Wednesday, 18 April 2012
A Devilish Candlestick
Like most of the furnishings in Montacute, the candlestick isn’t original to the house... although it might well have graced the library of a sophisticated English gentleman in the eighteenth century when it was made. At that time, the story of Faust would have been best known through Christopher Marlowe’s play The Tragical History of the Life and Death of Doctor Faustus. Mephistopheles would have been viewed as a romanticised literary character, rather than a fearsome mediaeval demon!