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The suicide of Judas is not Biblical - Acts 1:18-19 describes his end - but Judas announces his suicidal intentions in the York Mystery Cycle (Cooks & Water - Leaders Play) quoted above, and his self-hanging came into art generally from the late Middle Ages/Early Renaissance. One of the characters in Christopher Marlowes Jew of Malta (1589/90) says scornfully of his villainous master that the hat he wears, Judas left under the elder when he hanged himself² - by this time the suicide had obviously become an accepted part of the Judas story.
The large red ochre M (for Mary) Monogram on the left is probably 15th century, perhaps a bit later than the Judas painting. The remarkable Anglo-Saxon inscription at Breamore is also on these pages.
¹The Cukes & Waterleders Play, The York Cycle of Mystery Plays, ed. JD Purvis, 1957 (SPCK) p.256
²The Plays of Christopher Marlowe, ed. R.Gill, Oxford, 1971, p. 241
Website for St Marys, Breamore
Purgatorial Ladder, with the Seven Deadly Sins, Chaldon, Surrey
|Passion Cycle, Ickleton, Cambs||Painted Anglo-Saxon Inscription, Breamore, Hampshire||Painted Rood (Crucifixion), Breamore Hampshire||Suicide of Judas (later), Breamore, Hampshire||Judgement with Apostles, Houghton-on-the-Hill, Norfolk|
|Allegorical Joust, Claverley, Shropshire||David overcoming the Lion/(repainted) Knight representing a Virtue, Copford, Essex||Raising of Jairuss daughter, Copford, Essex||Martyrdom of S.Edmund & other subjects, Fritton, Norfolk||Apostle or Prophet, Little Easton, Essex|
|Christ in Majesty, Kempley, Gloucestershire||The Three Marys (Maries) at the sepulchre, Kempley, Gloucestershire||The Fall & its Aftermath, Hardham, Sussex||Life of St. James, Stoke Orchard, Gloucestershire||Apostles & angels supporting Christ in Majesty, West Chiltington, Sussex|
|St. Martin dividing his cloak, Wareham, Dorset||Christ in Majesty, with Judgement details, Clayton, Sussex||King Herod & an attendant, and the Flight into Egypt, Coombes, Sussex||Christ in Majesty, with Traditio Legis & and illusionistic painted figure, Coombes, Sussex||Two scenes from the Life of St. Cuthbert-Pittington, Durham NEW|
© Anne Marshall 2002