upon the latter by the local justices of the
places, who also adorned its faces with sundials; these have happily been
again removed. Waltham Cross, which had become seriously decayed, was
restored early in the present century, and again more carefully and
satisfactorily in 1887 as a memorial of the jubilee of the reign of Queen

[Illustration: GEDDINGTON CROSS.]

The Cheapside Cross was renewed in 1486 by the citizens of London, and
again in 1600. In the excitement of the religious ferment of the following
century it was a great sufferer, all the images on it being broken in
1581, and again, "with profane indignity" in 1596. Its final destruction
took place in 1643 under an order of the Long Parliament, which decreed
the demolition of all crosses. Both this and, it would appear, the earlier
attacks upon it, were the work of a fanatical minority merely, which could
command but little popular sympathy, for Sir Robert Harlow, who had charge
of the work of destruction, brought with him to the city a troop of horse
and two companies of foot to protect the workmen from the rage of the
citizens. The Cross at Charing was probably removed at the same time. Of
the fate of the others we have no record; some perhaps crumbled with
decay, and were neglected, others doubtless met a fate similar to that of
their London sisters.


The Waltham Cross has proved the most suggestive to architects of
subsequent times; amongst other instances the Crimean Cross, near
Westminster Abbey, has been formed on its design. Sir G. Gilbert Scott
drew inspiration from the Northampton Cross for the erection of the
Martyrs' Memorial at Oxford; and near Sheffield is one which perhaps
follows, though at an immense distance, the type at Geddington. This is
the memorial to the four hundred victims, of the terrible epidemic of
cholera which visited Sheffield in 1832. This cross, the foundation-stone
of which was laid by James Montgomery, the poet, is chiefly interesting as
one of the earliest instances of the reviving taste and feeling for this
specially appropriate form of monument. Another Memorial Cross, whose
noble size and dignified proportions, when compared with the one last
named, give ample evidence of the artistic growth which has accompanied
this growth of feeling, is the S. Andrew's Cross, at Plymouth.

Two crosses of a different type to the Eleanor crosses are those at Newark
and at Wedmore. The first, which consists of a tall shaft on a flight of
bold, hexagonal steps, was erected by the Duchess of Norfolk, as a
memorial of her husband, John Viscount Beaumont, who fell at the battle of
Towton Moor in 1461. The present head of the cross is modern. The Wedmore
Cross, sometimes called "Jeffrey's Cross," commemorates the unfortunate
country-folk of Somersetshire, who fell in Monmouth's rebellion, or were
butchered by the brutal Jeffreys afterwards.


Probably, could we but decipher the allusions intended by their
sculptures, we should find that most of our ancient carved crosses were
originally memorials. Almost certainly the two shafts at Sandbach, in
Cheshire, are such. These, which are amongst the most valuable relics of
early art in this country, dating probably from the eighth, or even from
the seventh century, were broken into many pieces and scattered over the
district as doorsteps, gate-posts, and what not, until collected and most
carefully restored by Colonel Forde, the lord of the Manor. The larger of
these two columns, each of which has lost its cruciform head, is
covered with sculptures of sacred subjects taken from the New Testament;
we have the annunciation of S. Elizabeth, and of the Blessed Virgin Mary,
the trial and crucifixion of our Lord, the apocalyptic emblems of the four
evangelists, and other sacred scenes and persons. The carvings on the
smaller cross are of a secular character, and are supposed to represent
events connected with the marriage of Peda, King of Mercia, to Alchfleda,
daughter of Oswy, King of Northumbria, and his baptism, on which as a
condition that marriage depended; most of the work is now inexplicable,
referring to scenes of which all other records are lost. The stones of
which these columns are composed are of the hardest and most durable sort,
and a perfect enthusiasm of destruction must have been required to tear
them down and break them.

[Illustration: IONA CROSS.]

The Scottish island, the famous home of S. Columba, has several
note-worthy examples. They are of the so-called runic design, covered for
the most part with very elegant carvings, and form the most interesting
series of relics left to us in that cradle of northern Christianity. None
of them date back so far as the days of the great Abbot, whose name is so
interwoven with the history of Iona, yet they are very ancient and
characteristic. Gathered about Reilig Odhrain, the burial-place of the
isle, they bear eloquent testimony to the sanctity of the spot, to which
kings and chieftains were brought for sepulchre even from far off Norway.
One of these, and perhaps the most familiar, stands on three roughly-hewn
steps overlooking the sea; its ornamentation consisting of a series of
circles. Abbot Mackinnon's Cross is now headless; the shaft is covered
with a scroll beautifully designed of conventional leaves, and bears an
inscription, recording the date of its erection, 1489. S. Martin's Cross
is near the ruined cathedral, and is also carved in graceful scrolls in
which the figures of snakes and other creatures are introduced.

Monasterboice, or the Monastery of Boethius, a bishop who died in 521,
situated in county Louth, has a number of crosses, several of which are in
excellent preservation. The Great Cross, as it is called, stands
twenty-two feet in height, and is on the south side of the church. A
second example, which is also near the church, has been described as
"the most beautiful specimen of Celtic stone-work now in existence," this
is the Cross of Muiredach. It is covered with carvings of scriptural
scenes, and bears on the front the inscription (in Erse), "Pray for
Muiredach, by whom this Cross was made." The venerable builder was Abbot
of Armagh, and died in 923 or 924. Drumcliff, near Sligo, and many other
places in Ireland also possess most interesting crosses.

[Illustration: THE CROWLE STONE.]

A curiously carved shaft in the church of S. Oswald at Crowle, in North
Lincolnshire, has been supposed by many to be the shaft of a very ancient
cross, and if so, must almost certainly be included amongst those raised
as memorials. It is covered on one side with an involved chain pattern
roughly suggesting a snake swallowing its tail, and on the other are some
human and animal figures, the meaning of which has never been
satisfactorily explained. What makes the shaft especially interesting is
the presence of the fragment of a runic inscription. The wall into which
the Crowle stone is built was part of the eleventh century church of the
place, and this ancient memorial to some long-forgotten hero was obviously
taken from some neighbouring spot and converted into a lintel for the west
door by the Norman builders.[3]

Another memorial cross of quite a different type is the Hall Cross of
Doncaster. It was erected by, or in memory of, Oti, or Otho di Tilli,
steward of Conisborough for the Earl of Warren, under Stephen and Henry
II. It would have been destroyed by the troopers of the Earl of Manchester
in the Civil War, but for the action of the mayor, who succeeded in
preserving it; but in 1792 it was taken down on making some alterations in
the level of the road, and another cross of the same character was put up
in the following year on Hall Cross Hill. It consists of a centre circular
column, with four others much smaller placed about it, each of the five
originally terminating in a cross. Its memorial character is preserved by
the old Norman-French inscription, which it still bears, "Icest est la
cruice Ote di Tilli a ki alme Deu en face merci. Amn." It served a more
gruesome purpose in the seventeenth century, being the spot chosen for the
exposition of the heads of decapitated traitors.

Among the simple crosses planted in such profusion over and around
Dartmoor are one or two interesting memorials. Roman's Cross, at Leemoor,
a plain Latin cross nearly six feet in height, standing on a circular
base, is claimed by a local tradition as marking a spot whereon the
Apostle S. Paul once preached. On Fox Tor stood, till about 1812, a cross
raised on a very solid square sub-structure in three tiers, known as
Childe's Tomb. Here, according to the story, Childe, a hunter of ages long
gone by, met his death from cold one stormy winter's night. The whole
memorial was wantonly destroyed by some labourers early in this century,
but it has recently been re-built and surmounted by a new cross. Bra Tor
boasts a modern addition to the Dartmoor Crosses, one having been erected
there in memory of her Majesty's Jubilee, and another, of a style more
lofty and ornate than is characteristic of the locality, has been erected
at Plympton S. Mary in memory of the Rev. Merton Smith, a late vicar, who
perished in the Pyrenees in 1883.

Travelling yet further west, in Cornwall, one ancient cross at least is
found which was intended as a memorial of the now forgotten dead. In the
market place of Penzance, which can hardly, under the circumstances, be
its original site, is a cross some five feet high, on which, at its
removal in 1829, from the centre to the side of the square, were found
near the base the words, "Hic procumbunt corpora piorum."

Thus scattered up and down the land, from far Iona to the Cassiterides, is
found the simple but expressive emblem of the Christian faith, bearing its
silent testimony to the belief and hope of all the ages, that through the
Cross the holy dead all sleep in peace to rise in joy.


Wayside and Boundary Crosses.

We have seen how the cross was erected in the busy market and beneath the
shadow of the great Cathedral, where crowds hurried to and fro, day by
day, for business or devotion. It was not alone in such populous places,
however, that the sign of salvation reared itself to cheer the weary
traveller through life's ways by a message of faith, of hope, of divine
love. In the village street, the lonely trackless moor, the meadow pathway
and the king's high-road, at every turn and in every place in mediæval
England one met the same sacred memorial. Nay, even the hillside itself
has been scored with it, as in the case of Whiteleaf in Buckinghamshire,
where a cross, nearly one hundred feet long by fifty feet broad, was cut
at some unknown but remote period in the chalk hill, by means of a huge
trench over two feet in depth, after the fashion of the more familiar
White Horse in Berkshire.

These numerous examples are not easily classified. If only the full
history of their raising could be known, many doubtless would fall into
classes that have already been considered. Some would prove to be
memorials which have failed to preserve the memory of their founders;
others may have marked spots, round which the villagers gathered to hear
sermons from the travelling friars, to listen to some proclamation issued
by the lord of the manor, or by the king, or to discuss those topics of
local politics or of public interest which might from time to time come
uppermost; others again marked the boundaries of estates, and especially
of Church lands. They were in fact public crosses for no one special
purpose, but for every public requirement of rural life.

In the west of England, in Devon and Cornwall, roadside crosses were, and
even now are, remarkably common. Those of the former county seem to have
generally served one of two purposes, either to mark the boundaries of
lands, or to act as guide posts on the other wise almost trackless
moorlands of Dartmoor and the neighbourhood.

For example, not far from Princetown stands one of the largest of the
Dartmoor Crosses, known as Siward's or Nun's Cross, over seven feet in
height. On the western face of this is carved, in two lines, the word
'Boc-lond,' marking it as a boundary stone of the lands of Buckland Abbey,
although in this case it was adapted to that purpose, not erected
expressly for it, the foundation of the abbey being not so ancient as the
cross. The abbey dates from 1278. Bennet's Cross, again, is one of the
boundaries of Headland Warren, and of the parish of Bovey Tracey; it bears
on its face the letters W. B., standing for "Warren Bounds;" the letters,
but not the boundary line, are modern.

An ancient track across the moor, called the Abbot's Way, which formed the
most direct method of communication between the abbeys of Buckland and
Tavistock on the one side, and that of Buckfast on the other, was marked
out with a series of crosses, many of which yet remain. The fords of the
Avon, on this pathway, were indicated by this means; Huntingdon Cross
still stands at one ford as of old, but Buckland Ford Cross has gone. Some
of these weather-beaten stones have carved on their several faces the
initial letters of the towns towards which those faces turn, as a guide to
the traveller. Sandowl Cross, now a rough stone rising scarcely a yard
from the earth, has cut upon it the letters B., T., R., and M., pointing
to Brent, Totnes, Kingsbridge, and Modbury respectively. Similarly
Hookmoor Cross indicates the direction to be taken to reach Modbury,
Brent, Totnes, and Plymouth.

These Dartmoor Crosses are interesting as ancient landmarks and
boundaries, and as indications of the almost instinctive way in which our
forefathers employed the Cross for every purpose of more than usual
importance; they are moreover not devoid of a certain picturesque effect
from the harmony of their rugged forms with their moorland surroundings.
They are not, however, in the ordinary sense of the word, beautiful. They
are mostly plain Latin crosses, occasionally mounted on one or two steps,
with no attempt at carving or decoration. Nor are they specially
impressive in height or size; Merchant's Cross, near Lynch Hill, is the
largest and stands but eight feet two inches high, and some are much less
than this. Some few of them have an incised cross cut within the head, or
even running the whole length, but those on the Moor proper are of the
simplest kind. On the borders we find a few cut by some slightly more
ambitious hand. At Hele is a Maltese Cross, the section of each of its
limbs being an octagon, and a Latin one of the same section is at Holne.


The roadside crosses which dot the neighbouring county of Cornwall are
similar in this respect, that there are few of them of any great size, but
otherwise the type is quite different. They are mostly shafts terminating
in circular or oval heads, on which is either incised, or cut in relief a
cross or crucifix; in very few instances is the stone itself cruciform. A
great number of the Cornish crosses stood near an ancient cell or chapel,
serving much the same purpose as a churchyard cross, others marked the
pathways which led to these rude and now forgotten shrines. Formed of the
hard granite of the district, the simple, and sometimes almost grotesque,
carvings of these monuments, have been generally well preserved; and
seeing that in recent years an increasing amount of interest is shewn
towards them, there is every reason to hope that the days of careless
neglect or wanton destruction are over. Many crosses have recently been
reclaimed from degrading uses, as field gate-posts and the like, and
placed in more seemly situations. A singular cross unearthed at West
Kirby, near the Dee in Cheshire, bears a closer resemblance to the
characteristic crosses of Cornwall, than to those found elsewhere in
England. The fragments of the shaft, for it is in several pieces, are
covered with ingenious interlacing scrolls, and the head has a bold Latin
cross within a circle cut upon it.

Many other examples of wayside crosses are scattered up and down the
country, in a greater or less condition of preservation, some of them
being still tall and graceful structures. At Aylburton in Gloucestershire,
is the lower portion of a very substantial column, said by competent
authorities to form part of a fourteenth century cross probably designed
by some foreign artist. At Bromboro, in Cheshire, are the remains of a
cross, well illustrating the meaningless fashion in which some of our
ancient buildings are restored. It was at one time a tall cross of simple
design, standing at the top of a flight of nine steps; but the upper
member, the actual cruciform head, having been destroyed, a senseless
stone ball has been put in its place, and sundials affixed to the shaft.
At Burythorpe, in East Yorkshire, the head of what must once have been a
beautiful cross is preserved in the garden of a private house. It is
foliated, and of a singularly graceful pattern, but whether originally a
wayside, or a churchyard cross, it is impossible to say with any degree of
certainty. The East Riding has been specially unfortunate in the matter of
wayside crosses, of the many examples which it once could boast little has
been left but a number of stone sockets, so mutilated for the most part
that local tradition has forgotten their origin and purpose, describing
them as stone chairs, stone coffin heads, old fonts, and so forth.

[Illustration: BURYTHORPE CROSS.]

Several villages are happy in having preserved intact very beautiful
examples of the wayside cross, or scarcely less so in having found careful
and reverent restorers of them when in ruins. Gloucestershire has some
good specimens, as at Hempsted and at Clearwell. The former is a very
slender shaft surmounted by a cross of four equal arms within a circle;
the whole, save that the cross is of the Latin and not the Maltese type,
looking very like the cross-headed staff which formed the badge of a Grand
Master of the Templars. The Clearwell Cross, of the fourteenth century,
has the usual features of steps, square base or pedestal, and slender
shaft, but the elegant cross at the head is of bolder proportions than is
found in the majority of cases. A very similar erection is the White
Friars' Cross at Hereford, which can perhaps claim to be considered a
memorial cross, in that it was built by Bishop Charlton, or Cherleton
(1361-1370) at the time of an outbreak of the plague in the city. It is an
excellent example, with a base heraldically decorated and finished at the
top with battlements. The head has been restored. Another fine cross of
about the same date is at Headington in Oxfordshire; it is crowned with a
tabernacle, which is modern and not a good imitation of ancient work of
the kind. But one of the most imposing of our wayside crosses stands at
Stallbridge, Dorsetshire. It consists of three octagonal steps on which a
broad low pedestal is placed, from the centre of which rises a shaft with
narrow buttresses, surmounted by tabernacle work. The column is adorned
with niches containing statues of the Blessed Virgin Mary, St. John, and
other saints, and the tabernacle is completed with a tapering spire ending
in a small cross. The whole structure is thirty feet high.

A special class of wayside crosses has been provided by the ancient custom
of placing this holy sign beside wells and springs. From ancient times an
idea of special sanctity attached itself to springs of bright clear water.
It was so in the days of classic Rome, and the Derbyshire custom of
well-dressing proves its existence in the past amongst ourselves. All over
the country we find such springs with a tradition of being "holy wells,"
and their frequent dedication in the names of saints illustrates the same
fact. Canons of the church enacted in 960, ordered that no well should be
venerated except with the permission of the bishop of the diocese; but so
strong was the popular superstition, that similar enactments were called
for in 1018, and again in 1102. It was no doubt out of regard for this
popular estimation of wells, that in 950 they were declared to be
sanctuaries, whither the hunted fugitive from justice might flee and be
safe. The special fame of the wells of S. Keyne and of S. Winifred is
widely known.

Such being the case it was a natural thing to erect upon this holy ground
the sign of our salvation, a practice which the reader will no doubt
remember is referred to by Sir Walter Scott in his _Marmion_:--

  "Where shall she turn? behold her mark
      A little fountain cell,
  Where water, clear as diamond-spark,
      In a stone basin fell,
  Above some half-worn letters say,

  'Drink, weary pilgrim drink, and pray
  for the kind soul of Sybil Grey,
      Who built this cross and well.'"

Just such a rustic roadside erection as that to which Clare thus turned
for water to slake the thirst of the dying Marmion, exists at the village
of Bumpking Leys, in Shropshire. A plain oblong trough of stone surrounds
the well, and beside it is a small Latin Cross, with an inscription, now
indecipherable save for the sacred initials I.H.S.

We have already noticed that a well-cross is the only one left of a number
of crosses once existing in the city of Lincoln. It stands near the old
church of S. Mary-le-Wigford, and consists of a square building, like a
wayside chapel, the gable of which once bore the cross. It is said to be
the finest well-cross in the country, and dates from the fourteenth
century. The heavy base of a cross in Bisley Churchyard, in
Gloucestershire, which is now simply a truncated spire, has been supposed
to cover a well, which has now, however, dried up or taken some other
course. And again in the same county at Hempsted, whose wayside cross was
noticed above, another conduit resembling the one at Lincoln is found.
This building, known as Our Lady's Well, has the bases of two crosses on
its gables, and niches for statutes beneath them. In the present century
the well was closely built up. The neighbourhood of London at one time had
several well-crosses. The original Cross at Tottenham, of which the
present one is but a modern imitation, was not improbably of such a
character; and S. Chad's Well, S. Bride's Well, and the Clerk's Well (Fons
Clericorum), which have given their names to the respective districts of
Shadwell, Bridewell, and Clerkenwell, doubtless had their crosses
likewise. Near Madron, in Cornwall, is a well-chapel covering the Madron
Well. This, though only twenty-five feet by sixteen feet, was complete
with stone benches, raised sacrarium, and altar, but was almost destroyed
by Major Ceely in the Civil War. Helstone also has a holy well, and a
third is near Grade Church, all in the same county, where in each case the
well-cross has developed into a way-side chapel.

Henley has a cross which deserves mention on account of the subject carved
in the tabernacled head. A crucifix fills the niche from side to side,
while behind it, and with hands upraised in benediction over it, is a
crowned and bearded figure representing the Divine Father. The Dove, the
usual emblem of the Holy Spirit, does not seem to have been inserted.
This is a type of carving of which few instances have been left to us in
England, but one which was common in mediæval English art, whether the
artist wrought in stone or in glass.

Many of these wayside crosses, besides the well crosses, had granted to
them, or acquired by popular custom, the rights of sanctuary; and
doubtless in early days, when the arm of the law was not long enough or
strong enough to reach through all the length and breadth of the land, and
when the king himself amongst his barons, was scarcely more than _primus
inter pares_, the foremost of his peers, it must have been a wise and
merciful policy, which multiplied these "cities of refuge," where safety
was guaranteed to the accused until his case was fairly investigated.

Others of these crosses appealed to the devotion of certain classes of the
people, like one which stood at King's Weston, on the Severn, which was
emphatically the sailor's cross. Here the mariner, after a successful
voyage, or perhaps after an almost unlooked-for escape from the perils of
the deep, paid his vows and offered his grateful thanksgiving.

Various civic functions, also, took place around the high crosses of the
towns, or those of a similar character in the villages. The good folk of
Folkestone were summoned by the blast of a horn to assemble at the
churchyard cross before proceeding to elect their mayor; and at Aston
Rogers and elsewhere, the court of the lord of the manor met at the cross.

The parish cross was, in a word, in bygone days the centre of the
parochial life, and speaks most convincingly of the extent to which
religion entered into the lives of the people. In times when the people's
holidays were begun by attendance at the Eucharist, when trade gilds had
their special altars in the parish church, when every public function
naturally included the offering of the great act of Christian worship, it
was simply a part of a consistent national life that the cross should
dominate the market, should offer its welcome form at each turn of the
high-road, should mark the boundaries of property, and crown the hillside
and the cooling spring, as well as stand where the dead lay, sown as seed
for the Great Harvest, or gleam from the lighted altar, or tower above the
worshippers from the rood-loft.

In the destruction of these holy emblems all England has not suffered
equally. The west has been most fortunate; Cornwall, Devon, Somersetshire,
and Gloucestershire, being especially rich in the number and excellence of
the examples still preserved in a more or less perfect condition. The
eastern counties have met with the hardest usage, Lincolnshire and the
neighbouring shires having been swept almost bare of them.

Thus briefly we have reviewed the uses of the sacred symbol of the Cross
in Christendom and especially in England. The field is one of well-nigh
infinite extent, and there are portions that we have barely touched. The
heraldic employment of the sign might fill a book full of interest, and
even of romance, and every foreign land has examples worthy of record, and
a history diversely woven like our own, of devotion and iconoclasm, which
has its word to say both to our art and our religion. A fascinating
portion of the story of the cross, which lies somewhat beyond our scope,
is the legendary lore that has sprung up about it; how the wood for the
true cross was matured for its high purpose, and how there was a mystic
meaning in the several kinds of wood employed; how the cross-bill twisted
her beak in the vain endeavour to drag the nails from her Creator's hands,
and the robin splashed his fluttering breast with the Redeemer's blood, in
a similar fruitless attempt; how the patient ass was signed with the holy
sign in memory of the sacred burden that he bore on the first Palm Sunday;
and a score of other legends, often full of pathos and of graceful fancy.

It is pleasant to picture those times, further off from ours even in
feeling than in years, in which such fancies were woven. The smoke of
factory and mine had not then blasted or blackened the foliage of half the
land, nor green pastures nor rustling woods been swallowed up by an ever
advancing tide of bricks. The world moved slowly then, and commerce and
trade were in their infancy; yet the world was beautiful. The stately
minster and the lordly abbey, the rustic church and the humble cell stood
in stately grandeur or in simple grace amid the fields and farmsteads of
the people. In every market place the tapering cross, then perchance fresh
and white from the carver's hands, saw the folk gather at its feet to chat
and chaffer, as beneath the shelter of a friend: and every highway and
byeway was marked at intervals, like the great pathway of man's life, with
crosses that are at once emblems of suffering and of salvation. In
infinite variety of form, yet always elevating in purity of outline,
gracefulness of adornment, and perhaps in richness of colour, these
crosses taught, unconsciously to the learners, the love of the beautiful
and the good.

The wonderful growth of British commercial enterprise, closely allied as
it is, with the building up of our colonial empire and the establishment
of our place in the family of nations, is not a fact that any Englishman
can regret. But when one marks the sordid spirit, the selfish grasping for
wealth, the apotheosis of mere material prosperity, which too often
accompany it, he may well feel that the constant presence of a symbol
which speaks of other and higher aims, is not less, but more needed now,
than it was of old.

From the point of view of the mental elevation of the people, also, the
loss of so many treasures of art cannot be too deeply regretted, nor their
rebuilding, if rebuilt in the old spirit, too greatly desired. We are but
just awakening to the realization of the fact that Art is not an amusement
for the rich, but an educating, elevating, spiritualizing power for all.
We may rejoice in the wealth of our manufacturing cities, in the vast
output of our foundries and our coalpits; but a factory, too hideous in
its blank, bald, monotony of bareness for use as a prison amongst men with
eyes and hearts, does not compensate for the loss of an abbey, whose every
arch, and gable, and "storied window," raises the soul to thoughts of the
pure and the true; nor can a foundry chimney, even though its veil of
poisonous smoke represent a fortune working out beneath, be accepted in
exchange for the graceful, tapering cross, the very sight of which, in its
calm still beauty, would cheer the dweller in our modern towns like the
glimpse of an oasis in a desert.

In our schools of all grades some elementary instruction in art forms is
now considered a necessity, and something is being done for "children of a
larger growth" by opening to them, at times when the masses can use them,
the treasures of our museums and picture galleries; how largely would
these attempts at popular instruction have been aided if the people had
ever before their eyes the graceful forms that ignorance, carelessness,
and bigotry have combined to rob us of! And what an influence might not
the continued presence of such examples among us have had upon the
building of our towns.

It is at least significant that in the days when these types of art were
common in the land, even domestic architecture showed a certain
harmoniousness of outline; the gabled roof, the timbered front, the
quaintly designed chimney, formed a setting not unbecoming the jewel in
our mediæval market-places, and our village streets. It is only since so
many different instances of our forefathers' taste and skill, fair copies
each and all for their successors, have been taken from us, that we have
learnt to build our towns in a horrid monotony of dullness.

Ruskin, in words of biting force, has defined a town of to-day as "the
modern aggregate of bad building, and ill-living held in check by
constables, which we call a town, of which the widest streets are devoted
by consent to the encouragement of vice, and the narrow ones to the
concealment of misery." May we not hope that the wish now so obvious among
us to rebuilt so far as may be, those glorious piles which are instinct
with "the beauty of holiness," is a proof that we are beginning to realize
both the squalor and the sin of this condition of things? So far we have
seen, it may be, but the little cloud no larger than a man's hand; may it
be indeed the earnest of that refreshing rain for which the land has
panted, a reviving influence which shall make English art once more the
expression of a sincere and devoted faith.



In our rapid review of the various uses to which the sacred figure of the
cross has been put, we have been considering the most widely-spread
illustration of a tendency of the human mind, namely, the universal love
of emblems. This trait in man's character, a strange one, perhaps, but a
very powerful one, has been forgotten or ignored by the iconoclast and the
Puritan, and it is owing to this characteristic that they have never been
able to obtain more than a transient victory.

Scarce anything which moves the heart of man, rouses his enthusiasm, or
binds him more closely to his fellows, but he has commonly represented it
by a symbol.

Amongst the earliest of such influences was the family or tribal bond
carrying us back to days of patriarchal simplicity. In the last blessing
bestowed by Jacob upon his sons, we find the earliest allusion to the
_family emblem_, in the lion of Judah, the serpent of Dan, the hind of
Naphtali, Joseph's "fruitful bough," and the other symbols of the twelve
ancestors of the chosen race. A striking parallel to this catalogue, in
the _totems_ of the North American Indians, will occur to almost everyone.
But, indeed, the custom of selecting some natural object to denote the
idea of the family was well-nigh universal. The inhabitants of the East
Indies are as familiar with the spirit of totemism as their brethren of
the west. In Africa, the Hottentot, the Bechuana, and others distinguish
their tribes by the figure of some animal; in far off China the flowers
serve the same purpose, and in Australia the same practice obtains under
the name of _Kobong_. Not to multiply examples, we may refer only to the
ancient Greek tribes as affording another instance, and suggest the
parallel supplied by the crests used in mediæval and modern heraldry.

The adoption of national symbols was but the inevitable extension of these
practices, consequent on the nation, and not the tribe, coming to be
recognized as the political unit; and thus we get the Roman Eagle, the
White Horse of the Saxons, the Black Raven of the Danes, and the countless
national emblems of more modern times.

A closer analogy to the use of the cross meets us when we recall how, in
all ages, the gods have been suggested to their worshippers by signs and
symbols. The thunderbolts of Jove, the lyre of Apollo, the caduceus of
Mercury, the hammer of Thor, are all obvious examples.

It may be true that many of these took their rise at a time when letters
were almost unknown save to the learned few, and thus the emblem appealed
to those to whom written words were meaningless. Yet as learning spreads
to the masses of the people, the popularity of significant tokens does not
decrease, but man gives a natural welcome to that which, by a few strokes
or a simple outline, sums up for him the expression of a great truth.

And what figure is so expressive of the Christian faith as the hallowed
symbol of the Cross? To the ignorant as clearly as the learned it tells of
the sufferings which purchased our redemption, of the life of sorrow and
death of agony voluntarily undergone by the God-Man. In the light of that
Redeemer's own teaching, it speaks of the life of self-abnegation, the
daily cross-bearing, to which His followers are pledged; and to the
faithful it foretells also that flashing of the "Sign of the Son of Man"
across the heavens which shall announce the end of earthly time. The
Christians' faith, the Christians' life, the Christians' hope, all are
summed up and symbolized in that one most sacred sign--the Holy Cross.



  Abbot's Way, Dartmoor, 107

  Abingdon, 72

  Absolution, Cross of, 40

  Aix-la-Chapelle, Cross at, 23

  Alpine Crosses, 88

  Altar Cross, 45;
    Genevan opposition to, 46

  Ampney Crucis, 57

  Angelico, Fra, 26

  Archbishop's Cross, 36

  Argyle, Duke of, Executed, 70

  Arms of Commonwealth, 13

  Arms of Modern States, with Cross, 12

  Aston Rogers, 115

  Athanasius, S., quoted, 30

  Augustine, S., quoted, 32

  Aylburton Cross, 110

  Badges, Cruciform, of Orders of Merit, 12

  Baptismal Cross, 33

  Benedict Biscop, S., 20

  Bennet's Cross, Dartmoor, 107

  Bisley, 114

  Bitterley Cross, 57

  Books, burning of, 82

  Boundary Crosses, 107

  Boxley, Rood of Grace at, 50

  Bristol Cross, 70

  Broadwood Widger, 62

  Bromboro, 110

  Buckland Abbey, 107

  Burythorpe, 110

  Catacombs, Cross in, 4;
    Crucifix in, 20

  Catechumens signed, 32

  Charing Cross, 92

  Chasubles, marked with Cross, 55

  Cheapside Cross, 92

  Chester, High Cross, 72;
    Roodee, 51

  Chichester, 75

  Childe's Tomb, 104

  Chipping Campden, 76

  Chosroes captures True Cross, 8

  Chrysostom, S., quoted, 29

  Churches surmounted with crosses, 6

  Churchyard Crosses, 56;
    Restoration of, 61

  Cicero on Crucifixion, 3

  Clearwell Cross, 111

  Clement of Alexandria on Symbols of Christ, 15

  Coins stamped with Cross, 6, 13

  Commonwealth, Arms of, 13

  Confirmation Cross, 33

  Consecration Crosses, 40

  Constantine, Conversion of, 5;
    Use of Cross by, 6

  Constantinople, Council of, 21

  Costock, Cross at, 40

  Cornish Crosses, 57, 105, 107, 109, 114

  Council in Trullo, 20;
    of Constantinople, 21

  Coventry, 72, 75

  Cricklade Crosses, 57

  Creeping to the Cross, 41;
    at Dunbar, 42

  Crosses in Catacombs, 4

  Cross-form universal, 2

  Crowle Stone, 103;
    Churchyard Cross at, 61

  Crucifixes, Early examples of, 22

  Cruciform Churches, 44

  Crusades, 8

  Cuthbert's, S., Cross, 39

  Cyril, S., of Jerusalem, quoted, 29

  Dagmar, Queen of Denmark, 24

  Dartmoor Crosses, 104, 107

  Dedications to S. Cross, 43

  Destruction of Roods, 51

  Development of Crucifix, 14

  Dindar Cross, 61

  Disley, 85

  Doncaster Crosses, 75;
    Hall Cross, 103

  Drumcliff, 103

  Early Crosses, 3, 4;
    Crucifixes, 22;
    Symbols of Christ, 15

  East Brent, 61

  East Riding Crosses, 110

  Edinburgh Market Cross, 65

  Eleanor Crosses, 88

  Emblems, Popular use of, 120

  Ensigns charged with Cross, 12

  Ephrem, S., quoted, 29, 30

  Eucharist, Cross in, 31

  Exaltation of Cross, 43

  Eyam Cross, 58

  Fathers, The, on Sign of Cross, 5

  Feast of Exaltation of Cross, 43;
    of Invention of Cross, 42

  Folkestone, 115

  Font at Ilam, 23;
    at Tissington, 23

  Funerals, Cross used at, 41

  Fylfot, 16;
    on bells, 56

  Geddington Cross, 92

  Gladstone, W. E., restores Edinburgh Cross, 69

  Glastonbury Cross, 71

  Gloucester, 71

  Graffito Blasfemo, 4

  Harburton, 61

  Headington, 112

  Heathen deities symbolized by Cross, 1, 2

  Helena, S.--see True Cross.

  Hempsted, 111, 114

  Henley, 114

  Heraclius restores True Cross, 8

  Heraldic Crosses, 11

  Hereford, preaching Cross, 86;
    White Friars' Cross, 112

  Hickleton, 62

  Howard, John, at Eyam, 58

  Holy Cross Day, 43

  Holy Face of Lucca, 22

  Holy Rood as Dedication, 43

  Holy Wells, 112

  Hospitallers, Knights, 12

  Ilam, Font at, 23

  Imitatio Christi, Authorship of, 55

  Iron Acton, 85

  Iron Crown of Lombardy, 11

  Iona, 100

  Italian Art, 25

  Jeffreys, Judge, 96

  Jerome, S., quoted, 29

  John, S., Knights of, 12

  Justin Martyr, S., quoted, 2

  Justinian places Crosses on Churches, 6

  King's Weston, 115

  Knights, of S. John, of Malta, Teutonic, 12

  Knox, John, burnt in effigy, 70

  Labarum, The, 5

  Lamb with Cross, 16

  Lanteglos, 57

  Leeds Parish Church, Cross in, 88

  Legends of the Cross, 116

  Leighton Buzzard, 76

  Leo the Isaurian, 21

  Lincoln Crosses, 75;
    Well-Cross, 113

  London Well-Crosses, 114

  Lothario, Cross of, 23

  Lucca, Holy Face of, 22

  Mackinnon's Cross, Abbot, 100

  Malmesbury, 76

  Malta, Knights of, 12

  Martin's Cross, S., Iona, 100

  Marriages at a Public Cross, 75

  Market Crosses, 65

  Mayence Cross, 34

  Meaning of Signing with Cross, 30

  Mercat Croce, Edinburgh, 65

  Merchant's Cross, Dartmoor, 108

  Mode of Signing with Cross, 30

  Mohammedan Rule in Jerusalem, 9

  Monasterboice, 100

  Monmouth's Rebellion, 96

  Montgomery, Jas., 96

  Myrroure of our Lady, 30

  Nails of the True Cross, 10

  Nevern Cross, 58

  Neville's Cross, 88

  Newark, 96

  Northampton, 91

  North Petherton, 61

  Norwich, 85

  Nun's Cross, Dartmoor, 107

  Ordination, Cross in, 32

  Oswald's Cross, S., 87

  Palm Cross, 62

  Papal Cross, 39

  Patriarchal Cross, 38

  Paul's Cross, S., 76;
    famous sermons at, 80;
    Jane Shore at, 81

  Pawnbroking by a bishop, 85

  Pectoral Cross, 39

  Penzance, 105

  Plymouth, 96

  Preaching Crosses, 76

  Pre-Christian Cross, 1

  Processional Cross, 16, 34

  Ravenna, Tomb at, 20

  Restoration of Roods, 54;
    of Churchyard Crosses, 61;
    of Archbishop's Cross, 38

  Right of Sanctuary, 115

  Rivalry of Canterbury and York, 36

  Romsey Abbey, 61

  Roods, 47;
    famous examples, 50;
    Destruction of, 51;
    Rood of Grace, Boxley, 50

  Rood-lofts, 48;
    use of, 49;
    destroyed, 53;
    restored, 54

  Roodee, Chester, 51

  Rouen, screen at, 54

  Ruskin, quoted, 119

  S. Ives, Cornwall, 57

  Salisbury, 76

  Sanctuary, Right of, 115

  Sandbach, 96

  Santa Croce, Rome, 11

  Scott, Sir W. and Edinburgh Cross, 68, 69;
    quoted, 113

  Sermons, famous, at S. Paul's Cross, 80

  Shepton Mallet, 76

  Shore, Jane, at S. Paul's Cross, 81

  Sign of Cross, 4, 28;
    How made, 30;
    Meaning of, 30

  Silvestro, S., at Rome, 25

  Siward's Cross, Dartmoor, 107

  Somersby Cross, 57

  Spanish Crosses, 88

  Spire Crosses, 56

  Stallbridge, 112

  Station Cross at Mayence, 34

  Symbolism, 120

  Tatterstall, screen at, 49

  Tau Cross, 1, 28

  Templars, Knights, 12

  Tertullian, quoted, 5, 30

  Teutonic Knights, 12

  Tissington, font at, 23

  Title of Cross at Santa Croce, 11

  Tomb at Wirksworth, 19;
    at Ravenna, 20

  Totems, 120

  Tottenham Cross, 114

  Towton, Battle of, 96

  Triple Cross, 39

  True Cross, discovery of by S. Helena, 6;
    captured by Chosroes, 8;
    fragments of, 10;
    restored by Heraclius, 8;
    Nails, 10;
    finally lost, 10

  Trullo, Council in, 20

  Types of Cross, 28

  Universality of Cross-form, 2

  Vatican Cross, 19

  Veneration of Wells, 112

  Waltham Cross, 95

  Wedmore, 96

  Weeping Cross, 62

  Well-crosses, 112

  West Kirby, 110

  Wheatly on Sign of Cross, 33

  Whiteleaf Cross, 106

  Winchester, 76

  Wirksworth, Tomb at, 19

  Xeropotami, Crucifix at, 21

  Y Cross, 25



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[2] Engraved, as are several other examples referred to, in Mrs. Jameson's
"History of our Lord, as exemplified in works of Art," vol. 2.

[3] See "Bygone Lincolnshire," edited by William Andrews, F.R.H.S., Hull,




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Biblical and Shakespearian Characters Compared.

Studies of Life and Literature.


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and Macbeth--Jonathan and Horatio--David and Henry V.--Epilogue.

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Political Martyr--The Murderer's Bride--The Earldom of Wiltes--Blackfaced
Clifford--The Shepherd Lord--The Felons of Ilkley--The Ingilby Boar's
Head--The Eland Tragedy--The Plumpton Marriage--The Topcliffe
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Virgin's Head of Halifax--The Dead Arm of St. Oswald the King--The
Translation of St. Hilda--A Miracle of St. John--The Beatified
Sisters--The Dragon of Wantley--The Miracles and Ghost of Watton--The
Murdered Hermit of Eskdale--The Calverley Ghost--The Bewitched House of


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reader."--_Beverley Recorder._

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production of this and other interesting volumes he has issued. We cannot
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being faultless."--_Driffield Observer._


If anyone wishes to become a Barrister, he should read--to use the words
of the _London Globe_--"a pleasant little volume," entitled



This book opens with a chapter on the history of the Temple. Next follows
an account of the Knight Templars. The story of the Devil's Own is given
in a graphic manner. A Sketch of Christmas in the Temple is included. In
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manner of keeping terms is described, and lastly, the work concludes with
a chapter on call parties.


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Times_ the contents are said to be "amusing and interesting sketches."
Said the _Gentlewoman_ it consists of "Pleasant gossip about the
barristers' quarter."

  William Andrews & Co., Publishers,
  5, Farringdon Avenue, London, E.C.

The Press on Messrs. William Andrews & Co.'s Printing and Binding.

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"A remarkably handsome volume, typographically equal to the best
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"The book is handsomely brought out."--_Scotsman._

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"Very pretty binding."--_Publishers' Circular._

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"The printer's part is perfectly done."--_India._

"The book is handsomely got up."--_Manchester Guardian._

"The book is excellently printed and bound."--_Library Review._

"Handsomely printed."--_Newcastle Chronicle._

A notice of "Bygone Scotland" concludes as follows:--"The book forms a
splendid addition to the works of the same series all printed at the 'Hull
Press,' and, like all its predecessors, is printed in the exceptionally
beautiful style which marks the productions of Mr. Andrews' establishment.
Mr. Andrews is a bookmaker _par excellence_."--_Printing World._


Transcriber's Notes:

Passages in italics are indicated by _italics_.

Graphic characters are represented by =X=.

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