Shakespeare Connected - The Material Faith of Shakespeare
The ‘superstitious’ association of images and objects with a protective function continued well after the establishment of Protestantism. Angels in particular were thought to keep a benign watch over human affairs and fend off evil spirits.
While images of saints and holy figures were forbidden in Protestant places of worship, angels often survived purges of church imagery especially if they were hard to reach. The carved wooden angel once stood high in the roof space of the Guild Chapel and would still have been visible in Shakespeare’s lifetime.
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