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Today’s Friday Photo depicts a mural of mediaeval craftsmen found throughout the Charing Cross station on the London Underground’s Northern Line. The name of this station (as with so much of London’s geography) dates back to the Middle Ages, and reveals a very different side of Edward I than that we met with earlier this week. In fact, the ‘Cross’ refers to twelve memorial crosses which were commissioned by King Edward I following the death of his wife Eleanor in 1290. They marked the route of her funeral procession, which wound from Lincoln down to London, and were meant to invoke prayers for the departed queen’s soul. Although only three (and not the original Charing cross) survive today, we can gauge from such a massive artistic undertaking the depth of love offered to Eleanor by her husband–even though she never managed to inspire such affection from her subjects. The modern murals depict all the bustle and confusion of these mediaeval artisans at work.