The gargoyle often makes his perch On a cathedral or a church Where, mid eclesiastic style He smiles an early Gothic smile Oliver Herford
Welcome. Your are about to meet a peculiar race of creatures which inhabited the great cathedrals of the Middle Ages, proliferating between the 11th and 13th centuries. Some of their decendants have ventured away from churches, migrating to other important buildings, but they have not fared as well as those still comfortably situated in cathedral walls. If you look up you may see one now and then...
Let's go back a few centuries and find out what they are and how they came to be.
GARGOYLES AND THE MEDIEVAL MIND