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MISERICORDIA, mercy. An arbitrary or discretionary amercement.
     2. To be in mercy, is to be liable to such punishment as the judge may in his discretion inflict. According to Spelman, misericordia is so called, because the party is in mercy, and to distinguish this fine from redemptions, or heavy fines. Spelm. GI. ad voc.; see Co. Litt. 126 b, and Madox's Excheq. c. 14. See Judgment of Misericordia.

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This scene is carved on a misericord at the Church of St.
with so much sweetness and love he awaited that soul that had left the body, with the eye of misericord turned toward him, when he came to enter the side, bathed in his [Niccolo's] blood, which was worth the blood of the Son of God!
Obliged to stand for several hours, the misericord provided them with a little wooden ledge on which to lean, and yet to remain upright.
Hardwick, Paul, English Medieval Misericords: The Margins of Meaning (Boydell Studies in Medieval Art and Architecture), Woodbridge and Rochester, Boydell, 2011; hardback; pp.
15th For visitors of all ages there are so many treasures to enjoy including the original underground Anglo-Saxon crypt of St Wilfrid; a Saxon bishop's throne dating from the 7th Century; a 2,000-year-old intact Roman tombstone; a fine Dark Age cross; the famous 'Dance of Death' 15th century panel paintings; carved misericords; beautiful Victorian stained glass; the Medieval Night Stair that was used by the Augustinian monks and is the only remaining night stair still in daily use.
There are also further links to Halesowen Abbey for the remarkable misericords that are a feature of the choir house are believed to have been rescued from the abbey, whose abbot was the patron of Walsall church, at the time of the Dissolution.
The two misericords - ornately carved wooden seats - were snatched a year ago.
The presence of seals, coins, pilgrimage badges, and misericords is a useful reminder of how rarely these items are discussed and how frequently they are skated over in general survey courses or in specialized research.
Two-thirds of the stalls in which those priests sat (with carved, load-bearing misericords beneath) still survive today, one set painted with the figures of prophets, one set with apostles.
"The baroque facades and soaring spires of cathedrals, the carmines and cobalts of stained-glass windows with the sun streaming through them, devotional processions and carnival parades, gargoyles, misericords, miraculous relics--all attested that there was an intangible reality beyond the physical one, a reality that could at most be suggestively delineated in extraordinary sights."
2008) five-volume editions of misericords has made available a large body of marginal iconography.