Thomas Cranmer’s Boojum

Dienstag, 24. Mai 2016 - 22:53

And now for something completely different:

The center left image is a detail from an anti catholic propaganda print Faiths Victorie in Romes Crueltie (top; published by Thomas Jenner, c. 1630), which shows the burning by his foes at the stake. The bottom left image is a +135° rotated detail from Henry Holiday’s illustration (right side) to the final chapter The Vanishing in Lewis Carroll’s The Hunting of the Snark (published in the year 1876).

This is one of the reasons why I believe that the “vanishing” of the hero in Lewis Carroll’s and Henry Holiday’s The Hunting of the Snark is an allusion to the burning of Thomas Cranmer.

Snark hunting grounds:

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