Dr Ellie Pridgeon FSA promoting the study of medieval wall paintings

Medieval Wall Paintings in Children’s Literature: Review of Danse Macabre by Katherine Langrish (Harper Collins 2007)

on January 23, 2013

This atmospheric ghost story for children is written by our friend Kath Langrish, a fellow musician and the sister of John Langrish, who runs the monthly Greyhound Music Session at Letcombe Regis in Oxfordshire.  Published by Harper Collins in Midnight Feast – a fundraising book for charities War Child and No Strings – the story tells of Philip Acton’s encounter with a sinister Danse Macabre medieval fresco in a French monastic church.  While Philip is haunted by a shadowy presence, his historian father visits the abbey library to decipher the mystery of the menacing Jehan le Necre and to establish his connection with the painting.  The work is pleasingly reminiscent of M.R. James’ ghost stories The Stalls of Barchester Cathedral and O Whistle and I’ll Come to You My Lad.

Midnight Feast

Kath – herself an historian of literature – is a successful young adult book author, and has written a number of fascinating stories published by Harper Collins.  These include the Viking-inspired Troll Fell Trilogy and Dark Angels, which takes place on the twelfth-century Welsh borders .





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