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Guillaume de Lorris and Jean de Meung Le Roman de la Rose. Country or nationality of origin French Date 1460-1470

St. Barbara by Robert Campin from the Merode Altarpiece 1425-28 Campin's settle, in this picture, has a back rail on hinges, so that it can be swung across, allowing people to sit facing the fire. In the background is an ornate carved dressoir and a folding x frame stool. The top lights of the window are glazed with small clear panes, while the lower part has only shutters. Pear Tree Miniatures Gallery

Geel, Vlaanderen. St.-Dimpnakerk, passion altar, shutters, outside, St. Barbara

Annunciation Book of Hours, Use of Rome ('Hours of Jacques de Brégilles') Origin Netherlands, S. (Bruges) Date c. 1460 Language Latin, with some French

Annunciation by Robert Campin from the Merode Altarpiece 1425-28 A remarkably unconcerned Virgin leans against Campin's favourite bench settle, with a footboard, gothic tracery at either end and a latticework back. A brass cauldron and towel indicate a corner for washing? Candles are placed in hinged brackets on the hooded fireplace. The top lights of the window have expensive patterned glass, but the lower lights have only a mesh and wooden shutters. Pear Tree Miniatures Gallery

The Annunciation, c. 1525. Joos van Cleve (Netherlandish). Oil on wood. 32.100.60. Metropolitan Museum, New York. A little late - but full of great detail. Private altar on the sideboard; candle with reflector on left wall; Holy Face pinned to back wall (though Christ appears to have horns like the Devil).

Stokesay Castle ~ is a fortified manor house, built in the late 13th century. Lawrence of Ludlow, a wealthy local wool-merchant, bought the property in 1281 & raised one of the first fortified manor houses in England, 'builded like a castle' for effect but lit by large domestic-style windows. Stokesay's magnificent open hearthed great hall displays a fine timber roof, shuttered gable windows and a precipitous staircase, its treads cut from whole tree-trunks.