Also called a misericord, a projection on the underside of the seats of
the choir stalls of medieval churches and chapels, etc. Misereres are usually
ornamented with carved work, and are so shaped that when the seats proper
are folded up they form a small seat at a higher level, sufficient to afford
some support to a person resting upon it. Aged and infirm ecclesiastics
were allowed to use these during long services.
|Miserere in Ely Cathedral depicting
Noah and the dove