Cadaver Tombs

Bristol, Avon.


The Effigy of Bishop Paul Bush (1490-1558)

The Effigy of Bishop Paul Bush (1490-1558. Photograph: Jonathan Goddard, 2001.)

He studied Divinity & Medicine at Oxford then joined the Bonhommes (an order of Austin Friars founded in the Middles Ages) He became their provincial Prior in Edington in Wiltshire. He was also chaplain to Henry VIII. He was consecrated Bishop of Bristol on 15 July 1542.

He married in October 1553 for which act the crown (under Mary Tudor) took action against him. He resigned to the rectory of Winterbourne on June 21 1554 where he died and was buried with his wife in 1558.

Apparently, he was a bit of a poet and his medical writings included "A Lyttle Treatyse on Ghostly Medicines in Plague".

The Effigy of Bishop Paul Bush (1490-1558. Photograph: Jonathan Goddard, 2001.)

The cadarver seems to be a cruder carving than some, the ribs being rather angular and the figure having a somewhat flattened frame. His tonsured head rests on his Mitre. He is a little worn and has lost his forefeet.

The Effigy of Bishop Paul Bush (1490-1558. Photograph: Jonathan Goddard, 2001.)

 

 

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