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Saint-Trojan
style saintongeais
Master of Beasts
Master of the Beasts
Rétaud
Poitou-Charentes
Charente-Maritime
Saintonge
France
Leo Gerstenzang Q-Tips


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Rétaud - Saint-Trojan

Rétaud - Saint-Trojan
Only about 6kms north of the wonderful Romanesque church in Rioux (see previuos uploads) is Saint-Trojan in the center of Rétaud. Both churches seem to be closely related in many ways. They shared a very similar floorplan, when they were erected end of the 12th century. It looks like only one workshop worked in both villages.

Just like in Rioux there is not much known, about the history of the building, that as well may have served as a priory church.

There is a surprisingly high number of animals here. They populate the capitals in Saint-Trojan. Most can be seen with their masters. Here even two masters can be seen with their beasts.

During medieval times, long before Leo Gerstenzang invented the cotton swab ("Q-Tips") in the 1920s, trained birds were often used for cleaning the masters´ ears.

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