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Collegiate Church of St. Mary
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Crowded with gilded, carved, and painted tombs, the Beauchamp Chapel of this church is the essence of late-medieval and Tudor chivalry—although it was built (1443–64) to honor the somewhat-less-than-chivalrous Richard Beauchamp, who consigned Joan of Arc to the flames. Alongside his impressive effigy in gilded bronze lie the fine tombs of Robert Dudley, earl of Leicester, adviser and favorite of Elizabeth I, and Leicester's brother Ambrose. The church's chancel, distinguished by its flying ribs, a feature unique to a parish church, houses the alabaster table tomb of Thomas Beauchamp and his wife; the adjacent tiny Dean's chapel has exquisite miniature fan vaulting. In the Norman crypt, look for the rare ducking stool (a chair in which people were tied for public punishment). There's a brass-rubbing center, and you can climb the tower in summer. It's a five-minute walk from Warwick Castle.
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