Tring Tiles: more book research (Middle Ages)

There’s a bit of mystery about how these tiles ended up in a curiosity shop in Tring, U.K.
 After all, they date from about 1330!

They portray a series of scenes from — supposedly — the life of Jesus, but they aren’t just the same old New Testament tales. They are a medieval take on biblical stories and are particularly interesting because they portray the everyday life of the 14th century England rather than the Palestine over a thousand years earlier. They can be seen in the British Museum in London.

The above tile supposedly shows Jesus playing by the river making pools. When a bully destroys one, he falls dead, only to be resurrected by the young Jesus, apparently achieving this miracle by giving him a kick, after being admonished by his mother. (Or touching him lightly with his foot. Take your pick.) The first English comic strip?


Tring Tiles: more book research (Middle Ages) — 2 Comments

  1. How odd. I used to have some old coloured tiles, just 2 of them. One I am pretty sure showed Sir Francis Drake still bowling with the Armada in the background out at sea. Never knew what the other was.

  2. Hey, they might have been worth a mint… 🙂

    These were believed to have been part of a building around Tring, possibly a monastery that was there once and which were scattered when that building was demolished.

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