Martin M. Miles

Martin M. Miles

Posted on 07/19/2013


Photo taken on August  1, 2012



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lion
style saintongeais
Master of Beasts
corbel
Rétaud
Poitou-Charentes
Charente-Maritime
Saintonge
France
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Saint-Trojan


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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.


The apse looks pretty much like the apse in Rioux, and some of the icons from the corbels in Rioux can be found here as well.

Is the lion devouring the two girls? Having seen the many "Masters of Beasts" inside the church, I rather see two small ladies - and one lion. They even dare to put their hands into the lion´s mouth.

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