The iconoclasm of the Reformation destroyed objects, furnishings, stained glass and wall paintings with the result that very few medieval church artefacts and decorations survive. Some objects were protected because they had been placed in tombs; some were hidden and came to light later; some, like the Stratford-upon-Avon mace, were altered and re-used in a new context. The Lacock Cup is an example of the opposite process: it is a secular feasting cup re-used as a sacred chalice for serving communion wine in the Protestant church.
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