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St Michael and All Angels, Sowton and St Mary the Virgin, Ottery St Mary

the central scene, flanked by two further scenes from the Life of Christ. Below small scenes depict Old Testament types of baptism and a New Testament baptism scene. The relevant quotation from the litany underlines the high-church emphasis on this sacrament: ‘By thy Baptism Good Lord deliver us.’ The west window, placed directly above the door, depicts three archangels with text referring to the Last Judgment. The quotations

in Stained Glass and the Victorian Gothic Revival
Clive Barker and the spectre of realism

Galilee , Rukenau's castle in Sacrament , the mural world in Coldheart Canyon – is limited, controlled, localised, stinted . Barker's better novels are those in which it is possible to go for long stretches forgetting that one is in fact reading a non-realist work. His very best writing is that which tends towards a gentle magic realism. The full-blown secondary-world schemas

in Clive Barker

. For example, the Tractarian emphasis on the spiritual authority of the priest, and the sacraments he performed, was physically expressed through large chancels and ornate baptisteries. The correct chancel, as recommended by the CCS, should be large (about one third of the length of the nave), separated from the nave by a step on the floor and a chancel arch above, and it should be decorated with a richness (in stained glass

in Stained Glass and the Victorian Gothic Revival

baptistery, and the two small scenes in the tracery depict the Anointing of David by Samuel and the Baptism of Christ: two typological references to the sacrament of baptism. The Anointing of David is a rare subject in Early Victorian stained glass and this points towards the intervention by the patron. 40 Other windows at Langford Budville, also commissioned by a Sotheby, consist of medallions containing symbols of the Crucifixion

in Stained Glass and the Victorian Gothic Revival
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Monsters ( 1998 ), 17 a drama based on Frankenstein ( 1931 ) director James Whale – within and beyond the field of horror cinema. Barker spent the remainder of the 1990s writing three very different and timely novels, with an evident biographical influence. In the personal and moving Sacrament ( 1996 ), he withdraws from the more mythological elements of earlier works to

in Clive Barker
Two tales of 1861–2

’s In Memoriam had tunefully expressed many anxieties concerning the orthodox reassurance offered to the bereaved. In 1861 John William Colenso’s Commentary on the Epistle to the Romans inaugurated two decades of bitter dispute within the Church of England, by challenging the theology of sacraments, of sin and punishment, and – ultimately – by applying a highly

in Dissolute characters

Iroquois transform into werewolves because they are ‘renegades’ or First Nations peoples who have ‘accepted the sacrament only in mockery’ (817). This could display the ignorance of the fur-trappers regarding the Midwinter Ceremony where all nations in the Iroquois Confederacy gather for six to eight days of ceremonies and festivities – the final event being ‘sacred dancing and a

in She-wolf
Suicide and the self in the fin-de-siècle Gothic

he stood face to face there with a presence, that was neither man nor beast, neither living nor dead, but all things mingled, the form of all things but devoid of all form. And in that moment, the sacrament of body and soul was dissolved, and a voice seemed to cry ‘Let us go hence’, and then the darkness beyond the stars, the darkness of everlasting. (11) The description evokes Genesis, and the impregnation of Mary by a ‘great god’ functions as a blasphemous reworking of the creation of the universe and the birth of Christ. The

in Suicide and the Gothic
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The most Gothic of acts – suicide in generic context

the Burial of the Dead’, in The Book of Common Prayer and the Administration of the Sacraments … According to the Use of the Church of England (London: SPCK, n.d.), pp. 346–50, at p. 346. Though formally baptised into the Irish Presbyterian tradition, Castlereagh was educated as a member of the Church of England to qualify him for government service. See John Bew, Castlereagh: The Biography of a Statesman (London: Quercus, 2011), Ch. 2. 14 Anon., ‘The Late Marquis of Londonderry: Coroner’s Report’, p. 3, col. 3

in Suicide and the Gothic

. Adorno, ‘she demonizes Catholicism as the latest mythology, and with it civilization as a whole. The energies previously focused on the sacrament are now devoted, perversely, to sacrilege’. 88 Juliette is a lover of system and order. In Sade’s earlier Justine, or The Misfortunes of Virtue (1791), a love of systematisation is reflected in the Comte de Gernande’s mathematical and almost ceremonial

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