And here’s the picture that caused me to change my mind, posted just a few hours ago on the previous blog, initially small format, and then enlarged (when what appeared initially to be “poking rods” by the torturers/executioners showed up as coil-like, and almost certainly a single length of rope used to raise and lower the victim.
PS. I’d have preferred the rope held by the nearside fella to have gone over the side member of the gridiron, not under it. But you know these medieval artists – so challenged re perspective.
Possibly more to come. Must go back and take another look at the “crucifixion” paraphernalia on the border of the Lirey badge.
PS: I’ve used the term “rope” in its broadest sense. It may have been metal cable (heat-resistant). Or maybe cable had not been invented, so they used water-soaked rope? I’ve seen another picture (will search out) of the martyrdom with a big container at the end of the grid. Water?
Afterthought. As I said recently, I’m my own harshest critic. Coming back to that picture, there are contrary reasons for thinking it may not be a rope being worked from left to right, First, the free end behind the grip of the man on the right is rigid, not flopping down, so could be a rod of pole. Secondly what appears to be a twisted rope-like appearance might be an artefact of viewing online. The coiled effect is best seen in enlargments, making it possible it’s an artefact, though it is still visible (just) in the non-enlarged pictures. I guess it’s possible that two men are both poking their separate rigid poles at the same bit of embers near the feet , though why the artist would choose to draw the “poles” so they appear to meet as if one is anybody’s guess.
Update: Thursday Feb 13: I’ve added a question mark to the title!
(This blog being a real time account of the way my thinking evolves, complete with wrong turnings, cul-de-sacs etc).