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Medieval hagoday or sanctuary knocker at Holy Trinity church, Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire.

Hagoday’s often took the form of a human, animal or fabulous beast head, with a large knocker or ‘closing ring’ held in the mouth. In medieval times, anyone touching the rings (usually those fleeing from justice or persecution) could claim the right of sanctuary. The right of sanctuary was based on the inviolability attached to things sacred.

The earliest mention of sanctuary in England was in a code of laws promulgated by King Ethelbert in 600. In Norman times there were two kinds of sanctuary in England, one belonging to every church by prescription and the other by special royal character.

A fugitive convicted of felony and taking the benefit of sanctuary was afforded protection from thirty to forty days, after which, subject to certain severe conditions, he had to "abjure the realm", that is leave the kingdom within a specified time and take an oath not to return without the king's leave. Violation of the protection of sanctuary was punishable by excommunication.

The ecclesiastical right of sanctuary ceased in England at the Reformation. The most famous sanctuary knocker in England is at Durham cathedral.

Thanks for the great response to 'Devil's Door' Grin

Best wishes,
Philip

Brand:Panasonic
Camera:Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ45
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Date Taken:21 May 2013 - 3:00 PM
Focal Length:4.5mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/2.8
Aperture:f/2.8
Shutter Speed:1/4sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:1250
Exposure Mode:Program AE
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
Flash:Off, Did not fire
White Balance:Auto

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Hermanus
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24 Aug 2013 - 8:00 AM

Excellent history lesson with interesting info - and the image is stunning Philip ! Lovely texture and earthy colours here !

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ColleenA
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24 Aug 2013 - 8:00 AM

What an amazing door knocker, and good narrative to match. love all the textures on the door...a great capture

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24 Aug 2013 - 8:16 AM

Th right of Sanctuary has played an important part in the recent TV series "The White Queen". This detailed account of its significance is therefore particularly timely. The vote, though, is for the image itself.

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24 Aug 2013 - 8:20 AM

Beautifully precise, balanced composition. You see these details so well, the picture in the bigger scene.
Moira

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woolybill1
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24 Aug 2013 - 8:28 AM

Perfectly composed to bring out the location of the main subject, and a very tactile image to boot.
I can't help wondering whether the smith was allowed a certain artistic freedom with his creation, just as medieval masons were sometimes given their head with the final decoration of an ecclesiastical building, thus giving rise to anything from carved bunches of grapes to peasants apparently mooning at the bishop. Replace the ring with fingers literally pulling the face and you have a real 'yah boo sucks to you' expression.
Fascinating: thank you.
Bill

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nonur
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24 Aug 2013 - 9:23 AM

Nicely framed, great texture, colour and shine.

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jdinne
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24 Aug 2013 - 10:34 AM

Very interesting Philip greatly composed. Great intro.

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24 Aug 2013 - 11:02 AM

Nice pic and great history lesson, enjoyed it coz im a bit of a history buff

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Nikonuser1
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24 Aug 2013 - 11:55 AM

Great image withh a great write upSmile


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CaroleS
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24 Aug 2013 - 11:57 AM

Lovely detail - I wonder how big that key was?Smile

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24 Aug 2013 - 12:25 PM

Fascinating info and a well captured image.

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24 Aug 2013 - 1:37 PM

how interesting... great image

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ChristineD
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24 Aug 2013 - 6:02 PM

Excellent image and interesting info

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pamelajean
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24 Aug 2013 - 7:30 PM

Good textures, and I like the way your frame includes the important door furniture of the time. I have learnt something today, because I didn't know they were called hagodays.

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24 Aug 2013 - 10:56 PM

A great find Philip and interesting write up..Lin

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24 Aug 2013 - 11:39 PM

Interesting writing up.. nice shot..Smile

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Potra
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25 Aug 2013 - 1:57 AM

Outstanding shot. Great light and textures.
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25 Aug 2013 - 11:38 AM

nicely composed with good detail. fascinating story.

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25 Aug 2013 - 12:00 PM

Beautiful shot and interesting info Philip.
Rende

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28 Aug 2013 - 1:48 AM

A very interesting image!
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2 Oct 2013 - 1:01 AM

Lovely texture and colour in this shot

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